WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Platteville standout runners Vince Momot and Dan Iselin closed out their sensational seasons at the WIAA state cross country championships Saturday at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
The Hillmen duo battled miserable conditions and a talented field to finish among the top 30 runners in the Division 2 boys race.
Momot, a senior three-year state qualifier, trudged through the mud and rain to finish 22nd out of 150 runners with a time of 16:57.76.
Iselin, a junior and two-time state qualifier, was close behind, placing 27th with a time of 17:04.09.
“We were very proud of how Vince and Dan performed at the state cross country championships,” said Platteville head coach Rob Serres. “These are two very classy individuals, who went out and gave all they had on that given day.
“The conditions were very undesirable for the spectators and for fast times, but great for tough cross country runners. It was cold, muddy, and wet. Even with these conditions, Vince and Dan ran two of our faster times for any of our Platteville High School state participants throughout the years.”
Momot finished his career as one of the most decorated runners in Platteville history. He was a three-year state qualifier, finishing 21st a year ago and 19th in 2013 as a sophomore. Momot is also a four-time SWC all-conference performer and a two-time individual Southwest Wisconsin Conference champion. Two weeks ago he won his second consecutive SWC crown with a time of 16:18.9. He also finished second at the conference meet as a sophomore. Momot battled an injury much of his freshman year, but came back to finish 13th at the conference meet to earn second-team All-SWC honors.
Momot has qualified to run in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional at UW–Parkside on Nov. 28. The best runners from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will be competing in the event.
Momot will attend Iowa State University in Ames next fall where he will study aerospace engineering and attempt to walk on to the Cyclones’ cross country and track and field teams.
Iselin was making his second appearance at state after the Platteville boys qualified for state as a team during his freshman year in 2013. He finished 94th at state that season and was a second-team All-SWC performer that year.
Iselin finished third at the SWC conference meet two weeks ago and is a two-time first-team all-conference performer.
Iselin will take over as Platteville’s lead runner next year with the graduation of Momot.
Together Momot and Iselin have led the Hillmen to three consecutive SWC team titles and a sixth-place team finish at the 2013 Division 2 state meet two years ago.
“This was one of the nicest seasons we have ever had,” added Serres. “The girls team outperformed my expectations for them this season. They continued to get stronger as the season progressed and we have a group of very hungry kids for next year.
The Boys team did everything we could ask for. We all had high hopes for a team trip to the state meet, and we did all we were suppose to within the season and simply came up short. With that said, we had great progression from our boys and we met most all of the goals that we set out to accomplish. Having Dan and Vince race at the state meet was fun to watch.”
WIAA Division 2 State Championships
(from Saturday, Oct. 31 @ Wisc. Rapids)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Pewaukee 112, 2.Shorewood 138, 3.Luxemburg–Casco 138, 4.Wisconsin Lutheran 149, 5.Green Bay Notre Dame 153, 6.Berlin 172, 7.Whitewater 195, 8.McFarland 210, 9.Plymouth 213, 10.Ashland 216, 11.Lodi 228, 12.Freedom 239, 13.Peshtigo 286, 14.West Salem 304, 15.Northwestern 311, 16.Mauston 380.
Top individuals: 1.Alicia Monson (Amery) 18:28.96, 2.Dana Feyen (Gale–Ettrick–Trempealeau) 19:00.09, 3.Jacie Legois (Luxemburg–Casco) 19:07.96, 4.Audrey Janik (Wisconsin Lutheran) 19:11.97, 5.Erin Sorg (Delavan–Darien) 19:13.51.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Pewaukee 85, 2.Wisconsin Lutheran 102, 3.Green Bay Notre Dame 106, 4.McFarland 145, 5.Lakeland 167, 6.Shorewood 192, 7.Little Chute 197, 8.Madison Edgewood 217, 9.Northwestern 236, 10.Cedar Grove-Belgium 240, 11.Deerfield/Cambridge 265, 12.Omro 267, 13.Northland Pines 277, 14.Viroqua 308, 15.Rice Lake 330, 16.Mauston 376.
Top individuals: 1.Daniel Pederson (Spooner) 16:07.23, 2.Luke Sampson (Little Chute) 16:09.92, 3.Luke Bailey (Xavier) 16:21.02, 4.Timmy Heikkila (Northwestern) 16:22.67, 5.Robert Wagner (Pewaukee) 16:23.69.
Platteville: 22.Vince Momot 16:57.76, 27.Dan Iselin 17:04.09.