Big time races don’t come around too often. When they do, you want to give it everything you have, leaving it all on the course. And that’s exactly what a trio of Lakeland girls did.
Ashley Peterson, Aubrey Anderson and Kate Melms put up good times as they participated in the WIAA Division Two Cross Country State Championships on Saturday afternoon.
“This is what it’s all about,” coach Dan Claussen said.
The state meet took place at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Peterson finished 15th with a time of 19:34.5. Peterson hung around in the top 15 throughout the whole race and put herself in a great position to finish strong.
“Ashley followed her race plan to a T. We told her you want to be in the top 15 at the mile mark, I believe she was 11th,” Claussen said. “We want to be in position to be in the top 10. At the end of the race she was there.”
Anderson finished 31st with a time of 20:09.4. Some of Anderson’s best races have come when she has stuck with Melms, but Anderson found her competitiveness and took off in the middle of the race.
“Nothing surprises me about Aubrey. She is such a competitor,” Claussen said. “I think that’s her best race that I’ve seen her run in cross country in two years. That’s a great way to end your career.”
Melms finished 64th with a time of 20:45.8. Melms’ game plan was to stick with Anderson. Once Anderson pulled away, Melms continued to be the great runner she is.
“Kate was steady. The neat thing about Kate is she’s solid. You know exactly what you’re going to get out of her every meet,” Claussen said. “She’s solid and you need that when you put together a team so it’s kind of cool.”
No matter where the race was or who was competing, these three girls showed that they are some of the best cross country runners in the state of Wisconsin. It’s a memory that will last a lifetime.
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