WISCONSIN RAPIDS — One of the strongest boys cross country team in Platteville history closed out a banner season Saturday with a sixth-place team finish at the WIAA Division 2 state championships.
Led by Top 20 finishes from seniors Cullen Bryla (16th) and sophomore Vince Momot (19th) Platteville scored 168 points finishing behind only champion Wisconsin Lutheran (63), runner-up Monroe (95), Shorewood (103), Freedom (109) and Little Chute (120) in the 16-team field.
Bryla finished 16th individually in a field of 150 runners, covering the 5,000-meter boys’ course at the Ridges Golf Course in a time of 16:44.56. Momot was close behind placing 19th at 16:48.69.
Senior Ben Bahr, Platteville’s third runner, finished 73rd at 17:43.66, while junior Max Frommelt (86th, 17:51.24), freshman Dan Iselin (94th, 18:02.93), junior Colton Henry (138th, 18:58.01) and junior Mike Donovan (143rd, 19:12.76) rounded out Platteville’s seven-man lineup.
“The boys had a great season,” said Hillmen coach Rob Serres. “They were one of the stronger teams in the history of the school. I was very pleased with the way these guys progressed throughout the season. They had a hunger for greatness, and put in the work to make that dream come true. You could see that hunger emerge right after the Platteville Invite where they placed third to both Monroe and Madison Edgewood who we knew were in our Sectional.”
After beating both Monroe and Edgewood at the Platteville Invite, the Hillmen boys narrowed their focus and went on to dominate — and win — both the Albany Invitational and the SWC Championship meet.”
According to coach Serres, the team then ran one of the finest races by any PHS squad to place second as a team at the Monroe Sectional, upsetting Edgewood in dramatic fashion to earn a trip to state.
“I was proud of all of our kids and their finishes,” said Serres. “They ran hard and gave their best efforts, and that is all you can ever ask for out of any athlete.”
Monroe senior Ethan Moehn won the boys’ D2 title in 15:58.93, holding off Shorewood’s Charlie Stahl (16:07.87).
Shorewood sophomore Morgan Florsheim (14:29.10) won the girls’ D2 title finishing nearly 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Amy Davis of Edgewood (14:47.14).
Though Davis won the ultimate prize as her Crusaders won the girls’ team title.
WIAA D2 State Meet
(from Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Wisconsin Rapids)
(Girls, 4,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Madison Edgewood 84, 2.Green Bay Notre Dame 96, 3.Two Rivers 100, 4.Shorewood 126, 5.Wisconsin Lutheran 130, 6.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 149, 7.Berlin 193, 8.Plymouth 206, 9.Pewaukee 214, 10.Mauston 264, 11.Deerfield/Cambridge 280, 12.Rice Lake 293, 13.Freedom 316, 14.Clintonville 337, 15.Viroqua 345, 16.Northwestern 371.
Top individuals: 1.Morgan Florsheim (Shorewood) 14:29.10, 2.Amy Davis (Edgewood) 14:47.14, 3.Kinsey Harmon (Berlin) 14:48.66, 4.Lisa Baeten (Luxemburg–Casco) 14:56.69, 5.Hannah Owens (Dodgeville/Mineral Point) 14:57.64.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Wisconsin Lutheran 63, 2.Monroe 95, 3.Shorewood 103, 4.Freedom 109, 5.Little Chute 120, 6.Platteville 168, 7.Notre Dame 205, 8.Catholic Memorial 221, 9.Xavier 247, 10.West Salem 256, 11.Oconto Falls 269, 12.Sparta 271, 13.Pewaukee 290, 14.Northwestern 315, 15.Portage 333, 16.Unity/Luck 438.
Top individuals: 1.Ethan Moehn (Monroe) 15:58.93, 2.Charlie Stahl (Shorewood) 16:07.87, 3.Eric Brown (Wisc. Lutheran) 16:11.44, 4.Jake Hirsbrunner (Monroe) 16:11.50, 5.Brett Harms (Whitewater) 16:14.27.
Platteville: 16.Cullen Bryla 16:44.56, 19.Vince Momot 16:48.69, 73.Ben Bahr 17:43.66, 86.Max Frommelt 17:51.24, 94.Dan Iselin 18:02.93,138.Colton Henry 18:58.01, 143.Mike Donovan 19:12.76.