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Craig girls 10th, boys 18th at state meet

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Mark Massoglia
October 27, 2007
— It wasn’t the best of days for the Janesville Craig boys and girls cross country teams, but the Cougars still headed home with a good feeling.

Craig High’s girls placed 10th with 269 points, while the boys were 18th with a score of 407 in the Division 1 competition of the WIAA state meet Saturday at The Ridges Golf Club,.


“It’s just an honor to be here and have our kids compete with such great athletes,” Craig co-coach Brian Lawton said. “Both teams have had better days, but this is where you want to end your season—at the state meet.”


For the past seven years, the Craig girls have ended it at The Ridges, which was hosting the event for the 20th year.


Craig junior Cassidi Running was excited to be competing in her first state meet.


“I was hurt last year, so this has been an amazing experience,” Running said.


“I thought we stayed together well, but it wasn’t our best day.


“We gave it our all, and that’s all you can do.”


Running was the Cougars’ third runner in the meet, placing 58th overall in a time of 15 minutes, 53 seconds.


Molly Gilmore paced the Cougars by finishing 43rd (15:44), followed by Rachel Gilmore, 51st (15:49); Regina Griffith, 73rd (16:00); and Kaitlin Erdmann, 156th (16:54), to round out the scoring runners.


“It was an excellent season for us,” Running said. “There’s no better place to end the season than at state.”


The Craig boys, who were making their third straight appearance, were led by Ryan Ahrens, who placed 54th in 17:03.


Rounding out the scoring runners were Garrick Jannene, who placed 113th (17:34); Matt McDonald, 115th place (17:36); A.J. Evert, 152nd (17:56); and Sully Hrycay, 168th (18:12).


“I’m proud that both teams got back down here,” Lawton said.



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