PLATTEVILLE — Platteville’s front runners keep raising the bar. Saturday was no exception for seniors Dan Iselin and Brelynn Updike, who both turned in record-breaking performances at the 49th annual Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational.
Iselin blazed to a third-place finish in a Platteville Invite team record time of 16:08.06. It was also the fastest time ever clocked by a Hillmen runner on Platteville soil. Sophomore Jace Serres also medaled for the Platteville boys, finishing sixth out of 156 participants with a time of 16:36 as the Hillmen finished fourth with 111 points in the large schools division, behind Monroe (46), Dodgeville/Mineral Point (62) and McFarland (86).
Updike broke her own school record, set just a week earlier at Janesville, with a new record time of 20:03.1 to place sixth out of 151 runners in the girls’ varsity race to lead the Platteville girls (115) to a third-place team finish behind Wisconsin Dells (43) and Dodge–Point (81).
Junior Morgan Wehnke and senior Sami Brookens both ribboned with top-35 finishes. Wehnke placed 21st at 20:38, while Brookens finished 34th at 21:04.
"I saw courage, I saw grit, I saw a team with a mission,” said Hillmen head coach Rob Serres. “We have more ahead of us, and we will continue to focus in on what we need to do.”
Platteville will compete in the Albany Invitational Saturday in one final tune up before the SWC championship meet on Oct. 13 at River Valley.
Panthers compete at Platteville Invitational
The Iowa–Grant/Highland boys placed ninth in the boys’ small school division. Senior Will McLeer returned from an Achilles injury to lead the Panthers with a 95th place finish at 19:16.0.
Sophomore Liz Biddick finished 134th (25:21.6) to pace the I–G girls, who had an incomplete team.
Last Thursday Paul Connolly (6th, 19:26.7) and Easton Dobson (8th, 19:27.52) each medaled with top-10 performances at the Kickapoo/La Farge Invitational.
49th annual Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational
(from Saturday, Oct. 1 @ UW–Platteville)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Large school team scores: 1.Wisconsin Dells 53, 2.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 81, 3.Platteville 115, 4.McFarland 117, 5.Sauk Prairie 164, 6.Mount Horeb 168, 7.Monroe 172, 8.Evansville 184, 9.Madison Edgewood 192, 10.Brodhead/Juda 192, 1.Lodi 210, 12.River Valley 294.
Small school team scores: 1.Darlington 48, 2.Albany 63, 3.Lancaster 74, 4.Prairie du Chien 109, 5.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 145, 6.Fennimore 155, 7.New Glarus/Monticello 162, 8.Belleville 168, 9.Madison Country Day 191, Iowa–Grant/Highland inc.
Top finishers: 1.Laura Beghin (Wisconsin Dells) 18:26.6, 2.Noelle Marie (Belleville) 18:52.8, 3.Lydia Murphy (Lancaster) 18:55.8, 4.Ciara Kaderly (Albany) 19:49.6, 5.Brooke Lonigro (McFarland) 19:59.7.
Platteville: 6.Brelynn Updike 20:03.1, 21.Morgan Wehnke 20:38.7, 34.Sami Brookens 21:04.9, 55.Brittani Meis 21:35.5, 56.Grace Hammermeister 21:38.3, 109.Courtney Jentz 23:38.1, 113.Cori Kettler 24:07.4.
Iowa–Grant/Highland: 134.Liz Biddick 25:21.6, 145.Sam McLeer 27:38.2, 149.Jamie Dilley 28:54.9, 151.Julia Cockroft 29:50.5,
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Large school team scores: 1.Monroe 46, 2.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 62, 3.McFarland 86, 4.Platteville 111, 5.Sauk Prairie 118, 6.River Valley 173, 7.Mount Horeb 193, 8.Lodi 196, 9.Brodhead/Juda 196, 10.Southwestern/Benton/Cuba City 287, 11.Evansville 299, 12.Wisconsin Dells 366.
Small school team scores: 1.Darlington 20, 2.Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 75, 3.Albany 76, 4.Lancaster 98, 5.New Glarus/Monticello 145, 6.Wauzeka/Steuben 189, 7.Fennimore 199, 8.Belleville 204, 9.Iowa–Grant/Highland 252, 10.Madison Country Day 264, 11.Pecatonica/Argyle 298.
Top finishers: 1.Dustin Hatfield 15:30.5, 2.Christopher Pahnke (McFarland) 15:59.4, 3.Dan Iselin (Platteville) 16:08.6, 4.Dylan Scace (Monroe) 16:17.4, 5.Nick Baumann (Monroe) 16:24.4.
Platteville: 3.Dan Iselin 16:08.6, 7.Jace Serres 16:36.7, 43.Calvin Wernimont 18:02.0, 52.Logan Henry 18:14.2, 60.Tyler Moss 18:25.8, 64.Alex Sonsalla 18:32.8, 72.Tikiri Bandara 18:40.7.
Iowa–Grant: 95.William McLeer 19:16.0, 113.Easton Dobson 19:50.2, 123.Paul Connolly 20:27.5, 140.Jesse Buroker 21:28.1, 1559.Sawyer Dobson 25:17.7.
Kickapoo/La Farge Invitational
(from Thursday, Sept. 29 @ Kickapoo)
(Girls, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Prairie du Chien 20, 2.Richland Center/Ithaca 35, 3.Kickapoo/La Farge 101, 4.North Crawford 101, 5.Iowa–Grant/Highland 115, Wauzeka/Steuben inc., New Lisbon inc.
Top finishers: 1.Ella Hein (PdC) 21:49.72, 2.Amber Huser (PdC) 21:58.46, 3.Catrina Johnson (NL) 22:33.55.
Iowa–Grant: 20.Sam McLeer 27:09.31, 23.Liz Biddick 27:38.06, 30.Jamie Dilley 29:36.79, 34.Julia Cockroft 30:38.02, 42.Hannah McCracken 33:53.10.
(Boys, 5,000 meters)
Team scores: 1.Wauzeka–Steuben 33, 2.Richland Center/Ithaca 44, 3.Kickapoo/La Farge 50, Prairie du Chien inc., Iowa–Grant/Highland inc., North Crawford inc., New Lisbon inc.
Top finishers: 1.Cole Leatherberry (K/L) 18:10.65, 2.Drew Zimmerman (W/S) 18:22,33, 3.Tyler Walters (W/S) 18:41.49.
Iowa–Grant: 6.Paul Connolly 19:26.7, 8.Easton Dobson 19:27.52, 24.Jesse Buroker 21:34.53, 32.Wyatt Reeves 22:31.34.