PHS girls to state for third straight year


LAUREN RABE of Plymouth races to the finish line in Saturday’s sectional cross country meet. Rabe placed 10th to lead PHS. – Photo by Jason Hassel LAUREN RABE of Plymouth races to the finish line in Saturday’s sectional cross country meet. Rabe placed 10th to lead PHS. – Photo by Jason Hassel TWO RIVERS – The Plymouth Panthers advanced to the Division 2 girls state cross country meet for a third straight year with a runner-up finish in sectional competition here Saturday morning.

PHS, led by junior Lauren Rabe who finished 10th, scored 87 points. Rabe ran the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 46.8 seconds.

Appleton Xavier won the meet with 83 points. The first two teams and the top-five runners from non- qualifying teams in the boys and girls sectional meets qualify for the state championships Saturday at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Panthers placed seventh in the boys sectional with 202 points. Valders took first with an impressive 25, followed by Green Bay Notre Dame at 68.

The PHS boys’ top runner was senior Gabe Olsen who earned 11th in a career-best 17:36.9 over 3.1 miles. Olsen narrowly missed a state berth – finishing only 4.3 seconds behind Tanner Kasten of Luxemburg-Casco who earned the fifth individual state berth with 17:32.6.

“We had a nice sectional meet. The boys and girls ran with great heart and effort, and we had a great outcome. The girls for the second week in a row ran just fantastic,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

PHS won the Eastern Wiscon- sin Conference girls championship on Oct. 14.

“We [girls] continued with a nice, tight pack and they all finished so well with the last stretch into a stiff wind. These girls have shown a good deal of grit and effort to put together two great races the last two weeks,” said Grosshuesch.

“Lauren did a great job in pulling ahead a bit and the other three [Ellie Welsch, Maggie Munson and Carly Lilek] just finished so well to give us our top-four runners within 30 seconds of each other.”

Munson, Lilek and Lilly La- Porte ran season-best times for the Panthers.

“We got a great race out of Gabe. He surely left it all out on the course. Charlie [Waitkus] got out strong in his race and held on for a good finish,” said Grosshuesch.

Waitkus placed 35th in 18:38.2.

Trevor Wenzel of Valders won the boys race in 16:00.6. The girls champion was Jenna Cuene of Notre Dame with a time of 19:04.9.


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