Muskego boys, girls sweep own cross country invitational
Warriors' Kwapick claims individual title
As the cross country season enters its championship month, the Muskego boys and girls teams each received a big boost on Saturday.
Both squads won their own Warrior Invitational at Lake Denoon Middle School, with the boys having the individual champion in senior Mitch Kwapick and the girls placing three in the top 10.
"It always feels good to win at home," boys head coach C.J. Michaud said. "We had a strong home crowd, and this was a large invitational, with 20 teams, so it was a good test."
Girls head coach Richard Raney added, "It's great to win your home invite, and it helps us work toward our goal of having our best times later in the season."
Both score in 50s
The boys tallied 59 points to beat Lake Geneva Badger's 78 points. Madison Edgewood finished third with 117 points.
The girls had a tougher fight, as they scored 53 points to hold off Oak Creek with 57 points and Brookfield Central with 66 points and the individual winner in Elizabeth Flatley.
"Brookfield Central and Oak Creek are outstanding teams," Raney said. "They are well-coached and talented. To match up so well with them is a huge confidence builder."
For the boys, Kwapick won the race in 16 minutes officially, but his time was actually 15 minutes, 59.94 seconds, making him the third Muskego runner all-time to break 16 minutes. It was also the third-fastest time in school history.
Kwapick is fairly new to cross country.
"In his freshman year," Michaud said, "he did not run cross country, but he ran sprints in track. As a sophomore, he was in cross country but just kind of 'played' at it.
"As a junior, I asked him if he wanted to run with the varsity, and he became a state qualifier. Now, it's clear that he's pretty good."
Alex Erickson took 10th (17:03), Dan Matusinec 13th (17:09), Nic Blommel 16th (17:13), Evan Seghers 19th (17:21), Colin Reisenauer 22nd (17:23) and Josh Deakin 26th (17:28).
"(Before the race), the kids were talking about what we could do team-wise, which is a good sign," Michaud said.
Lederman leads girls
Jenna Lederman paced the Muskego girls with third place (15:12) and was followed in the top 10 by Georgi Llanas in seventh (15:26) and Morgan Marek eighth (15:36).
Ellie Tadych ran 11th (15:43), Sonya Ponzi 24th (16:22), Mary Holterman 25th (16:22) and Lexie Tremble 29th (16:32) rounded out the team's effort.
"We just want to get better each week," Raney said, "and everything will take care of itself."
Both Muskego teams next run in the Racine Case Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Oct. 5. The boys field includes defending WIAA Division 1 champion Madison West.
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