SPASH boys cross country captures state title
November 5, 2013Stevens Point Area Senior High
SPASH boys cross country captures state title
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By Kylie Bridenhagen
November 2, 2013
Wisconsin Rapids–The SPASH boys cross country team won the WIAA Division 1 state title on Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. This was their 10th championship in school history, with their last title meet in 2008.
Senior Sam Sheibley said the team had confidence in the team since their first practice earlier this summer.
“The whole team knew that first day we walked onto Donn’s (Behnke) lawn, “ he said. “It was an entirely different season.”
The Panthers finished with 83 points to defeat the defending state champion, Madison West, who was runner-up with 124 points. Eau Claire Memorial was two points back and placed third with 126 points.
La Crosse Logan finished fourth with 156 points and Madison La Follette was three points back to place fifth. D.C. Everest rounded out the top 20 with 490 points.
The top three runners for the Panthers finished in the top 25.
SPASH’s first runner was junior Evan Hatton, who finished 12th overall in 16:16.9 in the 5,000-meter race. Three spots behind Hatton was their second runner, junior Derek Cruz. He finished with a time of 16:21.0 and Sheibley placed 24th overall with a time of 16:26.9.
Prior to this meet, Sheibley said he felt different than he had the past two years.
“There was a different energy that I had never felt before with this team, “ Sheibley said.
Isaiah George, a senior, finished in a time of 16:39.5 and 37th overall.George gave a speech during the team huddle prior to the race. He said how important this team was to him and how much his teammates and this experience “changed his life.” The speech gave in the huddle is one Sheibley said he would never forget.
“(George) talked about how important this team has been to him,” he said. “He added a few jokes to lighten the mood, but I can’t say there was a dry eye of the seven guys running after that speech.”
Junior Tyler Tanko was the team’s fifth runner. He placed 56th overall in 16:52.1.
Madison West runner Olin Hacker, only a junior, took home the individual state title with a time of 15:46.2. Junior Ryan Nameth from Verona Area High School earned the silver in 15:51.9.Taylor Floydmews finished his high school cross country career third overall in the Division 1 state meet in 15:55.9. Wausau East senior Emmett Stifler finished in 31st place with a time of 16:34.2. Devin Greiner, a senior from Wisconsin Rapids, finished in 16:51.9 in 55th place.
On the Division 1 girls’ side, Arrowhead took home the team title for the second year in a row with 84 points. Whitefish Bay was second with 122 points, while Neenah took home the bronze also with 122 points. SPASH took eighth overall with 229 points.
Individually, SPASH’s top runner was freshman Mya Zajakowski who finished the 4,000-meter race in 15:07.0, which was good for 23rd place. Autum Shurbert-Hetzel, a sophomore, was their second runner who finished with a time of 15:22.1, in 40th place. Abbey Hyland, also a sophomore, crossed the line at 15:35.6 in 60th place. Sophomore Kimby Klein completed her race with a time of 16:02.4, in 106th place. SPASH’s fifth runner was junior Hannah Beilke. She finished her meet in 125th place, in 16:12.4.
Senior Elizabeth Flatley claimed the state title with a time of 14:11.2, nearly ten seconds before the second place runner. Jessica Parker, a senior from Neenah was second in 14:20.9. The third place runner, freshman Camille Davre from Whitefish Bay, crossed the line in 14:22.4. Kennidi Knoblock, a junior from Wausau East, was 11th with a time of 14:49.9. Marshfield’s Rebecca Voss, a senior, completed her meet in 15:14.5, which put her in 31st place. Senior Marissa Matushak from Wausau West finished in 52nd place in 15:31.4.
In Division 2 boys’ action, Wisconsin Lutheran won the meet with 63 points. Monroe was second with 95 points and Shorewood was third with 103 points.
The Girl’s Division 2 team title was won by Edgewood with 84 points. Notre Dame was second with 96 points and Two Rivers claimed the third place title with 100 points.
Darlington took home the boys Division 3 title and defended their title with 87 points. Chequamegon was two points behind to finish in second. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran was third with 160 points.
Finally, the Division 3 girls’ race was won by Lourdes Academy. They won with 45 points. Cedar Grove-Belgium finished in second place with 83 points and Lake Country Lutheran was third with 132 points. Senior Delaney Sinnen of Random Lake won the individual title in 14:22.6, 56 seconds ahead of Nora Keller. Keller, a junior from Lourdes Academy finished with a time of 15:08.4. Leah Johnson, a senior from Pardeeville was third in 15:12.6. Alissa Nieggemann, a sophomore of Amherst, finished sixth overall in 15:26.9. Rosholt’s Brittany Gagas, a freshman, was 36th with a time of 16:21.8. Emily Sether a senior from Iola-Scandinavia finished her race in 16:24.6, which put her in 41st overall. Auburndale’s junior Abby Bauer was 47th and finished in 16:32.5.
Sydney Alery, a sophomore from Pacelli finished in a time of 16:37.4 for 54th place.
SPASH later went on to accept their team trophy and met at SPASH for a congratulatory celebration.
Sheibley said, “Winning the state title is just a tribute to all the hard work the coaches and runners have put into achieving this result.”