The Mauston boys cross country team got its season off to a fine start last Saturday as the Golden Eagles finished second as a team at the Brookwood Quadrangular in Ontario.
Sophomore Eli Boppart picked up right where he left off after qualifying for state last season as he finished second in the boys race with a time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds. Boppart helped the Golden Eagles score 51 points, finishing 19 behind the host Falcons, while Cashton’s Jarret Carpenter (17:48) won the boys race.
Behind Boppart, the rest of the Golden Eagles top-five finished inside the top-15, led by Eli Hallwood, as the freshman took 10th overall in 20:48. Sophomore Graham Hallwood was close behind in 12th place with a time of 20:50, while Drake Gosda (20:59) and Tanner Harrison (21:00) finished a second apart to take 13th and 14th.
Five other Eagles finished inside the top-20 for Mauston, led by Tyler Schwartz’s 15th place finish (21:25).
It was a tougher day for the Golden Eagles girls as they finished in fourth place with a score of 108.
The Brookwood girls finished off a sweep for the Falcons by winning the team title with 31 points, while Sparta’s Mikayla Carkhuff won the girls race in 22:59.
Leading the way for the Mauston girls was Autumn Drinkwine, as the junior posted the team’s lone top-10 finish by taking ninth in a time of 25:42. Behind Drinkwine, junior Elle Horn finished in 18th (27:11), while senior Kennedy Barnier (28:40) and freshman Morgan Firlus (28:49) finished seconds apart in 25th and 26th.
Sophomore Emma Sewers (30th, 29:31), senior Haley Heath (31st, 29:58) and sophomore Roslyn Malacina (34th, 34:01) rounded out the Golden Eagles runners. Mauston returns to action Thursday when it hosts Wisconsin Dells and Wautoma in a South Central Conference triangular.
Team scores: Brookwood 32, Mauston 51, Cashton 75, Sparta 96.
Top-five individuals: 1, Carpenter, C, 17:48; 2, Boppart, M, 18:32; 3, Barrientos, B, 19:33; 4, Powell, B, 19:37; 5, Medoza, B, 19:39.
Mauston: 2, Eli Boppart, 18:32; 10, Eli Hallwood, 20:48; 12, Graham Hallwood, 20:50; 13, Drake Gosda, 20:59; 14, Tanner Harrison, 21:00; 15, Tyler Schwartz, 21:25; 16, Joe Hammer, 21:26; 17, Gabe Czlapinski, 21:26; 18, Nelson Brandt, 22:07; 20, John Luke, 22:43; 26, Rumen Southworth, 24:24; 29, Blake Herewig, 25:23; 30, Ahren Heinrich, 25:49; 33, Ethan Mould, 26:58.
Team scores: Brookwood 31, Cashton 38, Sparta 61, Mauston 108.
Top-five individuals: 1, Carkhuff, S, 22:59; 2, Downing, B, 24:17; 3, Mason, C, 24:27; 4, Meyers, C, 24:37; 5 (tie), Gruen, B, and Silva, B, 24:38.
Mauston: 9, Autumn Drinkwine, 25:42; 18, Elle Horn, 27:11; 25, Kennedy Barnier, 28:40; 26, Morgan Firlus, 28:49; 30, Emma Sweres, 29:31; 31, Haley Heath, 29:58; 34, Roslyn Malacina, 34:01. At Brookwood H.S., 5,000 meters.
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