RHINELANDER BOYS, MOSINEE GIRLS WIN TEAM TITLES AT STRATFORD CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL



Stratford's Kayla Casperson finished fourth to lead the Tigers' girls to a second-place finish at its home Stratford Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday at Tiger Stadium. (Zaleski Sports photo)


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STRATFORD – Both Stratford teams finished second at its home Stratford Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.


Rhinelander won the boys team title with 53 points. Stratford was second with 70 and Athens third with 73.


Mosinee took the girls team title with 33 points, just four ahead of Stratford. Rhinelander was third with 51.


Callahan Laggis of Rhinelander won the boys race in 17:53.46, 39 seconds ahead of Mosinee’s Cooper Szekeress (18:32.48). Nathan Wolf (18:44.70) and Andrew Schaer (18:50.00) of Athens finished fourth and fifth.


Stratford’s top runner was Cree Defoe, who took sixth in 18:58.78. teammates Ethan Heeg (ninth, 19:15.41), Lance Krieg (11th, 19:22.89) and Brett Bangart (13th, 19:39.41) added top-15 finishes for the Tigers.


Derek Grossman had a 10th-place finish for Pittsville (19:20.67).


Sophia Miljevich of Rhinelander won the girls race by 14 seconds over Mosinee’s Kate Fitzgerald. Britt Fitzgerald was a close third for Mosinee, finishing 1.01 seconds behind.


Stratford’s Kayla Casperson took fourth (22:07.42), Breleigh Skaya was sixth (22:16.83), Ella Heidmann seventh (22:23.51) and Sarah Zuelke ninth (22:44.43) as the Tigers nearly pulled off the win.


Mosinee had two other top-10 finishes with Sydney Leszczynski finishing fifth in 22:13.64 and Jena Bartnik 10th in 22:47.06.


Brianna Sheahan led Athens, taking 13th in 23:25.35.


Stratford Cross Country Invitational

Sept. 14, at Tiger Stadium

Boys

Team scores: 1. Rhinelander 53; 2. Stratford 70; 3. Athens 73; 4. Pittsville 91; 5. Rib Lake 95; 6. Mosinee 106; Port Edwards, Spencer incomplete.

Top 10: 1. Callahan Laggis (RH) 17:53.46; 2. Cooper Szekeress (MOS) 18:32.48; 3. Nathan Wolf (ATH) 18:44.70; 4. Andrew Schaer (ATH) 18:50.00; 5. Sam Bowden (PIT) 18:55.32; 6. Cree Defoe (ST) 18:58.78; 7. Jack DeNamur (RH) 19:11.95; 8. Ty Welk (RH) 19:15.16; 9. Ethan Heeg (ST) 19:15.41; 10. Derek Grossman (PIT) 19:20.67.

Girls

Team scores: 1. Mosinee 33; 2. Stratford 37; 3. Rhinelander 51; 4. Rib Lake 124; 5. Pittsville 139; Athens and Spencer incomplete.

Top 10: 1. Sophia Miljevich (RH) 21:32.20; 2. Kate Fitzgerald (MOS) 21:46.23; 3. Britt Fitzgerald (MOS) 21:47.24; 4. Kayla Casperson (ST) 22:07.42; 5. Sydney Leszczynski (MOS) 22:13.64; 6. Breleigh Skaya (ST) 22:16.83; 7. Ella Heidmann (ST) 22:23.51; 8. Emma Germain (RH) 22:30.28; 9. Sarah Zuelke (ST) 22:44.43; 10. Jena Bartnik (MOS) 22:47.06.

Click here to view all of the results, courtesy of athletic.net.

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