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Platteville's Momot finishes 21st at state
IowaGrant's Jenks places 42nd in D3
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Junior Vince Momot finished 21st in Saturdays WIAA D2 boys state cross country race.

     WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Platteville junior Vince Momot’s second race at the state cross country meet started out near the middle of the pack, but ended as one of the greatest performances turned in by a Hillmen athlete.

     Momot started out in 70th place at the beginning of Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 boys’ state championship race, but overtook 49 runners on the challenging 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout to finish 21st in a season-best time of 16:35.45.

     In fact, Momot’s time was the third best ever ran by a Platteville athlete at the Ridges course in Wisconsin Rapids, behind only Chad Engelke (16:19 in 1988) and Dean Knetter (16:32 in 1990).

     “Vince ran a great race, starting out modestly,” said Platteville head coach Rob Serres. “ By the mile he had moved up into the top 30, and then continued to battle to the finish to place 21st. The conditions were good with temperatures in the low 40’s, in one of the most competitive fields ever assembled. Congratulations to Vince.”

     Momot also fed off the support of a group of 30 Platteville supporters — teammates, family and friends — who made the trip to cheer him on.

     A year ago as a sophomore Momot finished 19th at state with a time of 19:48.69.

     Nekoosa/Port Edwards senior Ben Eidenschnick won the D2 boys’ individual title with a time of 15:42.71, nearly eight seconds better than Wisconsin Lutheran senior Kyler Lueck (15:50.43).

     However, Lueck and led Lutheran to a dominating team championship outscoring runner-up Shorewood, 33–123.

WIAA Division 2 State Championship
(from Saturday, Nov. 1 @ Wisconsin Rapids)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Green Bay Notre Dame 91, 2.McFarland 99, 3.Shorewood 104, 4.Two Rivers 118, 5.Wisconsin Lutheran 130, 6.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 133, 7.Freedom 222, 8.Winneconne 234, 9.Cedar Grove–Belgium 256, 10.Pewaukee 270, 11.Deerfield/Cambridge 272, 12.Ashland 309, 13.Fox Valley Lutheran 314, 14.Northwestern 315, 15.Mauston 352, 16.Wisconsin Dells 359.
Top individuals: 1.Amy Davis (Edgewood) 17:46.23, 2.Morgan Florsheim (Shorewood) 18:18.78, 3.Alicia Monson (Amery) 18:50.48, 4.Kristy Terp (Two Rivers) 18:52.39, 5.Audrey Janik (Wisconsin Lutheran) 19:01.41.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Wisconsin Lutheran 33, 2.Shorewood 123, 3.Lakeland 131, 4.Pewaukee 148, 5.Green Bay Notre Dame 180, 6.McFarland 197, 7.Winneconne 198, 8.Madison Edgewood 215, 9.Waukesha Catholic Memorial 241, 10.Colby/Abbotsford 249, 11.Valders 258, 12.Mauston 259, 13.Ashland 268, 14.Oconto Falls 330, 15.Waupun 341, 16.Unity/Luck 393.
Top individuals: 1.Ben Eidenschnick (Nekoosa/Port Edwards) 15:42.71, 2.Kyler Lueck (Wis. Lutheran) 15:50.43, 3.Josh Schrader (Nekoosa/Port Edwards) 15:56.67, 4.Robert Wagner (Pewaukee) 16:00.99, 5.Eric Brown II (Wisconsin Lutheran) 16:06.03.
Platteville: 21.Vince Momot 16:35.45.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS —  Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Iowa–Grant senior Jordan Jenks wrapped up his prep cross country career on Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 state cross country meet.

     Jenks fought through nagging injuries to overcame an hour delay due to too much frost on the course at The Ridges Golf Course to finish 42nd overall in a season-best time of 17:30.80.

     “A delay like that can really affect performances for runners who don’t time their meals accordingly,” said Iowa–Grant/Highland head coach Corey McCracken. “Jordan did well, beating his best time of the year by 10 seconds. Nagging injuries [hip, hamstring] did return, but he was able to push on.”

     Jenks was a two-year state qualifier just like older brothers Eric and Kurt before him. Jordan finished 30th as a sophomore and just missed out on a return trip to state as a junior while dealing with injuries.

     “Being the front runner for four years and battling through various aliments has shown his best qualities,” added McCracken.
“Jordan handles pressure well. He always finds that extra gear at sectionals. What impressed me the most over the past four years though is his preparation; settings goals every season, the prep on race day to find the best route through every corner or rough patch of ground and knowing where to be in a race at any given moment. As we move forward without him next year, much of what he did will permeate through the future runners he led.”

     Chequamegon junior Kevin Koski race to the D3 boys’ individual title in a time of 16:06.72. Boscobel junior Dakota Kauffman finished second at 16:18:47.

     Darling junior Jaden Komprood (16:28.76) finished third and led the Redbirds to a fourth consecutive team title.

WIAA Division 3 State Championship
(from Saturday, Nov. 1 @ Wisconsin Rapids)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Oshkosh Lourdes 68, 2.Westby 90, 3.Poynette 127, 4.La Crosse Aquinas 147, 5.Phillips 173, 6.Rosholt 205, 7.Brookfield Academy 227, 8.Boscobel 229, 9.Kenosha Saint Joe’s 238, 10.Chequamegon 242, 11.Saint Mary’s Springs 256, 12.Glenwood City 256, 13.Howards Grove 271, 14.Fall Creek 309, 15.Cameron 339, 16.Stratford 342. 
Top individuals: 1.Delaney Greene (Marion) 19:05.43, 2.Jennifer Lichter (La Crosse Aquinas) 19:11.76, 3.Keely Foley (Boscobel) 19:32.53, 4.Ryanne Schneider (La Crosse Aquinas) 19:43.66, 5.Noelle Marie (Belleville) 19:44.12.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Darlington 54, 2.Chequamegon 90, 3.Albany 90, 4.La Crosse Aquinas 146, 5.Eau Claire Memorial 203, 6.Sheboygan Lutheran 207, 7.Brookwood 224, 8.Chippewa Falls McDonell Central 225, 9.Marathon 233, 10.Brillion 242, 11.Brookfield Academy 255, 12.Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 269, 13.Rosholt 280, 14.Columbus Catholic 305, 15.Webster 315, 16.Racine St. Catherine’s 330.
Top individuals: 1.Kevin Koski (Chequamegon) 16:06.72, 2.Dakota Kauffman (Boscobel) 16:18.47, 3.Jaden Komprood (Darlington) 16:28.76, 4.Brandon Books (Chetek–Weyerhaeuser) 16:42.42, 5.John David Ford (Kenosha St. Joe’s) 16:44.21.
Iowa–Grant: 42.Jordan Jenks 17:30.80.