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PREP CROSS COUNTRY: WIAA Division 3 Albany Sectional
By Jason Nihles, Boscobel Dial / Fennimore Times / The Platteville Journal
Boscobel girls win sectional title to advance to state
SPRING GREEN — The Platteville boys and girls cross country teams competed at the SWC Cross Coun
ALBANY — The Boscobel cross country teams traveled to Albany Saturday for the WIAA Division 3 Albany sectional meet, where the top two teams and five individuals (not on a qualifying team) were looking to punch their ticket to the WIAA state meet.
The Boscobel girls squad started the day with a strong performance, finishing in first place and capturing their second sectional championship in a row.
The girls scored 52 points followed by Lancaster (78), Poynette (124), Albany (128), and Darlington (142) rounding out the top-5 team fishers in a field of 21 teams.
Sophomore Nora Jillson defended her sectional championship by winning with a time of 19:40.
The next finishers for the Lady Bulldogs were junior Aleya Kliesner (7th, 21:23), senior Skyler Carlin (12th, 21:43), freshman Aubrey Seep (20th, 22:40), junior Lilah Glasbrenner (21st, 22:48), senior Easton Carlin (37th, 24:02) and senior Trinity Steele (59th, 25:51).
For the girls, this marks their seventh sectional championship in school history (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2021 and 2022) and their third back-to-back sectional title.
Jillson becomes the girls first back-to back sectional champion, and the second two-time champion in school history Keely Foley in 2011 and ‘14, Lynne Fitzgerald (‘81) and Tasha Utiz (‘01) are Boscobel’s other sectional champions.
“Coming into this season, we knew it was going take a lot of patience,” said head coach Matthew Fritz. “We were going to make big gains as a team, but it was going to take time. We are getting a lot better at the right time and I am so proud and excited for the girls to have one more week and end our season at the state meet. Saturday was just the third win of the season for the ladies. It was also exciting to see Nora win her second individual sectional title in a row. They are all determined to see what they can do at the state meet.”
In the boys’ race, junior Gabe Davis had a fantastic race and finished three spots away from qualifying for the state meet with an 11th-place finish at 18:12.
The next finishers for the Bulldogs were senior Hayden Schott (37th, 19:59), junior Tucker Schmid-Cox (44th, 20:15), sophomore Sawyer Smith (47th, 20:21), junior Eli Biba (56th, 20:56), freshman Gus Olson (57th, 20:58), and freshman Tyler Miller (100th, 22:49).
The boys team finished in fifth place out of 21 teams with a team score of 182. Iowa-Grant (59), Fennimore (106), Albany (126), and Belleville (158) finished ahead of the Bulldogs.
“The guys ran their best race of the year and I couldn’t be more proud of the gains that they have made this year,” said Fritz. “Gabe Davis definitely put himself out there to try and qualify as an individual, and tell just short. He ran a very smart race. This is a young and determined group, so I am excited to see the work that they put in to improve for next year.”
The WIAA State Meet will be held this Saturday, at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, with the Division 3 girls’ race scheduled for noon.
It should be a very exciting and highly contested race with the Boscobel girls team looking to defend last year’s state championship.
WIAA Division 3 Albany Sectional
(from Saturday, Oct. 22 @ Albany)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Team standings: 1.Boscobel 54, 2.Lancaster 78, 3.Poynette 124, 4.Albany 128, 5.Darlington 124, 6.Madison Country Day 146, 7.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 148, 8.Pecatonica/Argyle 212, 9.Belleville 214, 10.North Crawford 222, 11.Orfordville Parkview 231, Fennimore inc., Shullsburg/Belmont inc., Iowa–Grant inc., Wauzeka/Steuben inc., Riverdale inc., River Ridge inc., Marshall inc., St. Ambrose Academy inc.
Top individuals: 1.Nora Jillson (Bos) 19:40.7, 2.Ella Wiffen (Country Day) 20:04.3, 3.Agnes Carstens (NC) 20:31.4, 4.Hannah Hallick (Country Day) 20:40.9, 5.Hope Connolly (Iowa–Grant) 20:57.4.
Individual state qualifiers: 2.Wiffen (Country Day) 20:04.3, 3.Carstens (NC) 20:31.4, 4.Hallick (Country Day) 20:40.9, 5.Connolly (Iowa–Grant) 20:57.4, 7.Samantha Herrling (WH/B) 21:15.8.
Boscobel (54): 1.Jillson 21:13.2, 7.(6).Aleya Kliesner 21:13.2, 12.(10).Skyler Carlin 21:43.8, 20.(17).Aubrey Seep 22:40.9, 21.(18).Lilah Glasbrenner 22:48.9, 37.(32).Easton Carlin 24:02.5, 59.(49).Trinity Steele 25:51.8.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team standings: 1.Iowa–Grant 59, 2.Fennimore 106, 3.Albany 126, 4.Belleville 158, 5.Boscobel 182, 6.Riverdale 186, 7.Darlington 201, 8.Poynette 202, 9.Orfordville Parkview 251, 10.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 253, 11.Rio/Fall River 267, 12.Pecatonica/Argyle 295, 13.St. Ambrose Academy 315, 14.Marshall 341, 15.Lancaster 364, 16.River Ridge 370, 17.North Crawford 374, Shullsburg/Belmont inc., Madison Country Day inc., Seneca inc.
Top individuals: 1.Carter Scholy (Belleville) 17:00.2, 2.Mason Aide (Iowa–Grant) 17:07.7, 3.Nick Stitzer (Riverdale) 17:12.5, 4.Kirk Caminiti (WH/B) 17:44.5, 5.Jaxon Hornby (Marshall) 17:49.6.
Individual state qualifiers: 1.Scholy (Belleville) 17:00.2, 3.Stitzer (Riverdale) 17:12.5, 4.Caminiti (WH/B) 17:44.5, 5.Hornby (Marshall) 17:49.6, 7.Tanis Crawford (Poynette) 17:55.3.
Boscobel (182): 11.Gabe Davis 18:12.7, 37.(35).Hayden Schott 19:59.2, 44.(41).Tucker Schmid-Cox 20:15.6, 47.(44).Sawyer Smith 20:21.3, 56.(51).Elijah Bib 20:56.0, 57.(52).Gus Olson 20:58.1, 100.(91).Tyler Miller 22:49.1.