Panther girls fifth in strong Manty Invite

GREEN BAY – Junior Julia Novotny earned 12th out of 130 runners to propel the Plymouth Panthers to a fifth-place showing in Saturday morning’s Manitowoc Invitational girls cross country meet.

Novotny traversed the 2.5-mile course in 15 minutes, 45 seconds. The champion was Lauren Farina of Appleton North with a time of 14:58.

PHS scored 158 points in the 17-team field. Stevens Point captured first with 44.

The Panthers finished 16th in the 17-team boys meet with 425 points. PHS was led by sophomore Ian McConnaha who finished 63rd in 18:36 over 3.1 miles.

Stevens Point won the boys title with 42 points. Evan Hatton of Stevens Point was the individual winner in 15:55.

“We ran against some real strong competition at Manitowoc. There were several very strong Division 1 schools to battle with,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Our girls fared quite well. We had great depth in our top-five runners, with top-20 finishes out of Julia and Abby [Payne, 18th]. This team is getting stronger with each meet and we hope we can keep that momentum going into the last month of the season.

“Our boys team struggled a bit with the tough competition. We have some injuries affecting us but we ran hard and had our typical strong threesome of Ian, Paul [Francis] and Chandler ]Haun] to lead us,” Grosshuesch said.

Varsity Boys
63. Ian McConnaha, 18:36; 78. Paul
Francis, 18:56; 81. Chandler Haun,
19:00; 100. Chad Benti, 19:31; 103.
Brady Ludvik, 19:36.
Varsity Girls
12. Julia Novotny, 15:45; 18. Abby
Payne, 15:58; 37. Brooke Koehn,
16:27; 44. Olivia Jankowski, 16:41; 47.
Karly Knaus, 16:45.

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