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Cross Country at the Lake Country Lutheran Cross Country Festival

The University School cross country team competed in the Lake Country Lutheran Cross Country Festival on Saturday, October 5th at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland. The USM boys team took 6th place in the meet.  The USM girls team did not have enough competitors to place in the meet.

George Graham led the USM runners in the boys’ race.  He finished 19th out of the 78 runners competing.  Graham completed the 5 kilometer distance with a time of 18:06.69.  Ryan Treptow was USM’s second finisher.  He ran the course in 18:16.08 to finish in 22nd place.  USM’s third finisher was Harrison Hartjes.  He took 31st place with a time of 19:10.75.  Hunter Kaufmann took 33rd place at 19:24.33, and Quinn Thompson finished in 41st place with a time of 19:53.42.

Only two Wildcats competed in the girls’ race. Lexi Keppler took 5th place out of the 48 individual girls running in the girls’ race.  Keppler finished with a time of 21:18.65.  Lucia Rondini placed 20th in the race with a time of 22:53.07.

Eric Pilling, USM’s head coach said, “We had a quick turnaround after the Mukwonago Invite. Lake Country hosts the Midwest Classic Conference Championship in two weeks, so we wanted to preview the course at the Lightning Invitational. With some runners resting and others going at a sub-maximal effort, we had some nice performances. Lexi and Lucia ran nice controlled races with strong finishes in 5th and 20th, respectively. For the boys, George and Ryan executed a similar approach and finished 19th and 22nd. We are definitely looking forward to returning and running "pedal to the metal" (as George Graham stated) and making a strong statement at the Conference Championship."

The Wildcats return to Lake Country Lutheran to compete in the Midwest Classic Conference meet on Saturday, October 19th beginning at 11:00 am.

Boys Team Results:

  1. Wisconsin Lutheran 21; 2. Menomonee Falls 37; 3. Ozaukee 96; 4. Waukesha South 102; 5. Lake Country Lutheran 119; 6. USM 146; 7. Palmyra-Eagle 215; 8. Milwaukee Hamilton 245; 9. Milwaukee Lutheran 270; 10. Heritage Christian 276; 1 University Lake School 293; 12. Martin Luther 311