PHS girls repeat as Panther Relays champions

MELISSA OXTOBY of Howards Grove competes in the Nos. 6-8 runners’ race at Tuesday’s Panther Relays in Plymouth. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MELISSA OXTOBY of Howards Grove competes in the Nos. 6-8 runners’ race at Tuesday’s Panther Relays in Plymouth. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Plymouth, paced by individual champion Sophie Bolic, successfully defended its title in the Panther Relays girls cross country meet Tuesday afternoon at PHS.

The host Panthers placed an impressive three runners in the top-four overall and had their first five runners in the top 14. PHS recorded a cumulative time of 1 hour, 46 minutes, 12.30 seconds for its first five competitors.

Bolich a junior, posted a time of 19:46.46 over 3.1 miles. The girls in Wisconsin high school competition used to run 2.5 miles until this year.

Also finishing in the top four for PHS were seniors Brooke Koehn and Abby Payne who were third and fifth, respectively.

Sophomore Ashley Reinemann led the Howards Grove Tigers with a seventh-place effort in 21:44.18. HGHS, the smallest school in the meet, placed a solid fourth in the seven-team field with 1:53:47.73.

Pewaukee took second in 1:47:56.14.

Pewaukee won the boys meet with a time of 1:29:41.69 and PHS took fourth at 1:36:44.57. HGHS had an incomplete team.

The Tigers were led by senior Eric Dvorachek who finished fourth in 17:43.72 over 3.1 miles. Dvorachek was fifth here a year ago. Plymouth’s top runner was junior Ian McConnaha, sixth at 18:12.40.

“Both teams had very good meets on a beautiful day,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch. “We competed real well and across the board and we had very strong finishes to our races.

“For the girls, we had great races out of our top six. Sophie looked great to win the race easily [by 50 seconds]. Brooke and Abby continued their string of strong races.

“Olivia Jankowski] is having a great season, and continued that with a good race Tuesday,” said Grosshuesch.

“For the boys, our top-three runners ran really well. Ian, Alan [Schaefer] and Paul [Francis] ran very well.”

Tiger head coach Gary Kalk said he was pleased with his teams’ performances, especially considering they were competing against larger schools.

The boys and girls meets included separate races for the Nos. 6-8 runners, 3-5 and 1-2 from each school.



6. Ian McConnaha, 18:12.40 9. Alan Schaefer, 18:33.63; 11. Paul Francis, 18:46.32; 26. Gabe Olsen, 20:18.72; 32. Jordan Marshall, 20:53.84.


1. Sophie Bolich, 19:46.46; 3. Brooke Koehn, 20:41.18; 4. Abby Payne, 21:17.59; 12. Olivia Jankowski, 22:02.57; 14. Maria Ryan, 22:24.50.



4. Eric Dvorachek, 17:43.72; 31. Eric Bruckschen, 20:35.84; 35. Reed Trueblood, 21:07.07; 39. Sam Sixel, 21:29.47.


2. Ashley Reinemann, 21:44.18; 17. Morgan Edge, 22:33.57; 19. Noelle Eschen, 22:49.84; 22. Melissa Oxtoby, 23:08.01; 25. Katie Guse, 23:32.13.

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