The wind and snow did not stop the Lakeland cross country team from competing in the Hatchet Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Tomahawk.
“It’s a relatively fast course. Now we’ve had two meets in a row that have been relatively fast, otherwise the other courses have not been,” coach Dan Claussen said. “Especially now that sections are at Tomahawk, it gives us a good base to plan for sectionals in two weeks.”
Both the girls and boys finished in second place as a team. The girls finished second with 36 points and the boys finished second with 75 points.
The Thunderbirds finished just three points behind Tomahawk. The Hatchets placed four runners in the top 10.
“I think we’re at a point for the girls where they have a target on their back all the time where everyone wants to beat them. Last week we rose to the occasion, this week we let them slip by,” Claussen said.
Ashley Peterson finished in first place yet again with a time of 19:17.3. She continues to find that spark, meet after meet.
“Her end goals in November are extremely high,” Claussen said. “She knows to compete at that level she has to do well, run hard, train well. I think that end result is the inspiration that Ashley holds onto to motivate it.”
Kate Melms finished third with a time of 20:09.4.
Aubrey Anderson gave the Thunderbirds three runners in the top five. She finished fifth with a time of 20:15.2.
Kate Tharman finished 12th with a time of 21:07.5.
Rounding out Lakeland’s top five, Mia Case finished 15th overall with a time of 21:38.3.
Kristyn Dallman finished 20th with a time of 21:49.2 and Grace Kern finished 21st with a time of 21:50.3.
“Our goals are to win conference, qualify for state and that does not change,” Claussen said. “We’ll have to talk to the girls and make sure that they’re mentally and physically ready for the championship part of the year.”
“The boys are in flux. We’re not real deep,” Claussen said. “We didn’t run Casey, who’s our number two runner. But that being said, they didn’t respond real well. It’s the time of the year where you say ‘let’s go’ and they didn’t do that, so we’ll see what happens next week.”
Victor Masayesva continued to lead the Thunderbirds, taking second place overall with a time of 17:11.8.
“I think Victor ran awesome, that was a big PR for him,” Claussen said.
Scott Balas finished 11th with a time of 17:52.1.
Tyler Teichmiller returned to racing, finishing 12th with a time of 17:56.3.
“Tyler was awesome,” Claussen said. “Tyler for his first meet back was a PR for him.”
Jake Van Hefty finished 17th with a time of 18:17.2.
Rounding out Lakeland’s top five, Forrest Dorsey finished 33rd overall with a time of 19:00.7.
Brock Metzger finished 35th with a time of 19:06.8.
“At this point, it’s really up to them. Everyone’s in the same boat. Everybody’s saying the same thing,” Claussen said. “So they got to be ready to run their best race and not get caught up in running. They got to run with a purpose, stay with their teammates, stay with their race plans. And if they do, we’ll be in position to hopefully accomplish what we want to accomplish. “
Their next meet comes Saturday, Oct. 19 in the GNC meet at Antigo-Gartzke Flowage.
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