Girls runners take seventh at Valders Invite

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent

VALDERS – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons girls team took seventh place at the Valders Cross Country Invitational Thursday, Sept. 16.

A solid team showing gave the girls squad one of its strongest finishes of the season.

Falcons junior Stephanie Kleckner led the pack with a 30th-place showing. Junior Nicole Bartel (34th) freshman Katie Depagter (38th) and junior Kayla Drossel (40th) were all within 10 places of each other.

The Falcons boys were led by their consistent leader senior Lucas LaCrosse, who notched a fifth-place finish. Sophomore Jake Hucke ran a strong 14th and senior Devin Christenson had a 28th-place showing. Overall, the boys ran sixth in the team competition.

Kleckner, who has been running very consistently, maintaining strong times and moving into the No. 1 runner for the girls unit, was selected to receive the Runner of the Week Award for the girls squad.

“She got some summer running in, which is so important in order to do well in cross country,” said Falcons coach Tiffany Otte. “She works very hard, competes hard and never complains.”

Devin Christenson earned the Runner of the Week Award for the boys unit. Christenson, who has been improving every race, moved into the No. 3 slot for the Valders Invite. “It was so great to see him excited and happy with one of his best performances at Valders,” Otte said. “I am very pleased to see him obtain a new personal best time. He works hard and should see great results this season.”


Valders Invitational

Sept. 16

Girls individual results: 30. Stephanie Kleckner 18.41, 34. Nicole Bartel 19.13, 38. Katie DePagter 19.57, 40. Kayla Drossel 20.28, 46. Katherine Graumann 20.59, 47. Krystal St. Andre 21.13, 57. Rachel Miley 22.02, 58. Olivia Warpinski 22.03.

Boys individual results: 5. Lucas LaCrosse 17.32, 14. Jake Hucke 18.15, 28. Devin Christenson 18.50, 42. Mack Carstens 19.55, 55. Lucas Lambrecht 21.24, 58. Brandon Posewitz 21.36, 61. Nick St. Onge 22.55, 63. Mitchell Lambrecht 23.00.

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