Muskego boys claim cross county crown
Kwapick finishes first; girls take third in Classic 8 meets
Mitch Kwapick led the way for the Muskego boys cross country team in more ways than one during Saturday's Classic 8 Conference Meet.
The senior kept his teammates together in the first portion of the race, then led a charge that carried him to the individual championship and the Warriors to the team crown at Naga-Waukee Park.
Kwapick narrowly wins
Kwapick finished in 16 minutes, 48.61 seconds to nip runner-up Tyler Benson of Waukesha West, who crossed the line in 16:48.66.
Kwapick was joined in the top 10 by teammates Colin Reisenauer, seventh in 17:19.91; Alex Erickson, ninth in 17:23.13; and Dan Matusinec, 10th in 17:24.32.
Nic Blommel ran 20th (17:34.26), Evan Seghers 22nd (17:37.14) and Josh Deakin 23rd (17:39.89) to round out Muskego's runners.
The Warriors won the meet with 47 points, topping Arrowhead's 61 points.
The Muskego girls also ran well, taking third with 84 points in a meet dominated by Arrowhead, which tallied 24 points and boasted five of the top eight runners.
Boys head coach C.J. Michaud was happy to see his team surge to the title in just its second year in the Classic 8. The Warriors finished in the middle of the pack last season.
He credited Kwapick, who has enjoyed a strong overall season.
"We approached the meet as a pack," Michaud said. "Mitch was actually 34th at the mile mark, but he kept our group together. After that, he took off, and the others went with him."
Kwapick becomes just the second Muskego boys runner to capture an individual conference crown in Michaud's 11 seasons with the program. The other was Thomas Breitbach in the 2006 Southeast Conference meet.
Kwapick's career best of 15:59, run earlier this season, stands just eight seconds behind Breitbach's school mark of 15:51.
Lederman leads girls
The girls squad was paced by Jenna Lederman, who was third with 15:29.7. Teammate Morgan Marek came in ninth at 15:46.75.
Mary Holterman took 19th (16:17.55), Abigale Missiaen 25th (16:49.64), Sonya Ponzi 28th (16:55.44) and Lexie Tremble 35th (17:16.1).
The Muskego teams will next compete in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet Saturday on their home course at Lake Denoon Middle School. The girls meet begins at 11 a.m., with the boys running at 11:45 a.m.
The top two teams and the top five individuals not on those qualifying teams will advance to the state meet on Nov. 2 at Wisconsin Rapids.
The last time the Warriors ran at Lake Denoon, they both won their own invitational, and they would like to repeat that success.
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