Hatchet harriers compete in Marathon Invitational
For the Tomahawk Leader
RIB MOUNTAIN – On Thursday, Aug. 31, the Tomahawk Hatchet cross country team traveled to Nine-Mile Recreation Area in Rib Mountain for the 14th Annual Marathon Invitational.
It was a great day to race, and the boys team took fifth place, while the girls team took second to state-ranked division III Assumption.
The boys’ team was led by senior Presley Gutbrod, who took 18th with a time of 19:29. Other scoring finishers for the boys were Sam Zastrow (40th-20:41), Trey Morrison (41st-20:41), Nathan Rosenmeier (42nd-20:42), Jeremiah Johnson (44th-20:43), Dominic Boos (45th-20:44), Owen Dickrell (51st-21:15), Bruce Peetz (77th-22:40), Drew Voermans (80th-22:55), Elliot O’Connor (99th-24:06), Ryan Montag (105th-24:43), Will Boneck (125th-25:54) and Gerard Gorell (130th-28:34).
Boys’ team scores: DC Everest-35, Waupaca-67, Rib Lake/Prentice-101, Marathon-109, Tomahawk-154, Athens-159, Pittsville-207, Merrill-216, Wittenberg/Birnamwood-230, Assumption-235, Auburndale-289, Nekoosa-319, Three Lakes-INC, Faith Christian-INC, John Edwards-INC.
The girls placed two in the top ten, Elise Gibeault (9th-22:04) and Rachael Reilly (10th-22:04). Other scoring finishers for the girls were Alli Palmer (13th-22:29), Halle Derleth (14th-23:06), Robin Schmidt (19th-23:30), Faith Derleth (22nd-24:31), Izzy Lee (25th-24:37), Kambyl Mattke (30th-25:26), Abi Micke (31st-25:37), Lydia Shaney (34th-26:12), Reese Molitor (35th-26:20), Abbie Rosenmeier (41st-26:52), Kailynn Hanse (51st-29:02), Jennie Frederickson (63rd-31:13) and Summer Gaedtke (65th-31:36).
Girls’ team scores: Assumption-33, Tomahawk-57, Marathon-97, Wittenberg/Birnamwood-91, Auburndale-118, Abbotsford-136, Athens-INC, Merrill-INC, Waupaca-INC, Pittsville-INC, Nekoosa-INC, Three Lakes-INC, Faith Christian-INC, and Rib Lake/Prentice-INC.
“Though a few of our boys were fighting illness and injury, they ran tough and had some great pack running,” coach Connor Ahrens said. “We will look for this pack to move up time in the coming weeks. On the flip side, the girls again found themselves battling for the first place spot, but couldn’t quite make the necessary adjustments to topple Division III State Ranked Assumption.”
Coach Steph Ahrens said it was exciting to see the boys finish in a strong pack.
“The girls ran well, but must focus on other teams’ runners if we are going to truly be a competitive team when it matters,” she stated. “We had several girls that didn’t feel the greatest and still had solid races. It shows how committed this team is to their goals.”
Recent, upcoming action
The Tomahawk runners were scheduled to compete in an invitational in Menomonie on Saturday, Sept. 9.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Hatchets will travel to Wausau East High School for an invitational that kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
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