Running toward the front of the pack for Ripon are, from left, Riley Brooks, Nic Stenholt, James Stanfield and Ethan Kovalaske.
Running toward the front of the pack for Ripon are, from left, Riley Brooks, Nic Stenholt, James Stanfield and Ethan Kovalaske.

   The Ripon High School Tiger cross country teams stuck together to bring home titles at the Oshkosh Valley Christian Warrior Invitational last week Thursday.

   The girls finished with 39 points, which was 13 points better than runner-up Laconia. The boys, meanwhile, ended with 46 points, and were 11 points clear of second-place Campbellsport.

   There were six teams in attendance at the meet, which took place on the grounds of EAA in Oshkosh. Joining Ripon, Laconia and Campbellsport were Princeton/Green Lake, Wayland Academy and host Valley Christian.

   “I was impressed most by the pack running, particularly on the girls’ side,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said.
Behind Julia Long, who won the girls’ race with a time of 20 minutes, 56.22 seconds, Ripon’s second through seventh runners finished between seventh and 15th place. They also were separated by just 1 minute, 16 seconds.

   Jasmine Moldenhauer led that tight pack for the Tigers with a seventh-place time of 23:26. 

   The junior was followed by Emily Cramer (10th, 23:59), Anya Duffy (12th, 24:17), Madalyn Leinweber (13th, 24:22), McKenzie Nodolf (14th, 24:33) and Lucy Beuthin (15th 24:42).

Read the full story, which includes results for the boys, in the Sept. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.