Sippy, Cougars beat the heat at Midwest Invite

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John Barry
Saturday, September 23, 2017

JANESVILLE--Peyton Sippy and her Janesville Craig teammates made it look easy Saturday despite the sweltering heat at the Midwest Invitational.

Sippy tamed the 5,000-meter Blackhawk course in 18:21 to win the girls race and lead the Cougars to the team title at the 80th running of the nation's oldest interstate high school cross country meet.

Craig all but lapped the field with a total of 62 points. All five of Craig's runners finished in the top 25. Wisconsin Dells was a distant second with 162.

Big Eight powerhouse Madison La Follette won the boys team title, while Mequon Homestead's Drew Bosley was the individual winner in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:11.

Sippy stayed with the lead pack until making her move over the last 800 meters. Defending champion Laura Beghin of Wisconsin Dells was second in 18:37.

“Right around the two-mile mark it felt like we were running in a desert,” Sippy said. “But because we train so hard to run in any kind of conditions, we feel as a team that we're prepared for anything.

“For me personally, I hadn't really gone out hard to start a race all season. Today, I was determined that it was time for me to go out hard and push the pace and that's what I did.”

Sippy became the first Craig female runner to win the Midwest title since Rebecca Bea in 1993, but she's not the first Sippy to win a title. Her grandfather, Steve Sippy, won the race in 1958 competing for Milwaukee Pulaski. The team title for Craig was the first since 1993.

Sippy, a senior, had plenty of help from her sophomore teammates. Ivy White and Ellie Lorenz, both sophomores, finished eighth and 10th, respectively. Sophomore Madalyn Arrowood was 18th and sophomore Gabriella Petruzzello was 25th.

Craig co-head coach Brian Lawton said he was impressed with his team's victory in the emotionally and physically draining conditions.

“What an amazing performance by those girls,” Lawton said. “They never seem to disappoint.

“To have our top five finish in the top 25 in a meet like this with so many outstanding runners is impressive.”

Janesville Parker's Catie Gage finished ninth.

Bosley breezed to the win in the boys race. The junior took control about midway through the race and was never threatened. He finished five seconds ahead of Neenah's Matt Meinke and didn't seem to be as affected by the heat as most runners.

“The key for me today was focusing on the ground or the guy in font of me. Anything to take my mind off the heat,” Bosley said. “I wasn't worried so much about my time. All I cared about was winning today.”

Aaron Leverson finished 34th to lead the Craig boys to an 11-place finish.

Midwest Invitational


Madison La Follette 108, Arrowhead 171, Sun Prairie 172, Green Bay Preble 177, Kimberly 203, Neenah 207, South Milwaukee 238, Lake Geneva Badger 266, Mequon Homestead 275, Monona Grove 275, Janesville Craig 320, Oconomowoc 361, Madison Memorial 368, Houston MacArthur 391, Darlington 404, La Crosse Logan 437, Madison West 465, Luther 486, Monroe 487, Beaver Dam 590, Waunakee 631, Platteville 641, DeForest 641, Elkhorn 668, Warren Township 675, East Troy 690, Stoughton 748, Middleton 756, Westby 764, Mount Horeb 769, Wisconsin Dells 795, Whitewater 846, Beloit Memorial 856, Oregon 958, Janesville Parker 974, Whitnall 980, Rockford Guilford 1000, Beloit Turner 1095, Milton 1102, Belleville 1171.


(5,000 meters)

1. Drew Bosley (Homestead), 15:11; 2. Matt Meinke (Neenah), 15:16; 3. David Vannucchi (Luther), 15:51; 4. Anzel Fellman (Bradford), 15:54; 5. Jordan Janusiak (South Milwaukee), 15:55.


Badger (266)—12. Gustavo Gordillo, 16:26; 32. Logan Koehling, 17:00; 61. Brandon Hirschmann, 17:35; 67. Juan Nova, 17:38; 94. Kaleb Opsal, 18:03.

Craig (320)—34. Aaron Leverson, 17:02; 64. Zander Arena, 17:37; 69. Tyler Brown, 17:39; 76. Ethan Thompson, 17:43; 77. Corbin Kettle, 17:45.

Elkhorn (668)—85. Derek Davey, 17:56.

Whitewater (846)—91. Jacob Korf, 17:58.

Parker (974)—142. Peyton Meyer, 18:43181. Scott Hartwig, 19:21; 186. Riley McDade, 19:26; 227. Nathan Warda, 20:45; 238. Jordan Buck, 21:09.

Turner (1095)—192. William Neupert, 19:36.

Milton (1102)—157. Davis Turk, 18:53.


Janesville Craig 62, Wisconsin Dells 162, Arrowhead 165, Stoughton 215, Oconomowoc 232, Madison West 263, East Troy 284, Waunakee 290, Kimberly 303, SUn Prairie 305, Madison Memorial 351, Warren Township 352, Beaver Dam 366, Neenah 379, Westby 404, Madison La Follette 449, Middleton 463, Monona Grove 468, Lake Geneva Badger 481, Homestead 502, Darlington 512, La Crosse Logan 547, Janesville Parker 552, Oregon 587, South Milwaukee 624, Kenosha Bradford 659, DeForest 691, Whitnall 708, Monroe 806, Mount Horeb 808, Platteville 852, Milton 871, Luther 877, Rockford Guilford 925, Beloit Turner 987, Belleville 1095.


(5,000 meters)

1. Peyton Sippy (Craig), 18:21; 2. Laura Beghin (Wisconsin Dells), 18:37; 3. Erin Sorg (Delavan-Darien), 19:12; 4. Regan Hoopes (Waunakee), 19:16; 5. Olivia Eisch (Kimberly), 19:20.


Craig (62)—8. Ivy White, 19:51; 10. Ellie Lorenz, 19:57; 18. Madalyn Arrowood, 20:15; 25. Gabriella Petruzzello, 20:18.

Badger (481)—67. Ava Trent, 21:32; 71. Olivia Deering, 21:34; 75. Maureen Clifford, 21:39.

Parker (552)—9. Catie Gage, 19:53; 87. Brooke Graesslin, 21:56; 110. Alexis Fenrick, 22:16; 167. Brooke Schroeder, 23:38; 175. Lexie Schroeder, 23:53.

Milton (871)—39. Lauren Talabac, 20:32.

Turner (987)—180. Kyra Puleo, 23:57.

Last updated: 11:32 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017

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