Boys Cross Country Heading to State, Girls Sending Two
BY RICH PALZEWIC
GREEN BAY – For the first time since the 2011 season, the Bay Port boys cross country team is heading to state as a team!
Spurred on by a top-10 performance from sophomore Drew Dahlin, the boys narrowly nipped Green Bay Preble to finish second at the Ashwaubenon Sectional on Oct. 20 at Colburn Park. Kimberly won the meet with their overall low total of 52 points. The Pirates’ 63 points were seven better than Preble’s.
Just the top two teams from each sectional advanced, while the top-five fastest times from individuals not on a winning team, also advanced. The combined score of the first five finishers from each team to cross the finish line counted in the team standings.
The state meet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Wisconsin Rapids at the Ridges Golf Course.
Despite not making it to Rapids as a team, Savannah Huben and Rachel Hoffman will be representing the girls individually by virtue of their high finishes. The Lady Pirates finished fifth as a team.
Dahlin placed eighth with a time of 16:45, which was well behind the winning time of 15:39 by Kimberly’s Rowen Ellenberg.
“It’s awesome and a great group of guys,” said Bay Port head coach Mike Jameson. “We were kind of off the radar a little bit as we were trying to stay healthy and get our best races at the right time. I’m not sure that four weeks ago people really thought that we’d contend for a sectional championship or advance to state, but you just keep believing and trying to run your best races near the end of the season.
“The boys got out smart and ran really tough together as a pack and pushed each other. If you were looking early on, we were back quite a bit, but we just kept moving up as a team.”
Besides Dahlin, Nick Key (17:01, 12th), Ryan Thieme (17:02, 13th), Kyle Thieme (17:02, 14th), Andrew Aderhold (17:08, 16th), Drew Abfall (17:34, 23rd) and Peter Martin (18:38, 48th) will all be heading to Rapids. As the results show, Key, the Thieme brothers and Aderhold all finished within seven seconds of each other.
Ryan Thieme is the only Pirates’ runner who has qualified for state, as he did so a season ago individually.
Huben, who blazed to a runner-up finish in a time of 18:55, will be joined by Hoffman, who got the last individual spot for Rapids with her ninth-place finish (19:58). Huben will become a four-time state qualifier, while Hoffman will be making her first trip.
The Pulaski girls easily won the sectional and will be going to Rapids as a team.
Other Bay Port runners who finished were Madeline Peck (21:49, 39th), Celeste North (21:50, 40th), Cora Klemme (22:02, 47th), Natalie Shulstad (22:10, 49th) and Eden Witt (23:03, 66th).
“We knew the girls would have to do something incredibly special to make it as a team and the girls knew that as well,” added Jameson. “I was really proud of them to finish fifth, because they were beating teams that finished ahead of them all year.
“Savannah has won the last two sectionals and she’s having a great year. She’s coming on at the right time. Rachel has been coming on and we are exciting for next weekend.”
Freshman Anna Fauske from Kaukauna won the meet overall for the girls with an 18:47 time, just nine seconds ahead of Huben.
Note: to see full results of the meet, log on to Prime Time Timing.