PHS girls repeat as ECC champions


MAGGIE MUNSON, Plymouth freshman, is en route to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet. – Photo by Jason Hassel MAGGIE MUNSON, Plymouth freshman, is en route to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet. – Photo by Jason Hassel WAUPUN – The Plymouth Panthers won the girls title for the second straight year in the East Central Conference Cross Country Meet here Saturday morning.

It was an impressive team performance by the Panthers as they placed their first five runners in the top-15 overall. PHS scored 46 points, followed by Winneconne with 65.

PHS was led by junior Lauren Rabe who finished fourth in 20 minutes, 59.63 seconds on the 3.1-mile course.

Ripon successfully its boys championship. The Tigers tallied 65 points. PHS placed third at 95. The Panthers’ top finisher was senior Gabe Olsen who earned fifth in 17:43.66 over 3.1 miles.

Six PHS runners earned All- ECC honors at the conference meet. They included: girls – Rabe and senior Ellie Welsch (sixth place) on the first team and fresh- man Maggie Munson (ninth) and senior Carly Lilek (12th) on the second team; and boys – Olsen, first team and junior Charlie Waitkus (eighth) on the second unit.


CHARLIE WAITKUS of Plymouth is on his way to finishing eighth in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet. – Photo by Jason Hassel CHARLIE WAITKUS of Plymouth is on his way to finishing eighth in Saturday’s ECC Cross Country Meet. – Photo by Jason Hassel The top-seven runners in the girls and boys races earned first team recognition. The runners who finished eighth through 14th earned second-team honors.

“We had a nice day at a competitive conference meet. Our girls had a great team win as all seven contributed with some hard run races,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Lauren and Ellie continue to lead us and got out quick and ran some gutsy races. Our team really fed of the great start they gave us.

“Our boys had great races from Gabe and Charlie. Charlie got out strong and Gabe really charged as the race progressed,” said Grosshuesch.

Senior Justin Reck of Kewaskum won the boys race in 17:21.97. The girls winner was freshman Allison Butte of Winneconne in 20:05.68.


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