Hatchet harriers deliver phenomenal performances at Marathon, Fall Creek invitationals
For the Tomahawk Leader
RIB MOUNTAIN – The Tomahawk Hatchet cross country team took part in a pair of invitationals earlier this month, and the girls and boys teams finished near or at the top of the field in both competitions.
On Thursday, Sept. 1, Tomahawk traveled to Nine-Mile Recreation Area in Rib Mountain for the 13th annual Marathon Invitational.
Despite the hot conditions, the boys kicked off the race by taking 3rd, prevailing over schools such as D.C. Everest and Auburndale.
The girls team blew the field away, winning by 48 points over the closest competitor in the 14-team field, despite missing the score of their second runner.
“We saw some solid pack running from both the boys and girls and hope to carry this strategy throughout the season,” said coach Steph Ahrens.
The boys team was led by Junior Presley Gutbrod, who took 13th with a time of 19:36. Other scoring finishers for the boys were Sam Zastrow (18th-20:03), Owen Dickrell (23rd-20:29), Ty Anthes (28th-20:48), Taje Casey (32nd-21:12), Jacob Riemer (33rd-21:15) and Brett Borchardt (34th-21:15).
Other finishers were Jeremiah Johnson (40th-21:33), Nathan Rosenmeier (52nd-22:11), Jacob Towle (54th-22:40), Masen Towle (78th-24:39), Gerard Gorell (95th-26:36), Elliot O’Connor (97th-27:10) and Bruce Peetz (103rd-28:05).
Boys team scores: Athens-38, Marathon-94, Tomahawk-109, Prentice-126, Auburndale-132, D.C. Everest-141, Pittsville-155, Waupaca-194, Wittenberg-Birnamwood-217, Assumption-226, Merrill-249, Port Edwards-Inc., Three Lakes-Inc.
The girls placed three in the top ten: Rachael Reilly (3rd-21:29), Serena Reinke (8th-23:44) and Robin Schmidt (9th-23:46). Other scoring finishers for the girls were Halle Derleth (11th-23:59), Alli Palmer (12th-24:08), Marie Gorell (13th-24:21) and Izzy Lee (15th-24:53).
Other Lady Hatchet finishers were Morgan Hansmann (DQ-21:56), Abbi Micke (19th-25:44), Kambyl Mattke (20th-25:54), Faith Derleth (24th-26:12), Lydia Shaney (26th-26:21), Kailynn Hanse (40th-28:20), Summer Gaedtke (53rd-30:09) and Jennie Frederickson (78th-34:26).
Girls team scores: Tomahawk-30, Assumption-78, Marathon-87, Athens-132, Merrill-135, Abbotsford-159, Waupaca-182, Pittsville-186, Wittenberg-Birnamwood-189, Port Edwards-Inc., Nekoosa-Inc., Prentice-Inc., Three Lakes-Inc., Faith-Christian-Inc.
“Yet again the girls followed the race plan to a ‘T’, which resulted in every girl passing more competitors after each mile,” said coach Connor Ahrens.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Hatchet harriers travelled traveled southwest to Fall Creek to compete against eight other schools in the 27th annual Cricket Invite.
For the eighth year in a row and 17th time in the last 18 years, Tomahawk brought home the overall combined score team traveling trophy. Despite the muddy and rainy conditions, the Hatchets swept the varsity meet, winning both races.
“Conditions were far from ideal, as a few of the hills had running streams of water and sliding mud,” said coach Kurt Cordova. “Nevertheless, the kids came through and made it a fun race to compete in.”
The Hatchet boys were led by top ten finishers Presley Gutbrod (3rd-19:20), Sam Zastrow (6th-19:40) and Owen Dickrell (7th-19:46).
The remaining Hatchets were Ty Anthes (11th-20:46), Taje Casey (15th-21:09), Brett Borchardt (16th-21:11), Jacob Riemer (21st-21:54), Nathan Rosenmeier (22nd-22:03), Jeremiah Johnson (23rd-22:11), Jacob Towle (26th-22:28), Bruce Peetz (35th-23:43), Masen Towle (39th-24:09), Gerard Gorell (47th-25:23), Elliot O’Connor (50th-26:07), Cayden Shepler (53rd-27:18) and Eli Albrent (54th-27:42).
The Hatchet girls remained undefeated as they captured their third invitational title of the season, placing all five scorers in the top 15 as medalists. They were led by Rachael Reilly (3rd-21:39) and Morgan Hansmann (6th-22:40), who both placed in the top ten.
Other Lady Hatchets contributing to the victory were Halle Derleth (13th-24:12), Serena Reinke (14th-24:17) and Robin Schmidt (15th-24:21).
The rest of the Lady Hatchet attack included Marie Gorell (18th-24:47), Kambyl Mattke (20th-24:53), Izzy Lee (21st-24:59), Abi Micke (22nd-25:59), Kailynn Hanse (27th-26:53), Summer Gaedtke (37th-29:18), Faith Derleth (DQ-26:30), and Lydia Shaney (DQ-27:32).
Coach Kurt Reinke noted that the Hatchets utilized pack running to the team’s advantage.
“This allowed many of our runners to stay controlled and relaxed until they had to begin making their moves up the hills,” Reinke stated. “We do, however, need to begin seeing more separation in the races when our student-athletes are capable of running those quicker paces.”
“Another victory is a great confidence booster for our kids, yet the field was greatly reduced, having only eight teams to run against compared to 12 or more in years past,” said coach Connor Ahrens.
The Hatchets’ next meet is Saturday, Sept. 17, when Tomahawk will compete in the prestigious 66th annual Smiley Invitational, located at Wausau East High School on the northeast side of Wausau. Racing gets underway at 8:30 a.m. with the boys JV D2/3 combined race.
“The Smiley Invite will be a key determinant of where we stand amongst many of our Division 2 competitors,” Ahrens noted.
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