Preble girls, boys sweep own invite
Press Times Sports
BELLEVUE – In their first home invitational of the season, the Green Bay Preble girls’ and boys’ cross country teams protected their home turf and each took home first place.
“I was super pleased with how our teams did,” Preble girls’ coach Dave Haller said.
The Preble girls have eight of their runners finish in the top 13 places — the top seven earning team points.
Hailey Novitski (20:55.10) came in first with teammate Elise Smith (21:08.60) finishing runner-up.
“They are our returning senior captains and both have been individual qualifiers at the state meet in the past,” Haller said.
Gabrielle Haller (21:54.20) came in fourth overall for the Hornets and Hannah Smith (22:20.30) was seventh.
Emma Dornbush (22:33.90) finished ninth, followed by teammates Allison Buraczewski (22:53.30) and Melana Webber (23:10.60) in 11th and 12th place, respectively.
“I am very proud of all the girls,” coach Haller said. “I think the times were a little slower in part due to the heat.”
Green Bay East didn’t have enough runners to field a team, but Adriana Garcia placed fifth overall (21:55.10).
Green Bay Southwest’s top finisher was Desiree Veeser in 22nd place (24:58.20).
Eva Passel paced Notre Dame with a 41st-place finish (26:40.30) as the Tritons placed seventh as a team.
A group effort got it done for the Preble boys’ squad.
The Hornets place six runners in the top 12 spots to bring home the team title with 42 points. Manitowoc Lincoln was second (51).
“I was super excited and impressed by the boys performance as well winning the meet against a strong Manitowoc team led by one of the state’s best runners, Mason Gates,” Haller said.
Ethan Raye led Preble with a fourth-place finish (17:30.70).
The Hornets then nabbed places eighth through 12 as a pack of runners finished within 14.4 seconds of one another. Ian Hoppe (18:21.70), Killian Arlt (18:25), Peyton Kuehn (18:27.50), Benjamin Piontek (18:33) and Louis Jean Baptiste (18:36.10) filled out the five slots for Preble.
“I think it is great how the boys have really stepped up this season,” Haller said. “They had lost quite a few seniors from a team that qualified for the state meet and for this young team to run like they did, sets the stage for a very competitive sectional come the end of October.”
Dylan Deppe was Green Bay Southwest’s top finisher in 21st place (19:00.20).
Green Bay East’s best finish came from Noah Carlson in 35th (20:50.90).
As a team, Notre Dame came in 10th with Sam Gard leading the way in 54th place (22:34.30).
“I was super pleased with how our teams did.” – Preble girls’ cross country coach Dave Haller