Shawano, Bonduel teams fare well at Shawano Invitational

Ideal weather helps local runners to low times
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A cool Saturday morning that also had low humidity offered cross-country runners ideal running conditions at the Shawano Invitational. Local runners took advantage, turning in solid times that led some teams to strong finishes.

The Bonduel girls took first among the Division 3 schools competing, earning 36 points. The Bonduel boys came in second with 48 points.

Kara Troxel led the girls team with a second-place finish in the division, posting a time of 20 minutes, 11.31 seconds.

“I think I did pretty well today. It gets pretty narrow towards the front of it, so I had to get out fast and sprint a little more than I usually do,” Troxel said. “I thought I kept a good pace throughout the race. I had some kick in the end, which doesn’t happen much.”

Breanna Schnell (23:03.55) placed fourth for the Bonduel girls while Madison Kurey (23:26.80) and Jessica Ewing (23:28.08) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Erin Timler (25:33.77) placed 17th to round out the team score while Katlin Thompson (26:17.45), Kim Smith (26:58) and Alexia Folkman (28:11.81) also participated.

The Bonduel boys were paced by Jared Wondra (17:47.89), who crossed the finish line in sixth. Colin Ewing (18:20.99) placed eighth while Carter Kurey (18:34.19) took ninth. William Beaumier (19:16.09) and Jack Johnson (20:14.99) came in 15th and 23rd, respectively.

Like the girls team, the Bonduel boys are hoping to make it to state for a second straight year.

“Now that we have these (low) times out here, we know how fast we have to move our legs, how fast we have to go,” Wondra said. “We should have confidence from this too, we know we can run these times now. A lot of us had season records and some had personal records. We’re trying to build up towards sectionals and hopefully get to state again.”

Cooper Uelmen (21:40.89), Colen Klosterman (22:15.49) and Michael Smith (24:09.99) also competed for the Bonduel boys.

Shawano’s girls team took third in Division 2 but was just 12 points higher than Winneconne, which took first. The Shawano boys tallied 104 points to come in third.

Alice Hoffmann (21:13.16), Lydia Beyer (21:25.32) and Dayna Besaw (21:27.68) led the girls team by placing eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. Carrie Young (22:23.37) and Claire Guenther (22:59.50) filled out the team score by finishing 18th and 23rd, respectively.

“With this being our home course, we know where we’re at so we knew where to push ourselves,” Hoffmann said. “Our (the Shawano girls) goal is to win conference this year, so especially with this meet since almost all of the teams that we’ll see at conference are here, we can go back and look at where we were in the race compared to those other people and from there we can see who we need to be beating.”

“I knew the course so I knew when to accelerate up hills and how to mentally run the race. I guess just having people in front of me and my teammates motivating me to keep going forward,” said Beyer on what helped her to a strong finish.

Johnny Dillenburg (18:06.19) led the Shawano boys with a 14th place finish while Karsten Anderson (18:07.59) took 15th. Ethan Chelberg (18:26.09), Joseph Mente (18:32.99) and Demetrius Kaquatosh (18:55.19) filled out the Hawks’ top-five runners while Ben Carroll (19:55.09) also ran.

“Today was nice because there was a little bit of a breeze so your body temperature didn’t get up that high,” Dillenburg said. “I felt like I had a really good race today, a lot of guys pushed me, like Karsten Anderson, who was right behind me. I just gave it my all and left it all out there.”

The Gresham/Bowler co-op boys team took fourth with 114 points in Division 3. Levi Schick (20:11.19) led the team while Noah Bestul (21:43.59), Lane Schultz (21:44.79), Austin Slater (28:31.29) and Donnie Edwards (31.52.79) filled out the team.

Ashton Cox led a trio of Menominee Indian runners in the Division 3 boys race with a time of 19:14.79. Jameson Besaw (22:56.59) and Joshua Besaw (23:36.49) finished 33rd and 34th, respectively.

Marion’s Justin Wuske (19:43.49), Reed Wiesman (21:19.59) and Isaiah Gueths (21:46.99) competed in the Division 3 boys race while Hannah Krueger (29:43.63) and Keana Johnson (30:03.13) each ran for the Marion girls.