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The Stevens Point boys cross country team won its 43rd title in 45 years at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Rib Mountain. (Submitted photo)

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RIB MOUNTAIN – Another Wisconsin Valley Conference Cross Country Meet, another title for the Stevens Point Area Senior High boys.

SPASH had six runners finish in the top seven to take the team title at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Nine Mile Recreation Area.

Stevens Point won the boys title for the 43rd time in the last 44 years in which it has competed. SPASH did not participate in fall sports in 2020, and that last time before that it was not the boys conference champion was 1987.

The Panthers had the top four runners and six of the top seven led by conference champion James Jacobs, who won in 16:22.5, 6½ seconds ahead of teammate Aloysius Franzen.

The Marshfield boys finished second and the girls were fourth in the team standings as six Tigers earned all-conference honors with top-15 finishes.

Henry Hoerneman finished fifth in 17:02.0, Graham Lonsdale was 10th (17:19.9), Owen Hoerneman took 12th (17:23.5) and Thomas Cashmer was 13th (17:24.0) to lead Marshfield and earn all-WVC honors.

Six Marshfield runners earned all-conference honors at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Nine Mile Recreation Area in Rib Mountain. Earning all-WVC accolades were, from left, Graham Lonsdale, Thomas Cashmer, Kairi Kim, Eliana Kanitz, Henry Hoerneman and Owen Hoerneman. (Photo courtesy of Dan Akin)

Wausau West won the girls team title with 53 points, just three better than Wisconsin Rapids. Marshfield was fourth with 90 points, led by conference runner-up Eliana Kanitz, who finished second in 20:07.4.

D.C. Everest’s Sara Mlodik won the girls race in 19:11.1.

Kairi Kim took 13th for Marshfield in 21:03.1 to also earn all-WVC accolades. Calleigh Kanitz grabbed a top-20 finish as well for the Tigers, taking 17th in 21:07.9.

“It was a good meet for us today and the kids ran well,” Marshfield coach Dan Akin said. “We are pleased to have the boys place second overall and this team is looking good going into sectionals. Six all-conference runners says a lot about the quality of the runners on our team.”

The Wisconsin Rapids girls had three top-five finishes as Kate Schaeffer was third (20:14.1), Elise Moon finished fourth (20:17.1) and Allison Jahns took fifth (20:17.6).

Wisconsin Rapids had an eighth-place finish by Colin Wellnitz in the boys race and finished fourth in the team standings.

Wisconsin Valley Conference Cross Country Meet

Oct. 16, at Nine Mile Recreation Area, Rib Mountain


Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 17; 2. Marshfield 57; 3. Wausau West 120; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 122; 5. Wausau East 146; 6. D.C. Everest 151; 7. Merrill 172.

Top 10: 1. James Jacobs (SP) 16:22.5; 2. Aloysius Franzen (SP) 16:29.1; 3. Zach Scharbarth (SP) 16:34.6; 4. Tate Bruckhart (SP) 16:56.6; 5. Henry Hoerneman (MAR) 17:02.0; 6. Erek Ross (WE) 17:07.1; 7. Tye Lepak (SP) 17:08.9; 8. Colin Wellnitz (WR) 17:11.8; 9. Graham Ballard (SP) 17:16.5; 10. Graham Lonsdale (MAR) 17:19.9.


Team scores: 1. Wausau West 53; 2. Wisconsin Rapids 56; 3. Stevens Point 72; 4. Marshfield 90; 5. D.C. Everest 108; 6. Wausau East 146; 7. Merrill 213.

Top 10: 1. Sara Mlodik (DC) 19:11.1; 2. Eliana Kanitz (MAR) 20:07.4; 3. Kate Schaeffer (WR) 20:14.1; 4. Elise Moon (WR) 20:17.1; 5. Allison Jahns (WR) 20:17.6; 6. Lilly Higgins (SP) 20:18.5; 7. Maria Selting (DC) 20:37.6; 8. Elexa Marcinial (WW) 20:42.5; 9. Celia Sinz (WW) 20:51.8; 10. Grace Albee (WW) 20:58.6.

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