The Norse boys and girls cross country athletes participated at Marshall on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and UW Parkside on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Dana Wadell Invite
A late taste of summer was in the air (88 degrees) when Westby athletes traveled to Marshall on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Head Coach Brian Huebner said the heat was a shock to the system for runners.
Abbey Wedwick became Westby’s fastest 5K runner at the Dana Waddell finishing with a time of 19:42, which was eight seconds faster than teammate Elena Schmidt’s time from 2015.
Hayden Fredrickson was the fastest boy runner finishing with a time of 16:09, slightly faster than his brother, Spencer Oftedahl’s 2015 race time of 16:31.
Huebner said Westby is always honored to participate in the Marshall Invitational. The meet is ran in honor of the young lady Dana Waddell who passed away in 2002. Dana’s parents continue to help put on the race in their daughter’s memory.
“It is an honor to have gotten to know the family and race in their daughter’s honor,” Huebner said.
Girls varsity runners finished fourth, but considerably closer to second place Wisconsin Dells (18 point spread compared to 30-40 at previous events). Dodgeland won the meet with 76; Wisconsin Dells 81; Lake Mills 88; and Westby 99. Laura Beghin (Dells) won individually with a time of 18:07.
Leading the way for Westby: 5, Abbey Wedwick 19:42; 17, Julianne Call 20:25; 20, Sydney Sherry 20:55; 26, Justice Franks 21:14; 31, Elena Schmidt 22:09; 36, Erinn Sebon 22:25; 40, Lexi Crume 22:49.
JV girls were dominant winning the event in impressive fashion with four runners in the top 10 and nine runners in the top 20. Valeria Nussbaumer won the event with a time of 22:18 as she continues to fight for the seventh varsity spot. Abbie Larrington finished fourth; Ellan Johnson fifth; and Liza Jackson seventh. Grace Hebel rounded out the top five for Westby followed by Kelsie Helgerson, Annika Seland, Sarah Weninger and Ali Weninger.
Westby’s Fredrickson won the individual title with a time of 16:09. It was his third individual title in a seven day period.
As a team Westby wasn’t as strong finishing in eighth place, while Darlington won on the boys side. Individually for Westby boys: 1, Fredrickson 16:09; 23, Kade Sherry 18:15; 36, John Lucas 19:15; 54, Derek Helgeson 20:05; 61, Griffin Grass 20:23; 63; Evan Phillips 20:23; 65, Roman Hebel 20:38
Kin Hamilton placed seventh in the JV race with a time of 20:20. He was followed by Haakon Mathison and Kooper Lipski who both finished in the top 15.
Westby took its top seven runners for boys and girls to the UW-Parkside Invitational. Huebner said he was impressed by everyone who returned from 2016 to race in 2017, with every runner who competed last year showing improved times on the course.
Westby girls who traveled to the meet were Abbey Wedwick, Sydney Sherry, Julianne Call, Erinn Sebion, Lexi Crume, Justice Franks, Valeria Nussbaumer and Sierra Cade.
In Division 2: 2, Sherry 21:04; 3, Wedwick 21:05; 4, Call 21:06; 8, Crume 22:23; 9, Franks 22:23; 10, Sebion 22:24; 14, Nussbaumer 22:40.
Multiple races and warmer than normal temperatures for September caught up with Fredrickson who was edged out of the top place in Division 2 by Stephen Lavey of Cedar Grove Belgium who won with a time of 16;24. Fredrickson placed second with a time of 16;39, well off his normal pace.
“Hayden experienced some issues with the heat on Thursday’s practice and it seemed to drain him a bit, but he appears to be in prime form at this point in the season,” Huebner said.
The remaining Westby runners participating included: 7, John Lucas 18:23; 11, Kade Sherry 18:57; 19, Kin Hamilton 20:05; 21, Derek Helgeson; 26, Griffin Grass 21:01.
When runners were finished with the race they enjoyed a dip in Lake Michigan before returning home.
Westby travels to Janesville on Saturday, Sept. 23.