lakeside lutheran runs to state title
A few minutes later, Schommer and the rest of the Warriors realized they had a run very good race. In fact, they captured their first-ever WIAA Division 2 girls state cross country title with 104 points here Saturday at the The Ridges Golf Club.
“This was the third time being here for most of us,” Schommer said. “All the girls ran well, and I’m so proud of them.”
Wisconsin Lutheran was just 10 points back while defending champion Dodgeville-Mineral Point placed third.
“This is so exciting,” said junior Sarah Leverence, who led the Warriors with a 28th-place finish. “I gave my all because this was our last race of the year, and I wanted to make the most of it and so did the other girls.”
Lakeside’s pack of Kristen Sukow, Alyssa Schumacher and Schommer was a big reason for the Warriors’ success. Sukow placed 41st, Schumacher 43rd and Schommer 45th.
“We’ve been running as a group all season, and it helps to run with your teammates,” Leverence said.
Libby Haasch placed 61st, Ellen Schwartz 62nd and Erin Leverence was 67th to round out all the Warrior runners. Schwartz is a sophomore from Janesville.
The area’s top individuals included Albany junior Jake Lincicum, who placed fourth in the boys Division 3 race with a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds, and Fort Atkinson junior Spencer Agnew, who was 15th in the Division 1 boys race in 16:29.
Lincicum was leading at the two-mile mark, but he got passed by three runners during the demanding third mile.
“The last hills got me, and I think I went out harder than I should have,” Lincicum said.
Agnew also was in a good position at the two-mile and then slipped back several places.
“I didn’t run the way I hoped to,” he said. “This is one of the toughest courses I’ve run. I haven’t run the way I want to here yet, but I have next year.”
Whitewater senior Sara Levine placed 19th in the Division 2 girls race, and the Whippet boys team finished eighth.
Brodhead-Juda freshman Shannon Klein placed 34th in Division 2, while fellow Beloit Turner freshman Jose Perez was 11th in the Division 2 boys race.