Platteville’s Cullen Bryla took full advantage of running on his home course at last Thursday’s SWC Cross Country Championships.
The standout senior covered the familiar 5,000-meter layout at UW–Platteville Veterans Memorial Park in 16:30.7 to claim the boys’ individual championship and led the Hillmen to the SWC team title.
Sophomore teammate Vince Momot finished second overall in 16:32.8 to aid Platteville’s winning effort.
Senior Ben Bahr finished sixth in 17:21 and Max Frommelt placed seventh in 17:38.2 to join Cullen and Momot as first-team all-conference runners.
Freshman Dan Iselin (eighth, 17:42.2) and junior Colton Henry (11th, 17:50.9) each finished in the top 14 to earn second-team All-SWC honors.
Sophomore Blake Julius rounded out Platteville’s line-up with a 17th place finish (18:17.5).
With five of the eight finishers and Henry as a strong kicker at 11th, Platteville easily outpointed challenger Dodgeville/Mineral Point 24–57 to claim the boys’ team title.
The victory also wrapped up the season-long conference championship for the Hillmen, who went a perfect 5–0 in SWC duals during the regular season.
“I am extremely proud of the kids, most all of them ran PR’s,” said Platteville coach Rob Serres. “Cullen was the individual conference champion and that’s a fantastic achievement. He went out and ran a great race. We also had nine all-conference kids.”
The Platteville girls gave it their all but fell short in their attempt to unseat Dodge–Point as the girls’ SWC champion.
The Dodgers had four of the top five finishers, including individual champion Hannah Owens (15:18) and coasted to the team title with 18 points.
Platteville was a distant second with 72 points. Lancaster was third with 100.
Senior Rachel Schwarzmann, a first-year runner on the Platteville team, paced the Platteville girls with an eighth-place finish (16:21.3).
Junior Allie Serres placed 11th in 16:29.8, and fellow junior Holly Kasper finished 14th at 16:35.9.
All three Hillmen runners earned second-team All-SWC honors.
Platteville returns to action this Saturday at the WIAA Division 2 Monroe Sectional. The girls’ race begins at 11 a.m.
(from Thursday, Oct. 17 @ Platteville)
(Girls, 4,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 18, 2.Platteville 72, 3.Lancaster 100, 4.Richland Center/Ithaca 107, 5.River Valley 109, 6.Prairie du Chien 135.
Final SWC standings: 1.Dodgeville 15, 2.Platteville 12, 3(tie).Lancaster 6, 3(tie).Richland Center/Ithaca 6, 5.River Valley 5, 6.Prairie du Chien 1.
Top individuals: 1.Hannah Owens (D/MP) 15:18, 2.Anna Eisenzimmer (D/MP) 15:53, 3.Sydney Wagner (Lan) 16:05, 4.Mary Hanson (D/MP) 16:14, 5.Mikaela Bakker (D/MP) 16:16.
Platteville: 8.Rachel Schwarzmann 16:21.3, 11.Allie Serres 16:29.8, 14.Holly Kasper 16:35.9, 18.Cassidy Roth 16:56.9, 29.McKenzie Scanlan 17:36.5, 30.Hannah Digman 17:37.6, 31.Hannah Van Natta 17:37.8.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Platteville 24, 2.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 57, 3.Prairie du Chien 93, 4.Lancaster 103, 5.River Valley 106, 6.Richland Center/Ithaca 157.
Final SWC standings: 1.Platteville 15, 2.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 12, 3.Prairie du Chien 9, 4.Lancaster 5, 5.River Valley 4, 6.Richland Center 0.
1.Cullen Bryla (Pla) 16:30.7, 2.Vince Momot (Pla) 16:32.8, 3.Alec Bass (RV) 16:32.8, 4.Tyler Wunnicke (D/MP) 17:02.2, 5.Ethan Ingle (PdC) 17:20.3.
Platteville: 1.Bryla 16:30.7, 2.Momot 16:32.8, 6.Ben Bahr 17:21, 7.Max Frommelt 17:38.2, 8.Dan Iselin 17:42.2, 11.Colton Henry 17:50.