After one meet, it appears that the Muskego and Hartland Arrowhead boys cross country teams will have a budding rivalry this season.
The Warriors tallied 62 points to win the West Allis Hale Invitational on Friday at Greenfield Park, beating Arrowhead's 123 points. Cedarburg was third (137) in the 14-team event.
In addition, senior Mitch Kwapick of Muskego and Will Simons of Arrowhead staged their own battle for the individual top spot. Simons won the race with 16 minutes, 30 seconds, and Kwapick took second at 16:31.
"Mitch ran a very patient race against some terrific competition," head coach C.J. Michaud said, "and the finish between him and Simons was just about as exciting a finish as you'll see in cross country."
Senior Colin Reisenauer took seventh with 17:23, junior Alex Erickson 11th at 17:36 and junior Dan Matusinec 17th with 17:44 to round out Muskego's top-20 places.
"Colin moved up incredibly well the second and third mile," Michaud said. "Alex did likewise and Dan not only moved up from somewhere near the back of the race to finish 17th, but he ran a time that was nearly 40 seconds faster than his lifetime best."
Senior Nic Blommel came in 25th (17:52), sophomore Evan Seghers 27th (17:54) and junior Alex Graziano 44th (18:25, a personal best by over 20 seconds).
Sophomore Josh Deakin was unable to finish the race.
"We have a deep team this year," Michaud said, "and with Mitch out toward the front of these races, we are very excited about our potential this season. It is still just an early-season race, so we enjoyed the win, but (the kids) also started to think about what's next by the time we were on the bus ride home.
"We may have beaten Arrowhead today, but there is far too much success in (the Warhawks') history to just assume that we will be able to beat them later in the season. We know they are going to do everything they can to catch us and it is up to us to equal that focus."
One week earlier, the Warriors took part in the Kenosha Tremper Invitational, a race based on the runners' years in school.
Kwapick led the Muskego seniors by finishing fourth (17:07), while Erickson topped the juniors with fifth (18:19), Deakin the sophomores with first (17:59) and Glenn Kaboskey the freshmen with 10th (20:57).
The Warriors earned 10 medals and posted 12 personal bests in the meet.
Muskego next competes in the South Milwaukee Invitational at Grant Park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
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