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NGM Cross Country: Birds Remain in the Bush


October 4, 2018

Photo courtesy of Steve Wehrley

NGM CC Boys (and Dayna) with Trophy from Plattteville Invite From left: Joe Quaglia, Ty Ready, Conor McCoy, Adam Nelson, Dayna Karls, Rudy Wicker, Evan Guenther, and Garrett Grossen.

We just want to beat the State's Number One Team in Division Three: Darlington. The Redbird strength relies on their Payton H. (16:22) who runs a minute ahead of our New Glarus-Monticello number one athlete, Adam Nelson (17:31). Our power depends on seven running close together and ahead of enough athletes to push the other cross country teams down in the standings.

Darlington's Tucker L. (17:12) travels ahead of our number two, Conor McCoy (17:52) by forty seconds. Can we make-up this deficit? Their Trae S. (17:51) is almost defeated by our Rudy Wicker (17:53) who is immediately followed by teammates Evan Guenther (18:00) and Joe Quaglia (18:03). We've got our scoring five across the line. What about their fifth? As we turn to look, Darlington's Bailey S. (18:21) slips through with NGM's Ty Ready (18:21) and Garrett Grossen (18:23) on his heels. Even though the scoring is based on the finishing positions of the first five runners, when the sixth and seventh runners finish ahead of another team's fifth runner they move that competitor down in the standings. Today that didn't happen. Total score Darlington Redbirds 44, New Glarus-Monticello 52. Good news, NGM defeated eight other teams in this ten school race and we raced closer to D then in the past. Bad news, we won't get another chance to challenge them this year.

Conditions at Platteville remain ideal for fast running: cool, calm and dry. Junior Varsity boys look to take advantage of this flat, fast course. Logan Blum (19:24), Dane Duerst (19:26), Beckett Malaise (19:45) and Ben Lukszys (19:58) joyfully break the proverbial 20-minute sound barrier. Almost cracking Mach One: Griffin Ness (20:01) and Braylon Hoesly (20:13). Running PRs (personal bests): Aiden Runkle (21:06), Bryce Stampfli (21:46), Ryan Austin (22:11), Triston Koch (23:50), Eric Zielinski (24:01) and Will Carnes (25:30). Youngsters place the NGM JV team 7th out of 13 schools.

Girls look to fight two tough foes: cold viruses and injuries. Dayna Karls (22:31) always runs with the other team's leading runners, and today is no exception. Annie Fuller (23:25) remains less than one minute behind with Emily Streiff (25:03) and Alexa Thayer (25:08) running together. Libbie Melvin (26:33) holds down the fifth and last scoring position while Dylan Noll (27:17) passes several at the finish by using her exciting sprinting ability. Brooke Dreyfus (29:48) Pulls-Out-the-Stops to Stop-the-Clock. Despite the sneezing and limping, all the gals set best times of the season.

Saturday, October 6th, the team visits Albany at the Baertschi Farm for a tune-up before the Capitol Cross Country Championship on October 13th, at the Edelweiss Chalet Country Club.


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