VERONA — The Platteville High School boys and girls cross country teams kicked off the 2017 season at the 20-team Verona Invitational on Saturday.
The Platteville boys team won the Division 3 competition with Jace Serres (17:01) medaling, placing 19th overall in the field of 140 and second in D3 with a time of 17:00.22.
Serres was followed by junior Calvin Wernimont (8th/64th, 18:06), junior Alex Sonsalla (11th/82nd, 18:37), senior Logan Henry (14th/86th, 18:42), sophomore Miles Steckling (18th/92nd, 18:53), junior John Cramer (22nd/97th, 19:00) and junior Lucas Johnson (26th/110th, 19:39) rounding out the top seven scorers for the Hillmen.
The Platteville girls team placed fifth out of the seven teams in the Division 3 competition and 17th overall.
Junior Cori Kettler was Platteville’s first finisher at 22:35. She placed 20th in D3 and 77th overall out of 134 varsity runners. Senior Morgan Wehnke came in 23rd/83rd (22:52), followed by senior Julia Kasper (27th/91st, 23:06), freshman Harmony Bell (30th/95th), sophomore Alexis Thompson (33rd/112th) and senior Hanna Langmaier (37th/112th)
Sophomore Brittani Meis had to drop out with a hip injury rounding out the top seven scorers for the Hillmen.
Platteville raced Dodgevill/Minearl Point in a Southwest Wisconsin Conference dual on Tuesday and then will compete in the Luther College All-American Invitational on Saturday in Decorah, Iowa.
(from Saturday, Sept. 1 @ Verona)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Division 3 team scores: 1.Wisconsin Dells 22, 2.La Crosse Aquinas 68, 3.Westby 75, 4.Mauston 87, 5.Platteville 118, 6.Westfield/Montello 158, 7.New Glarus/Monticello 197.
Top finishers: 1.JLaura Beghin (WB)18:38.92, 2.Emily Cunningham (WD) 20:26.64, 3.Lindsay Cunningham (WD) 20:26.71, 4.Ryanne Schneider (Aquinas) 20:37.31, 5.Journey Malacina (Mauston) 20:40.51.
Platteville: 20.Cori Kettler 22:35, 23.Morgan Wehnke 22:52, 27.Julia Kasper 23:06, 30.Harmony Bell 23:19, 33.Alexis Thmpson 23:36, 37.Hanna Langmeier 24:19.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Division 3 team scores: 1.Platteville 52, 2.La Crosse Aquinas 60, 3.Mauston 80, 4.New Glarus/Monticello 114, 5.Wisconsin Dells 115, 6.Westby 127, 7.Whitewater 143.
Top finishers: 1.Hayden Fredrickson (Westby) 16:23.63, 2.Jace Serres (Pla) 17:00.22, 3.Jeremiah Degroot (Aquinas) 17:04.49 3.Josiah Ziebell (Mauston) 17:31.73, 5.Pablito Schulz (WD) 17:58.33.
Platteville: 2.Jace Serres 17:01, 8.Calvin Wernimont 18:06, 11.Alex Sonsalla 18:37, 14.Logan Henry 18:42, 18.Miles Steckleing 18:53, 22.John Cramer 19:00, 26.Lucas Johnson 19:39.
Iowa–Grant competes at Darlington Invite
DARLINGTON — The shorthanded Iowa–Grant Panthers competed at the 23-team Darlington Invitational on Saturday.
Neither I–G team factored in the team scoring as the Panthers didn’t have complete teams.
Freshman Nick Connolly led the boys’ with a 24th-place finish (18:39.8).
Sophomore Sam McLeer (108th) and freshman Cora Fritz (111th) were the only Panther girls that competed.
Iowa–Grant will return to action Saturday at the River Valley Invitational.
(from Saturday, Sept. 1 @ Darlington)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Prairie du Chien 76, 2.Darlington 88, 3.Beaver Dam 96, 4.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 104, 5.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 108, 6.Lancaster 108, 7.Albany 154, 8.Cashton 193, 9.Cashton 193, 9.Mount Horeb 214, 10.Fennimore 271, 11.Richland Center/Ithca 34, 12.River Valley 348, 13.Belleville 391, 14.Shullsburg 396, 15.Saint Ambrose Academy 401, 16.Iowa–Grant inc., North Crawford inc., Holy Family inc., Stockton/Warren (Ill.) inc., River Ridge inc., Pecatonica/Argyle inc., Riverdale inc.
Top finishers: 1.Jada Donaldson (Beaver Dam) 20:23.3, 2.Lydia Murphy (Lan) 20:32, 3.Amber Huser (PdC) 20:41, 4.Reghan Komprood (Dar) 20:41, 5.Helen Carstens (NC) 20:45.7.
Iowa–Grant: 108.Sam McLeer 30:38.1, 111.Cora Fritz 33:11.4.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 35, 2.Darlington 67, 3.Beaver Dam 131, 4.Mount Horeb 144, 5.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 151, 6.River Valley 183, 7.Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton 187, 8.Fennimore 231, 9.Lancaster 269, 10.Albany 288, 11.Belleville 293, 12.Pecatoinca/Argyle 301, 13.Cashton 313, 14.Holy Family 320, 15.North Crawford 397, 16.Riverdale 434, 17.Iowa–Grant inc., Tri-State Home School inc., River Ridge inc., Stockton/Warren inc., Prairie du Chien inc., Richland Center/Ithaca inc. Shullsburg inc..
Top finishers: 1.Cade Ferron (Beaver Dam) 17:03.8, 2.Henry Keith (Dodge/Point) 17:08.7, 3.Juan Navarro (Dodge/Point) 17:25.8, 4.Payton Heinberg (Darlington) 17:32.0, 5.Ian Barry (Fennimore) 17:33.4.
Iowa–Grant: 24.Nick Connolly 18:39.8, 47.Easton Dobson 19:43.0, 61.Jesse Buroker 20:20.4, 110.Sawyer Dobson 23:52.