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Boys Cross Country Team Conquers Meadowbrook

BY RICH PALZEWIC
CORRESPONDENT


HOWARD – For the first time since 2010, the Bay Port boys cross country has won the Fox River Classic Conference title.
And they did it in dramatic fashion.
Backed by a strong fourth-place showing from sophomore Drew Dahlin, the boys’ squad dethroned Green Bay Preble as conference champs at Meadowbrook Park on Oct. 12.
The Pirates and Hornets each ended up with 64 team points, but by virtue of Bay Port’s sixth runner (Ryan Thieme) finishing ahead of Preble’s, the Pirates won the championship. The winning margin boiled down to less than two seconds.
“An interesting fact is that back in 2012 at the conference meet in Manitowoc, we also tied with Preble,” said Bay Port head coach Mike Jameson. “That year Preble won because their sixth runner was one second ahead of ours. Today was a crazy day.”
Dahlin’s time of 16:43 was 33 seconds behind Preble’s Dawson Borley, who took the overall title. A total of 76 boys ran.
“I went into the race hoping for first-team all-conference,” said Dahlin. “I felt good throughout and I just kept moving up places, just hoping to get one more guy. I’m glad I was able to finish how I did, but I’m even happier for my team, as we were able to win a conference title.
“I feel good going into the sectional meet and I hope I can qualify for state, but it would be even better to go (to state) with the whole team.”
Kyle Thieme (11th, 17:00), Nick Key (14th, 17:06), Andrew Aderhold (15th, 17:12), Drew Abfall (20th, 17:24), Ryan Thieme (25th, 17:28), Peter Martin (32nd, 17:55) and Ben Hoskyn (34th, 17:56) all finished strong.
On the girls side of things, Savannah Huben impressed with a second-place time of 18:58, just eight seconds behind the winning time from Notre Dame’s Jenna Cuene.
The Lady Pirates finished fifth as a team, with 78 girls completing the course.
“My goal was just to get out and run my race,” said Huben, who seems to be fully recovered from a mid-season illness. “I knew there was going to be some tough competition throughout the race. The top runners are always pushing me to be the best I can be.
“After the race, it started to hit me that my high school cross country career is coming to a close. I’m going to miss my teammates and amazing coaches so much. I’m going to miss running at Meadowbrook, so I’m glad today’s race ended the way it did. I’m hoping to finish strong at sectionals.”
Other finishers for Bay Port were  Rachel Hoffman (6th, 19:38), Eden Witt (42nd, 21:34), Madeline Peck (43rd, 21:34), Celeste North (44th, 21:37), Natalie Shulstad (49th, 21:48) and Cora Klemme 50th, 21:49).
The WIAA D1 Ashwaubenon Sectional will take place on Friday, Oct. 20, at Colburn Park in Green Bay. The girls’ race will begin at 4:00, while the boys will go off at 5:05.

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