The Mukwonago boys cross-country team placed fourth at the Classic 8 Conference championship at Lake Denoon Middle School in Muskego on Oct. 15. The squad's fastest runner was Ian Nadolski, who finished second with a time of 16 minutes, 8.90.
Luke Boyle was 13th (16:55.23), Brad Roehl took 16th (17:04.62), Sean Stokhaug placed 34th (17:54.47), and Brandon Harrison came in 36th (17:57.73).
"I simply cannot say enough about how mature a runner Ian Nadolski has become," boys coach Matt Scherbarth said. "We went into the race with a firm plan for him to race his race and make the first mile not count to avoid getting pulled out too fast by the front runners. When he shot me a sly grin at the 1K mark, I knew that he was having the race he wanted. Luke Boyle showed that he is clearly back with his 13th place-finish, and Brad Roehl notched another PR right behind him. With these three, we have a legitimate shot at individual qualifiers next weekend at sectionals. More importantly, all of our top five were under 18 minutes, with our sixth and seventh runners just outside of the mark. For a young team, I couldn't be more encouraged and we should be positioned to make some noise as a team as well this weekend."
It was also a special weekend because of the presence of former state champions.
"We had the distinct pleasure of hosting members of the 1964, '65 and '66 cross-country teams, who were honored at halftime of Friday's (football) game in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their state championship ('64 state champs, '65 runnerup and '66 state champs). The veterans shared a wealth of knowledge and experience with the guys, and it is clear that they benefited from the inspiration."
The Mukwonago girls were sixth. Kaylee Beyer was 21st (20:12.87), Julia Morelli finished 36th (21:20.23), Chloe Beyer placed 38th (21:25.48), Kelsey Hickok took 39th (21:29.32) and Kaylin Videkovich came in 42nd (21:37.92).
"I was happy with the way the girls raced and especially those girls who stepped it up to try and compensate for some injuries we have in our top performers that affected their ability to place the way they normally would have," girls coach Paige Patenaude said. "It can be very disheartening to compete in a conference where the top-four teams will likely be qualifying for the state championships in their sectionals (Arrowhead, West, Muskego and Kettle Moraine). That lineup of teams along with the fact that our No. 1 and No. 4 runners are badly injured right now was a tough way to head into the Classic 8. But the girls didn't use it as an excuse and they got out there to compete. It is hard when, due to injury, you have a girl (Kaylee Beyer) who would usually be in the top five runners of the race back in the 20s and our No. 4 runner quite far back, as well. That adds all those points to your team score and as a result moves us back in team standings much further than we would have been were we healthy."
Kaylee Beyer has been competing with a leg injury that worsens later in races, which caused the sophomore to be more aggressive in the first mile.
"It has been hard for her battling through this injury the majority of this season, but she knows that resting it at this point is just not an option, and since she cannot do further damage to it by running on it, we just have to push through the remainder of the season," Patenaude said. "Also injured is Lauren Hagenbeck, who has a back injury that was very evident in miles two and three, but again, requires rest, a luxury we don't have right now. Kelsey Hickok, Julia Morelli and Chloe Beyer did an incredible job this week of attempting to make up for the points lost by the team's injuries. Kelsey and Julia, especially, ran side by side and had an incredible third mile. I know on a healthy week the results would have been much different but we have to work in the context we are in and in this situation I am very proud of the heart and commitment these girls showed."