Tirion Radtke, middle, is surrounded by supporters in Wisconsin Rapids. Pictured are, from left, Randy Radtke, Mark Schmidt, Sheri Schmidt, Carter Schmidt, Kate Brooks, assistant coach Johnny Brewer, Daniel Mader, Ryan Brewer, Radtke, head coach Chris Gatzke, Emily Cramer, Kyle Burlingame, Ashlyn Gurkowski, Laurie Badtke, Kasie Badtke and Sarah Badtke.
Tirion Radtke, middle, is surrounded by supporters in Wisconsin Rapids. Pictured are, from left, Randy Radtke, Mark Schmidt, Sheri Schmidt, Carter Schmidt, Kate Brooks, assistant coach Johnny Brewer, Daniel Mader, Ryan Brewer, Radtke, head coach Chris Gatzke, Emily Cramer, Kyle Burlingame, Ashlyn Gurkowski, Laurie Badtke, Kasie Badtke and Sarah Badtke.

   Tirion Radtke isn’t used to running in a large pack of runners.

   In most meets, the Ripon High School sophomore breaks away from the majority of the field within the first 800 meters of a race.

   So when she found herself surrounded by competitors at the state cross country meet last week Saturday afternoon, it was a different experience.

   Despite that, Radtke gave it her all as she finished 115th out of 152 Division 2 runners at the meet, which took place at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

   She crossed the finish line with a time of 21 minutes, 44.3 seconds.

   Radtke was the first Ripon Tiger girl to compete in the meet since Katelin Cunningham in 2012, when the race’s distance was 4k. It was changed to 5k in May 2014.

Read the full story, which includes information on her splits, in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.