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NGM Cross Country Wins Capitol Conference Championship


October 21, 2021

Photo courtesy of Karen Guenther

NGM CC Varsity Boys flash smiles after winning the Capitol Conference South. From left: Linden Lounsbury, Braylon Hoesly, Evan Guenther (not smiling), Tom Nelson, Ian Schwartzlow, Brayden Ryan, Grayson Rodefeld.

Big City Folk attend the theatre, visit museums and walk through the zoo whenever they wish, but one thing they never get to do is ride the fire trucks after winning the conference meet. You need to live in New Glarus or Monticello, where the volunteer firefighters take as much pride in their schools and community as they do in their ability to protect us from calamity. Saturday, the cross country boys and girls enjoyed driving through both towns with sirens blaring after finishing on top of the Capitol Conference South.

The varsity boys line-up on grass still wet with dew for the first race of the morning. Twelve teams make-up the Capitol Conference, with sixth in both the North and South. Our closest competitor will be Deerfield/Cambridge. We defeated them by one point in our last conference championship and they look to return the "favor". As expected, Belleville's Carter Scholey (16:48) takes the lead and runs unchallenged as conference champ. D/C's top two guys go out fast with our Tom Nelson (17:27) and Evan Guenther (18:04) close behind. The New Glarus-Monticello strategy is to run at an even pace even if it looks as if others are breaking away. Usually the rabbits slow down and the wily (foxes) pass them in the last mile. Sure enough, Tom and Evan finish #2 and #3 with Braylon Hoesly (18:15) in 8th, Ian Schwartzlow (18:38) and Brayden Ryan (18:45) in 11th and 12th, then Grayson Rodefeld (19:05) and Linden Lounsbury (19:31) holding the 14th and 18th positions. Final score: NGM 36, D/C 63, B 72 with Marshall, Waterloo and Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld as the final three.

The New Glarus-Monticello gals appear at the starting line ready to run while other teams stand around watching the boys race. The extra warm-up works to our ladies' advantage as Dayna Karls (21:15) finishes in 2nd with Annika Ziperski (21:34), Lily Maynard (21:40), Melanie Fink (21:58), Emma Martinson (22:15), Lucy Melvin (22:23) and Cam Arnett (22:40) going 4, 5, 8, 9, 11 and 12 to score a winning 28 to Deerfield/Cambridge's 58, Wis. Heights' 67, B'ville's 113, Waterloo and Marshall's 160s.

Junior Varsity boys make score keeping easy as the top six guys in the Capitol South are New Glarus-Monticello's Tanner Gardner (19:52), Beckett Malaise (20:18), Ben Collins (20:52), Aiden Runkle (21:07), Owen Runkle (21:13) and Collin Blum (21:31). Our back-up runners become Iain Vinson (22:52), Ray Valentine (25:01) and Landon Schneeberg (28:21). Fifteen points is the lowest score possible in cross country and they've earned it.

Photo courtesy of Karen Guenther

NGM CC Varsity Girls (who already slipped a team picture into the trophy) from L to R: Annika Ziperski, Melanie Fink, Dayna Karls, Lucy Melvin, Emma Martinson, Camryn Arnett. Not available, Lily Maynard.

The JV girls take up the challenge poised by the guys and do two better to take the top eight spots. Ruthie Zuber (22:58) 1st, Anya Brenkman (23:21) 2nd, Tenley Faber (23:29) 3rd, Ruth Marty (23:58) 4th, Whitney Disch (24:23)5th, Eve MacLean (24:44) 6th, Ella Skidmore (25:21) 7th, Steffi Dopp (26:42) 8th. They are backed-up by Devi Duerst (28:20) in 11th, Alaina Smith (28:20) 13th, Abi Burk (29:40) 14th, Elena Marunde (32:57) 15th and Amalia Morrison (33:46) 17th. The first five runners determine a cross country team's score and the girls total a perfect fifteen.

Next Saturday the Varsity teams compete at Sectionals on the rolling Prairie du Chien Country Club course. It appears to be a beautiful layout for spectators and a challenging one for runners. The top two teams qualify for the state meet, but Dodgeville/Mineral Point, Mount Horeb, Lodi, Monroe, McFarland, Edgewood and eight others will be competing with us for those spots. Hundreds of years ago people from native tribes put aside their weapons to trade peacefully at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. Our Saturday races will be anything but peaceful.


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