Bay Port hosts cross country invite at Meadowbrook
By Rich Palzewic
HOWARD – The Bay Port Pirates hosted its annual cross country invite Sept. 16 at Meadowbrook Park in Howard.
Locally, Bay Port and West De Pere competed.
Sixty boys completed the race, while 51 girls did the same.
“The season has been great so far,” Bay Port Head Coach Mike Jameson said. “The kids are a pleasure to work with. They’ve been working hard and have to stay healthy. Like other teams, we’re battling illness right now – it’s one day at a time.”
Despite the excessive rain this year, Jameson said the course was in good shape.
“It was a beautiful night for a meet,” he said. “The course ran dry.”
Athletes had to traverse the sledding hill, affectionately called “Big Bertha,” at Meadowbrook twice.
“It’s tough,” Jameson said. “We like to work the hill in twice. That takes it out of the kids – I get tired walking up it. Going up hills, you want to lean into them and pump your arms. It takes mental toughness, but it’s nice knowing there’s level ground at the top. You practice so you know what Bertha feels like. Last week, we were out here and the kids did five or 10 repeats in a row.”
The Pirates easily won among eight teams with their low score of 43.
The Phantoms finished fourth with 100 points.
West De Pere’s Noah Jahnke (16:30) and Bay Port’s Tony Adriansen (16:47) finished second and third overall, respectively.
Kimberly’s Logan Salzmann blazed to a time of 16:26 to win the event.
Other top-20 results included: Jacob Schertz (Bay Port, fourth – 17:46), Connor Behrend (Bay Port, fifth – 17:46), Matthew Schmoll (West De Pere, 11th – 18:09), Landen Heim (Bay Port, 12th – 18:12) and Dylan Shulstad (Bay Port, 19th – 18:30).
“The boys ran great today,” Jameson said.
Bay Port finished fourth with 103 points, while West De Pere finished sixth with 121 points among seven teams.
Phantoms freshman Kate Schmoll finished second with a time of 19:10, 21 seconds behind Mikaela Helling from Two Rivers.
Other top-20 finishes included: Reese Gustafson (Bay Port, eighth – 21:08) and Alaina Sheedy (Bay Port, 11th – 21:39).
“We had some PRs (personal records) with the girls,” Jameson said.
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Sports Editor’s note: Correspondent Josh Staloch contributed to this story.