Nelson and Pesch Pace Peshtigo at Oconto Invite

Peshtigo Runners
Dominate at
Oconto CC Invite

Peshtigo runners posted strong results at the Oconto Cross Country Invite on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with Bulldog individuals winning both races and the teams topping both the girls’ and boys’ standings.
Peshtigo’s Holly Pesch won the girls’ race with a time of 21 minutes, 7.54 seconds and Andrew Nelson took first in the boys’ race at 17 minutes, 45.32 seconds.
For the Bulldog girls, Rachel Nelson also took second place (21:14.33) of 52 total runners, Shayla Boettcher took sixth (22:05.37), Alaina Archambault came in seventh (22:07.27), and Addisen Olson took 13th (23:57.61),
Reese Yunke was third of 51 runners in the boys’ race (18:36.5), Cole Grabian took 17th (20:20.86), Eli Berndt took 18th (20:24.04), Liam Smith took 23rd (21:01), and Marshall Bennett came in 29th (21:25.7). Braeden Murphy took 47th (26:56.7).
“We had a really good day. Some huge PRs and a couple young freshmen, Eli Berndt and Liam Smith, stepping up for the boys,” Peshtigo coach Derek Smith said.
A couple of other factors also helped Peshtigo to a great race, including optimal weather conditions and strong fan support.
“The weather cooperated with us today too. It was cooler and definitely makes for better runners,” Smith said. “Being a local race, we had a lot of family and friends there to cheer everyone on. I think that was a huge morale boost for all the runners. Proud of our group.”
Marinette’s girls were second of five teams. Addison Lacy took fourth (21:55.16), Julia Cano Hidalgo placed 11th (22:29.65), Lauren Sadowski was 17th (24:26.51), Lacy Carviou took 31st (26:32.81), Karissa Valitchka was 33rd (26:39.9), and Ava Loomis came in 41st (29:01.02).
Suring was third among the girls’ teams. Olivia Noack took third (21:32.48), Georgia Gerndt took 12th (22:47.8), Ginger Gerndt came in 18th (24:26.9), Hailey Thomson took 21st (25:01.2), and Morgan Suring was 26th (26:01.93). Samantha Seibert was 30th (26:28.29).
Oconto took fourth. Of 14 Blue Devils in the race, the top five were Addisyn Viestenz in 14th (24:10.67), Madilyn Thomson in 20th (24:56.9), June Iza in 27th (26:04.57), Alexandra Hyland in 37th (27:54.61), and 38th-place Hayden Beekman in 38th (28:32.91).
Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas and Goodman-Pembine also had runners but did not qualify for team scores.
For Lena/STAA, Della Kostreva took 34th (26:53.79), Haley VanArk was 35th (26:54.15), Mirian Alberts was 42nd (29:05.19), and Chaela Rabas placed 46th (29:07.53).
G-P’s Joley Berger paced her team in eighth (22:18.95). Kenza Stahley took 28th (26:04.96) and Aubry Larson took 43rd (29:05.79).
Oconto’s boys took second. Leading the way, Kadin Baxter took eighth (19:11.36), Dominik Baxter was 15th (19:57.95), Jackson Martin was 20th (20:34.92), Bryton Fuller was 21st (20:47.41), Daniel Alwin took 27th (21:15.3), and Owen Brzozowski was 28th (21:20.65).
The Marinette boys came in third as a team. In Marinette’s top five, Jackson Draheim took ninth (19:21.26), David Jezowski was 10th (19:26.85), Dylan Demmith placed 26th (21:11.27), Aidan Anderson was 31st (22:07.3), and Aaron Peterson was 38th (23:58.19).
Goodman-Pembine was fourth of five, ahead of Oneida Nation. The Patriots had two top-five finishes in Kody Stahley and Caleb Meissner, who took fourth and fifth, respectively (18:36.82, 18:46.39).
Kyle Braaten took 37th (23:34.21), Tristan Owens took 40th (24:41.07), and Caleb Hesseling took 51st (32:29.2).
Crivitz and Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy each had runners in the boys’ race, as did Providence Academy, Laona/Wabeno, and Menominee Indian.
For Crivitz, James Caine took sixth (18:57.86), Ben Brown was seventh (18:46.39), Brock Banaszak took 45th (25:36.81), and Phillip Angel took 46th (25:38.16).
Lena/STAA had Mason Belongia in 16th (20:18.16), Erik Kosch in 19th (20:33.15), and Reed Hosking in 22nd (20:54.33).
Menominee Indian, Oneida Nation, Laona-Wabeno, and Providence Academy each had runners in at least one of the races as well.
Gillett Runners Post
Season’s Best Times
at Red Raider Invite

Ten of 14 Gillett cross country runners ran season-best times at the 42nd Annual Red Raider Invite in Pulaski on Thursday.
The Tiger boys were eighth of 15 teams, with Alex Peterson again the leader. He finished third of 113 runners with a time of 16 minutes, 0.7 seconds. West De Pere’s Noah Janke won the race in 15:54.1.
Evan Peterson took 12th (16:48), Bradyn Wendorff placed 20th (17:10.3), Scott Herroux was 87th (19:16.9), Chase Anderson came in 88th (19:20.9), Nash Stage was 103rd (20:34.3), Zander Davis placed 112th (21:57.6), and Virgil Herzog was 113th (22:14.1).
Coleman was also at the event but was one runner short of a qualifying team score. John Nowak took 50th (18:03.6), Conner Markiewicz took 74th (18:47.2), Chase Gruber was 98th (20:01.9), and Jake Cullinane-Maleport finished 109th (21:17.5).
Notre Dame Academy, West De Pere, and Kiel were the top three teams.
The Gillett girls were 12th. All of the girls ran at least season-best, if not career-best, times.
Carleigh Kaczmarek took 11th of 98 (19:52.9), Sophia Limberg was 67th (22:18.9), Cheyenne Krueger took 76th (22:50.4), Lily Hansen was 81st (23:05.1), Laney DeBauch took 88th (23:26.7), and Kasey Hnsen took 94th (24:20).
“It was nice to see 10 of our 14 runners have season best or even career best times, including all the girls,” Tigers coach Bill DeJung said. “With championship weeks approaching there is a lot of work to be done yet. There will be great competition at the Wisconsin Rapids Invite this coming Saturday.”
For Coleman’s girls, Kiersten Jensen took 68th (22:24.7), Clare Gappa was 93rd (24:12.5), and Aliza Jensen was 98th (26:22.4).
Oconto’s Ben Adams
Takes Second at
Reedsville Invite

Oconto Falls’ Ben Adams finished second of 77 runners and the Falls girls were first of 11 teams at the Reedsville Panther Invite on Thursday.
The Oconto Falls girls bested 10 other teams, including second-place Reedsville and third-place Valders. Three runners finished in the top six, with Hannah Ludemann third with a time of 20 minutes, 14.84 seconds, Brooke Hodkiewicz fifth (20:21.82), and Hailey Delzer sixth (20:24.61).
Maddy Przybylski took 14th (21:21.43) of 81 runners in the race. Mackenzie Lotto took 17th (21:29.36), Sydney Bell was 20th (21:56.83), and Ava Hodkiewicz came in 24th (22:20.23). Helen Marquardt finished 48th (24:45.44).
Adams raced to a 17-minute, 0.28-second time to lead the Panther boys, second only to Roncalli’s Brayden Yanda.
The Oconto Falls boys were fourth, with Brillion, Valders, and Chilton occupying the top three spots
Griffin Kopke took 12th (17:54.11), Evan Yuma was 16th (18:09.58), Emerson Rice took 27th (18:54.85), Brant Laluzerne came in 38th (19:22.86), Garrett Ganter took 56th (20:50.68), and Layton Rickert was 67th (21:52.53).
Bulldogs Place two
Runners in 10 Ten
at Waupaca Invite

Peshtigo got two top-10 individual finishes from the Waupaca Invitational on Thursday.
Andrew Nelson took eighth of 48 runners in the boys’ race with a time of 18 minutes, 23.6 seconds and Rachel Nelson placed fifth of 45 in the girls’ race at 21 minutes, 11.4 seconds.
Peshtigo’s girls were third of five teams, behind Fox Valley Lutheran and Winneconne but ahead of St. Mary Catholic and Wrightstown.
After Nelson, Shayla Boettcher was 14th (22:22.9), Holly Pesch took 15th (22:29.8), Alaina Archambault placed 17th (22:44.5), and Addisen Olson was 23rd (23:45.3).
The boys were fourth, behind Winneconne, Seymour, and St. Mary Catholic.
Reese Yunke took 10th (18:35.6), Cole Grabian took 22nd (19:54.5), Eli Berndt took 29th (20:24.1), Liam Smith placed 32nd (20:44.8), Marshall Bennett took 44th (22:43.7), and Braeden Murphy was 47th (25:50).
Suring Girls/Oconto Boys
Pace Lena C.C. Meet

Lena hosted local teams for a cross country meet on Tuesday, including Suring, Oconto, Goodman-Pembine, Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, Crivitz, and Coleman.
Suring’s girls took first of three teams, with two of the top three individual runners. Olivia Noack won the race with a time of 22 minutes, 10 seconds, a full minute faster than the next highest runner, NEW Lutheran/Providence Academy’s Addy Klubertanz (23:10). There were 37 runners in the race.
The Eagles’ Georgia Gerndt took third (23:40), Hailey Thomson took eighth (25:13), Ginger Gerndt was 10th (25:30), Morgan Suring placed 13th (26:58), and Allyson Siebert came in 18th (27:50).
Oconto was second of three teams, with most attending schools not qualifying for team scores. Oconto’s top five were sixth-place Addisyn Viestenz (24:36), seventh-place Betsy Finger (25:07), Madi Thomson in ninth (25:25), Hannah Thomson in 15th (27:13), and Alex Hyland in 21st (29:56). June Iza was 22nd (29:57).
For Goodman-Pembine, Joley Berger placed fourth (23:54), Krystal Moddie was 11th (25:35), Kenza Stahley took 17th (27:44), and Aubry Larson was 23rd (30:37).
Lena/STAA’s Miriam Alberts took 26th (31:28), Chaela Rabas was 27th (31:30), and Kali Fischer placed 36th (33:34).
Coleman got a fifth-place finish from Kiersten Jensen (24:20). Clare Gappa took 14th (27:02).
Oconto was top of the two teams to qualify for boys’ team scores. Dominik Baxter took third (19:32), Kadin Baxter took fourth (19:40), Jackson Martin was 12th (21:32), Daniel Alwin placed 15th (21:57), and Bryton Fuller took 16th (21:59).
Coleman took second of the two, led by Conner Markiewicz in second place with a time of 19:27. John Nowak was fifth (19:46), Chase Gruber took 14th (21:48), Jake Cullinane-Maleport took 22nd (23:37), and Isiah Nowak placed 23rd (23:57).
Goodman-Pembine had the fastest individual runner, Kody Stahley, who raced to a win by over half a minute. He finished in 18:51.
Tristan Owens took 24th (23:58) for the Patriots and Caleb Hesseling was 36th (33:11).
Lena/STAA had four runners all finish in the top 13. Dylan Comins was seventh (20:02), Mason Belongia took 10th (20:50), Erik Kosch took 11th (21:11), and Reed Hosking took 13th (21:43).
For Crivitz, James Caine took sixth (19:56), Ben Brown was ninth (20:24), and Brock Banaszak took 30th (26:45).



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