Panthers have high hopes heading into ECC Meet

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


LAUREN RABE, Plymouth junior shown competing in the the Sheboygan County Cross Country Meet on Sept. 26, is one of the key leaders for the Panther team this season. – Review photo by Steve Ottman LAUREN RABE, Plymouth junior shown competing in the the Sheboygan County Cross Country Meet on Sept. 26, is one of the key leaders for the Panther team this season. – Review photo by Steve Ottman PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ boys and girls cross country teams come into Saturday’s East Central Conference Meet with high hopes.

Both teams are coming off good showings in their last meets which were at the Port Washington Invitational on Oct. 5. The ECC Meet is scheduled to be held at Fond du Lac County Park, starting at 10 a.m.

PHS is the defending girls ECC champion and the Panther boys placed second in the meet last year. Ripon edged PHS, 64-65, to win the boys crown.

Panther senior Ellie Welsch won the ECC individual girls title last year. The top returning place-winner for the PHS boys in the conference meet is senior Isaac Fintak who finished seventh.

“Our boys and girls team both set goals at the start of the season and each team set winning the conference meet as one of their key season’s goals. We have reminded them of that goal this week and they are focused on doing all they can to make that happen,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“The boys team is certainly on the upswing. They ran real well at the Port meet and are starting to close the gap from our Nos. 1-5 runners.

“The boys are coming into the conference meet in good health and are excited about the challenge of the conference meet. After missing the title last year by one point, they are motivated to try to make it happen this year,” said Grosshuesch.

“The key for our boys will be to get several of our top five to finish in the top 10 overall of the meet. We need that to keep the score low when we add in our Nos. 4 and 5 runners.”

The coach expects Ripon, Winneconne and Waupun to be top contenders for the boys title.

“The girls are also looking strong going into the meet. We have had a nice tight pack of 1-5 runners all season and now we actually have a pretty good pack of 1-6 runners,” said Grosshuesch.

“Health-wise, we are doing pretty well for the girls as well. We have been pulling back this week a bit, so that should help both teams be well rested and strong for Saturday.

“The key for the girls will be to keep our tight pack but to put that pack in the top 15 of all runners in the meet. That will be a challenge but we are going to have to do it to get the title,” said the coach.

Winneconne, Berlin and Waupun are top title contenders, said Grosshuesch, for the girls meet.


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