The Lakeland cross country teams had their eye on state when they went back to Edgewater Country Club in Tomahawk Saturday.
The girls finished third and missed out on state as a team by four points. Tomahawk finished first with 60 points and Freedom finished second with 61, both qualifying for state as a team.
The boys finished fourth. Freedom finished first with 43 points and New London finished second with 75 points, both qualifying for state as a team.
Even though the Lakeland teams could not go to state, several individuals qualified for state for the girls. The top five fastest times that are not on qualifying teams for state, qualify as an individual.
“If you can’t go as a team, getting three advances is very exciting,” explained assistant coach Maureen “Gordy”?Drewsen. “Those three have been the heart of the team all year so it’s nice they get to advance.”
Ashley Peterson finished as the top runner for Lakeland, finishing third with a time of 19:47.3, qualifying her for state individually.
Aubrey Anderson finished fifth with a time of 19:52.8, qualifying for state individually.
“I’d say it’s really exciting because these last three years we’ve made it to state as a team so we were really hoping to make it to state as a team, but I’m so happy that I was able to make it as an individual,” Anderson said.
Kate Melms finished sixth with a time of 19:53.2. She too, qualified for state as an individual.
“I’m really excited to go to state because I worked hard all season, and all the work has finally paid off and a couple of other girls made it to state,” Melms said.
Mia Case finished 24th with a time of 21:23.1.
Kate Tharman finished 27th with a time of 21:29.7.
Kate Vizanko finished 32nd with a time of 21:48.7. Kristyn Dallman finished 44th with a time of 22:27.7.
The difference between first and third as a team came in two different spots. Tomahawk’s Haley Voermans-Dean finished second, one spot ahead of Peterson. Also, Tomahawk’s Emily Lacina finished fourth, one spot ahead of Anderson.
“I think they all ran really good today, but it just wasn’t enough,” Drewsen said.
“I think fourth place is a good showing,” Drewsen said. “We’re still kind of rebuilding, they’ve made a lot of progress this year. I’m happy with fourth place.”
Casey Van Hefty finished as Lakeland’s top runner, running a time of 17:21.3, good for 21st.
Victor Masayesva finished 22nd with a time of 17:25.7.
Tyler Teichmiller finished 23rd with a time of 17:27.1.
Scott Balas finished 40th with a time of 17:57.3.
Jake Van Hefty finished 43rd with a time of 18:01.4.
Alec Steinberger finished 51st with a time of 18:20.0. Brady Edwards finished 70th with a time of 19:07.9.
Up next, Peterson, Anderson and Melms compete at the 2019 State Cross Country Championships Saturday, November 2 at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
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