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"The rain's been coming down," - Creedence Clearwater Revival


October 10, 2019

Photo courtesy of Steve Wehrley

Mud-covered New Glarus-Monticello Varsity Cross Country Boys wait to hear final scores at Platteville.

All foot races start with a flash and bang, but end with a flash and bang? It's 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The skies open and while the speakers play "Who'll Stop the Rain?" a hundred junior varsity boys warm-up in showers and ankle deep mud. They laugh, they splash but they are serious. New Glarus-Monticello CC boys believe winning this big Platteville meet is within their ability. The top JV's desire a spot on varsity. The countdown, the gun and a two hundred dirty legs sprint off the line. Simon Blohowiak, Logan Blum, Garrett Grossen, Brayden Ryan, Jude Rice, Griffin Ness and Desi Delforge splotch past mile one under 6 minutes. They lead the rest of our large JV team. Flash!...Bang! Everything changes. "Run for the finish-line!" cry the officials. At full speed boys cross what once was a clean white line and keep sprinting for the safety of the school buses. Discharging atmosphere volts might be the ultimate running motivator!

First race of the day started at 8:00 a.m. under gray skies, but not atmospheric moisture. Lily Maynard (10:10), Lucy Melvin (10:54), Ruthie Zuber (11:16), Sophie Stecha (11:50), June Lounsbury (12:33), Camryn Arnett (12:36), Carlee Rodebaugh (12:37), Ella Skidmore (13:01), Elena Mondloch (14:26) and Devi Duerst (15:30) represent our Middle School Girls team, and they place 5th of 12 MS girls teams. While they attack the breakfast snacks the middle school boys line-up.

Breckyn Thompson (9:05) places 5th overall with Owen Runkle (9:53), Grayson Rodefield (11:20) and Dylan Baker (11:38) representing our middle school boys today. In the 1.5 mile race they perform well, but without a fifth member today they do not score as a team.

Girls Varsity approaches the starting line gingerly and tentatively. It's underwater. Without hesitation, Dylan Noll walks into the swamp and laughs. Seconds later the team follows with smiles. Their enthusiasm for the boggy ground continues into the race. Once again Annika Ziperski (22:10) runs ahead with Tenley Faber (22:35) close behind. Dayna Karls (23:00) and Molly Molencamp (23:01) splash through the marsh with fastest times of the season. Whitney Disch (23:24) sprints in, Alexa Thayer (27:00) holds down the sixth, and tie-breaker, spot, followed by Dylan Noll (30:12). Girls end 10th and ahead of Brodhead/Juda, Monroe, River Valley among others.

Of the 28 teams, nine belong to our upcoming sectional. State rankings, confidence and pride influence this race. At the first mile and still at the second we see varsity NGM boys running with the leaders. After 5 kilometers this is the finish line spread: Monroe, Mt. Horeb, Evan Guenther (17:38), Joe Quaglia (17:44), Adam Nelson (17:47), then Monroe, Mt. Horeb, Monroe, Mt. Horeb, Monroe, Mt. Horeb, Braylon Hoesly (18:04), Conor McCoy (18:08), Ty Ready (18:08), Monroe, Monroe, Mt. Horeb, Monroe, Tom Nelson (18:39), Mt. Horeb, Mt. Horeb. These positions, mixed with 156 guys, confuse even the mathematically brilliant. Final score: Sauk Prairie (Division 1 School) 65 points. New Glarus-Monticello (103 points). We finish second overall but only 4 points ahead of Monroe and 16 points in front of Mt. Horeb. We're proud to be Runner-Up, but 4 points and 16 points at this point in the season just means we must stay motivated to train harder than our neighbors to the north and the south.


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