The Platteville Hillmen cross country harriers placed 3rd in both the girls’ and the boys’ large school division competitions at the Saturday’s 44th Annual Dick McKichan Platteville Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday.
Twenty-five teams participated in the event and ran in one large field race of 175 runners for both the boys and girls.
After each race, the teams were divided into large and small divisions according to school enrollments for separate team scoring.
Led by another record-setting performance from senior standout Tricia Serres, the Lady Hillmen scored 80 points finishing behind only Dodgeville/Mineral Point (29) and Madison Edgewood (51). Serres bested her old course record of 14:22, set last year, with a new record time of 14:15 to win third consecutive Platteville Invitational individual title.
“Tricia ran a great race. Very composed, and strong,” said Platteville head coach and father Rob Serres. “She ran a great time to win her third victory in as many years.”
Rounding out the Platteville varsity girls’ squad were; Laura Donovan (16th), Emma Wilson (19th), Holly Kasper (20th), Cassandra Hirsch (24th), Katie Melssen (28th) and Allie Serres (34th).
The girls’ JV team placed fifth in the field of 25 Teams.
Platteville’s boys’ team was led by John Donovan who medaled by finishing 10th in a time of 17:04. He was followed closely by Tyler Schaefer (17:06, 11th), Adam Niehaus (17:19, 13th), Ben Bahr (17:50, 18h), Coda Phillips (18:19, 28th), David Hahn (30th), and Quincy Pick (31st).
The Hillmen boys’ JV, who placed 4th overall, were led by medalist Wade Roberts in 8th place.
The Dodge/Point boys’ made it a clean sweep of the large school team titles edging out Monroe 40-46.
In the small schools division, Darlington swept the team titles with Boscobel finishing second in the girls’ varsity race, and Albany second in the boys’.
Iowa-Grant/Highland’s boys finished eight in the small schools division with 209 points. I-G freshman Jordan Jenks finished 12th in the small schools boys’ race with a time of 17:39.
The Iowa-Grant girls finished ninth. Grace Enloe turned in I-G’s top female finish, a 31st place finish.
The boys’ individual competition was fierce as three runners broke the old course record of 16:02 set in 2008 by Sauk Prairie’s Jerry Kerska. Darlington’s Tyson Miehe, the overall boys’ winner, now holds the new course record of 15:39. He was followed closely by Ryan McCoy of New Glarus/Moticello in 15:45 and Joe McKenna - the large schools individual champion - of Madison Edgewood in 15:54.
“The races were very intense this year, with some incredible team and individual races,” added Serres. “I was very pleased with our kids. We ran hard, and were competitive right to the finish. To place third in this field was a nice finish for both of our teams.”
44th Annual Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational
(from Saturday, Oct. 1 @ Platteville)
Large School Team Scores - 1.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 29, 2.Madison Edgewood 51, 3.Platteville 80, 4.Monroe 144, 5.Evansville 151, 6.Sauk Prairie 159, 7.Lodi 180, 8.Southwestern/Cuba City 241, 9.Wisconsin Dells 242, 10.Prairie du Chien 244, 11.Brodhead-Juda 250.
Top Individuals - 1.Tricia Serres (Pla) 14:14 - new course record, 2.Hanson (Dodge-Point) 14:44, 3.Davis (Mad. Edge.) 14:46, 4.Owens (Dodge-Point) 14:48, 5.Eisenzimmer (Dodge-Point) 14:57.
Platteville (80) - 1.Tricia Serres 14:14, 16.Laura Donovan 16:14, 19.Emma Wilson 16:30, 20.Holly Kasper 16:31, 24.Cassandra Hirsch 16:44, 28.Katie Melssen, 34.Allie Serres.
Small School Team Scores - 1.Darlington 44, 2.Boscobel 61, 3.New Glarus-Monticello 102, 4.Hillsboro 115, 5.Belleville 173, 6.Fennimore 175, 7.Brookwood 179, 8.Lancaster 182, 9.Iowa-Grant 212, 10.Pecatonica/Argyle 214
Top Individuals - 1.Foley (Bosc) 15:25, 2.Brunner (NG-Mont.) 15:43, 3.Sigg (Pec/Argyle) 15:55, 4.Robilolio (Dar) 15:57, 5.Wamsley (Dar) 15:57.
Iowa-Grant (212) - 31.Grace Enloe 18:04, 37.Veronica Schaefer 18:28, 47.Sahina Sarbacker 19:02, 48.Chakayla Stanek 19:02, 49.Christine Melby 19:04.
Large School Team Scores - 1.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 40, 2.Monroe 46, 3.Platteville 80, 4.Madison Edgewood 92, 5.Lodi 182, 6.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 185, 7.Sauk Prairie 197, 8.Southwestern/Cuba City 211, 9.Brodhead/Juda 239, 10.Evansville 240, 11.Wisconsin Dells 291, 12.Prairie du Chien 308.
Top Individuals - 1.McKenna (Mad. Edge) 15:54, 2.Wunnicke (Dodge-Point) 16:09, 3.Hottman (Dodge-Point) 16:30, 4.Moehn (Monroe) 16:45, 5.Mott (Mad. Edge.) 16:47
Platteville (80) - 10.John Donovan 17:04, 11.Tyler Schaefer 17:06, 16.Adam Niehaus 17:19, 18.Ben Bahr 17:50, 28.Coda Phillips 18:19, 30.David Hahn, 31.Quincy Pick.
Small School Team Scores - 1.Darlington 30, 2.Albany 82, 3.Boscobel 94, 4.New Glarus/Monticello 96, 5.Lancaster 163, 6.Hillsboro 188, 7.Belleville 206, 8.Iowa-Grant 209, 9.Brookwood 215, 10.Pecatonica/Argyle 223, 11.Fennimore 240.
Top Individuals - 1.T. Miehe (Dar) 15:39, 2.McCoy (NG/Mont.) 15:45, 3.K. Miehe (Dar) 16:42, 4.Whitehead (Albany) 16:53, 5.Sinclair (Dar) 17:03
Iowa-Grant (209) - 12.Jordan Jenks 17:39, 39.Kyle Bomkamp 19:06, 51.Shaun Soman 19:44, 53.Cody Wall 19:53, 54.Micah Bomkamp 19:54.
(from Tuesday, Sept. 27 @ Richland Center)
Team Scores - Platteville 19, Richland Center/Ithaca 59.
Platteville - 1.Tricia Serres 15:41, 3.Laura Donovan 15:41, 4.Cassandra Hirsch 17:30, 5.Holly Kasper 17:33, 6.Katie Melssen 17:38, 7.Emma Wilson 17:49, 8.Allie Serres 19:20.
Team Scores - Platteville 15, Richland Center/Ithaca inc.
Platteville - 1.Tyler Schaefer 18:36, 2.John Donovan 18:37, 3.Ben Bahr 18:38, 5.Quincy Pick 18:56, 6.David Hahn 19:10, 8.Coda Philips 19:14, 9.Tanner Ames 20:00.