Panther girls finish eighth in Division 2 state meet


ABBY PAYNE (left) and Brooke Koehn of Plymouth run sideby side in the D-2 girls state cross country meet Saturday. — Submitted photo ABBY PAYNE (left) and Brooke Koehn of Plymouth run sideby side in the D-2 girls state cross country meet Saturday. — Submitted photo WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Plymouth girls cross country team had its second-highest finish at state in school history with an eighth place in Saturday’s Division 2 meet here at the Ridges Golf Course.

The Panthers, led by junior Julia Novotny, scored 206 points in the 16-team field. Madison Edgewood won the title with 84.

Novotny ran the 4,000-meter course (2.5 miles) in 16 minutes, 2.20 seconds en route to a 45thplace finish. The race included 151 competitors. The champion was sophomore Morgan Florsheim of Shorewood with an outstanding time of 14:29.10.

PHS senior Tom Jankowski competed in the D-2 boys event and placed 84th in 17:50.79 over 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). The winner was Monroe senior Ethan Moehn in an excellent 15:58.93. The race had 150 runners.


ERIC DVORACHEK of Howards Grove competes in the D-3 boys state cross country meet Saturday. — Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News ERIC DVORACHEK of Howards Grove competes in the D-3 boys state cross country meet Saturday. — Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News Junior Eric Dvorachek of Howards Grove finished 44th in the D-3 boys race with a 17:30.49 clocking. Darlington senior Tyson Miehe was the champion with an impressive 15:57.49.

“Our girls team had a real strong effort at the state meet,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Our girls ran smart races, as they got out conservatively and then ran a real strong second half to their races. The state course is fairly hilly, so it is tough to run a great time but our girls all ran within several seconds of their season PRs [personal records].

“Julia led our group with a strong start and then she had a gutsy finish to maintain her strong place. Sophie [Bolich] ran a PR at the state meet which was a great way to end her injury-plagued season.”


TOM JANKOWSKI, Plymouth senior, competes in the D-2 boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet. — Submitted photo TOM JANKOWSKI, Plymouth senior, competes in the D-2 boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet. — Submitted photo All of Plymouth’s runners also competed at state last year when the Panthers took 10th. The topfive runners on each state squad counted toward the team scores. Plymouth’s previous best state showing was seventh in the 2007 D-2 meet.

“Abby Payne and Brooke Koehn were very solid as they have been all season and really moved up in the last mile and half of the course,” Grosshuesch said.

“Karly [Knaus] closed out our scoring and also did a great job of working her way through the field during the race. Olivia Jankowski and Anna Travis also raced real well.

“Tom had a nice race. He was excited about the chance to run at state and he made the most of the opportunity,” said Grosshuesch.

“Eric ran really, really well,” said Tiger head coach Gary Kalk.

“This was a very satisfying end to his season. Placing 44th at state is a great accomplishment for him, culminating months of training and hundreds of miles logged.”

PLYMOUTH RESULTS
Boys
84. Tom Jankowski, 17:50.79.
Girls
45. Julia Novotny, 16:02.20; 56. Sophie Bolich, 16:11.71; 65. Abby Payne,
16:18.15; 66. Brooke Koehn, 16:18.72;
95. Karly Knaus, 16:45.05; 108. Olivia
Jankowski, 16:59.90; 131. Anna Travis,
17:39.91.


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