Press Release – 09/24/16
Tomahawk traveled to Winneconnie’s Lake Breeze Golf Course on Saturday for the annual Oshkosh Lourdes Cross-Country Invitational. 40 teams gathered for bragging rights in small and large schools combined races. Ten state ranked boy’s teams and seven state ranked girl’s teams were represented. #9 (in D-1) ranked West Bend West won the overall boy’s title while #1 (in D-2) ranked Freedom won the overall title girl’s title. The Hatchet boy’s placed 7th in the small schools division (21st overall) upending state ranked teams from Laconia and Living Word Lutheran, while the girls placed 12th in the small schools division (32nd overall).
The boys were tightly grouped with Mason Webster (84th -18:02-SB), Alex Johnson (89th -18:05-SB), Evan Ploeckelman (90th -18:06-PR), Cayton Scholz (119th -18:26), Justin Jarvensivu (176th -19:12), Lucas Tjugum (190th -19:25), Matt Johnson (192nd -19:26) and Parker Johnson (200th -19:28-PR). 263 runners finished the marquee event.
Despite having two athletes under the weather with colds, the girls were led by freshman Haley Voermans-Dean (72nd -21:15), Maggee Renn (127th -22:28-SB), Rylie Swan (173rd -23:30-SB), Meagan Berg (178th -23:32), Morgan Waye (193rd -24:00-PR), Gillian Buckwalter (199th -24:16-PR), and Lauren Bauman (219th -25:45).
Tomahawk returns to competitions on Tuesday as the JV squad travels to Edgar to compete at the Edgar Invitational. Two days later the varsity will compete at the Waupaca Invitational—also the site of the WIAA Division 2 Sectional that the Hatchets will compete in in late October.
“…before arriving (based on information that we had received) we had envisioned a course that was soft and partially under water…however, the course was in awesome condition despite receiving over 7” of rain earlier in the week. A couple of soft spots may have slowed things a bit for the athletes, but we still had half of our runners either run PR’s or seasonal bests! The competition was awesome and the big meet experience for the second straight week pushed the athletes to new levels.”
“…we had set goals with our boys to beat at least one ranked team and place in the top half of the field against all teams and we nearly accomplished both feats. To be 7th in a small school field that included six ranked teams was a credit to how hard the boys competed.”
“…we had two of our girls (Haley and Lauren) that were hit with some type of virus this week and were not at full strength, but still managed to give it their best. What was impressive was how the rest of the girls (Maggee, Rylie, Morgan, Gillian, and Meagan) responded to those girls being down and had four outstanding performances amongst them.”
Morgan Waye… “…for the second straight week Morgan ran a career best effort and scored for us. In the past two weeks she has shaved over a minute off of her PR. She is working hard in practice and it is showing in her performance at these challenging meets. She is a great role model for the younger athletes with her level of focus and determination.”
Evan Ploeckelman… “…Evan continues to improve nearly every week. He is running strong with our top boys “pack” and is showing a lot of confidence for a sophomore. He sets the bar high for himself every race and works hard in competition to achieve his goals. Another feather in his cap is that he is also stellar in the classroom, a tough combination as a dedicated athlete!”
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