Panther teams second at Kiel Invitational


JESSICA MEHRE of Elkhart Lake paces her team in Thursday’s Kiel Cross Country Invitational. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News JESSICA MEHRE of Elkhart Lake paces her team in Thursday’s Kiel Cross Country Invitational. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News KIEL – The Plymouth Panthers finished runner-up in the boys and girls meets at Thursday afternoon’s Kiel Cross Country Invitational.

Senior Sophie Bolich continued her standout season for the PHS girls as she earned first place with a time of 15 minutes, 36.3 seconds on the 2.5-mile course. Two Rivers’ Allie Wachowski was a distant second at 16:22.3.

The Panthers scored 62 points in the 15-team girls meet. Two Rivers captured the title with 49. The Howards Grove Tigers earned third at 127. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters were last with 419.

HGHS was led in the girls race by Katie Guse who took 11th in 16:52.5. EL-G was paced by Jessica Mehre who was 48th in 18:41.2.

Valders won the 16-team boys meet with 78 points, followed by PHS at 102. The Panthers’ top runner was Ian McConnaha who was sixth in 17:50.2 over 3.1 miles. The winner was Ryan Gurgel of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) with a 16:42.9 effort.


KATIE GUSE of Howards Grove competes in the Kiel Cross Country Invitational Thursday. Guse placed 11th. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri- County News KATIE GUSE of Howards Grove competes in the Kiel Cross Country Invitational Thursday. Guse placed 11th. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri- County News Elkhart and HGHS had incomplete boys teams.

“We are very excited about our teams’ performances at the Kiel Invite. For both teams our team depth was the key to our quality scores,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Our girls had the firstfive runners in the top 22 of the race and the boys had the first five in the top 37. Sophie and Ian looked real smooth in their races to pace both teams.”

Grosshuesch said the Panthers’ junior varsity boys and girls teams ran great races.

“A number of kids did a lot of summer running. All have been working real hard at practice and today’s performances are a great starting block for us,” said Tiger head coach Gary Kalk.


ALAN SCHAEFER of Plymouth is on his way to a ninth-place finish in Thursday’s Kiel Cross Country Invitational. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News ALAN SCHAEFER of Plymouth is on his way to a ninth-place finish in Thursday’s Kiel Cross Country Invitational. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News “Katie Guse, Ashley Reinemann, Noelle Eschen, Zyta Mueller, and Melissa Oxtoby each had strong races in leading the Tiger ladies. Sam Sixel logged countless miles in the off-season and ran very well himself.”



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