Falls’ Otte earns second in D-2 state meet


THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS team starts the D-2 race in Saturday’s state cross country meet. Team members include (left to right) Luci Hoitink, Lauren Rabe, Kalei Hering, Maria Ryan and Ellie Welsch. – Submitted photo THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS team starts the D-2 race in Saturday’s state cross country meet. Team members include (left to right) Luci Hoitink, Lauren Rabe, Kalei Hering, Maria Ryan and Ellie Welsch. – Submitted photo WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Senior Clark Otte of Sheboygan Falls earned a second-place medal in the Division 2 boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet.

Otte, who won a sixth-place medal in last year’s state meet, ran the 3.1-mile layout at the Ridges Golf Course in 15 minutes, 56.46 seconds. The winner was Luke Bailey of Appleton Xavier in 15:44.80.

Plymouth senior Alan Schaefer competed in the D-2 boys race and finished 76th out of 151 runners with a time of 17:48.14.

The PHS girls team placed 10th in the 16-team D-2 field with 257 points (top-five finishers). The Panthers were led by junior Ellie Welsch who took 53rd overall in 20:43.11 over 3.1 miles. The race included 152 participants.


KATIE GUSE, Howards Grove senior, competes in the D-3 girls race at Saturday’s state cross country meet. – Submitted photo KATIE GUSE, Howards Grove senior, competes in the D-3 girls race at Saturday’s state cross country meet. – Submitted photo East Troy was the D-2 girls champion with 88 points. Cedar Grove-Belgium was sixth with 167. Dana Feyen of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau earned first in 18:21.48. Falls sophomore Briana Kleckner took 62nd with 20:53.08.

Senior Katie Guse of Howards Grove finished 36th in the D-3 girls event with a 20:50.87 clocking over 3.1 miles. Guse moved up from 89th in last year’s D-3 state meet. Capturing first this year was Noelle Maire of Belleville in 19:12.79. The race included 149 runners.

“Alan had a nice race with a real strong finish up the hill in the last 200 [yards]. He got a bit corralled in early in the race but opened up his pace in the last mile to make up some ground,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.


ALAN SCHAEFER (second from right) of Plymouth competes in the D-2 boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet. – Submitted photo ALAN SCHAEFER (second from right) of Plymouth competes in the D-2 boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet. – Submitted photo “It was great to seen him end his four-year cross country career at state. He really had a great final year.

“Our girls ran very well. As a group of seven they really had a great second half of the race, especially the last mile. It was great to see them attack that last incline and pass people to finish well,” said Grosshuesch.

“Ellie and Kalei [Hering, 66th place] led us with their usual 1-2 team finishes. They both have been great leaders for us, both as runners and as people. They are such hard workers and have great attitudes that they really lift the other girls up.

“We are proud of all seven girls. We were hoping to be in the top eight but we knew that would be a tall task. They handled the pressure of a quality field of state runners well and should be proud of their efforts,” Grosshuesch said.

“We will miss Kalei and Maria [Ryan] as our two seniors. They both had a season marked by great improvement from junior varsity runners for most of last year to key varsity runners this year.

“Thanks to the nice group of students and parents who made the long trip to support our runners. Thanks also go to Tina Henriksen and Glen Smith [PHS assistant coaches] who once again did a great job of coaching our fine athletes,” said Grosshuesch.

“What a fantastic ending to a fabulous cross country career [for Guse],” said HG head coach Gary Kalk.

“This was Katie’s third trip to state and was by far her best race on the Ridge course. To finish in the top 25 percent at state is an accomplishment to be very proud of.”


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