Division 3 Cross Country State Championship Preview

West Salem (OnFocus) – The WIAA Division 3 State Cross Country Meet will be held at      in West Salem, and there will be teams and individuals from the area competing.

Division 2 Race Information

Session B

12:30 p.m. – Girls Race

1:10 p.m. – Boys Race



  1. Julianna Thurs (Marathon)



  • Jordyn Karl
  • Mckenna Zieher
  • Erricka Zenner
  • Autumn Richardson
  • Lily Kloos
  • Victoria Hasenohrl
  • Annalise Jewell

NOMINATE an area athlete or team each week for Athlete of the Week, Team of the Week


  • Ainara Sainz De Rozas
  • Cristin Casey
  • Grace Dolan
  • Clara Kubis
  • Maddie Meinel
  • Grace Hoffman
  • Sam Nelson 



  • Andrew Scheer (Columbus Catholic)
  • Nathan Kropidlowski
  • Carl Lundgren (Auburndale)



  • Gabe Hoerter
  • Adam Eiden
  • Sam Grywacz
  • Isaac Kosobucki
  • Ben Haemmerle
  • Nolan Wojchik
  • San Carpenter

State Meet Preview (From the WIAA)

DIVISION 3 BOYS NOTES:  The reduced field of teams and competitors has only two teams that competed last season and six individuals returning to State this year with finishes in the top 20 last year. With Pacelli’s fifth-place finish last year, the Cardinals are the top returning qualifying team in the meet. They look to move up in the team standings with four returning runners that gained experience at State last year. McDonell Catholic returns four runners from a team that placed ninth last season,  Individually, sophomore Gabe Hoerter of Pacelli is the top returning performer after finishing sixth a year ago. Junior Parker Schneider of Durand is back to contend for the individual title after placing seventh in 2019 and 23rd in 2018. Senior Jarret Carpenter of Cashton hopes to continue his career progression to run among the leaders this year after finishing ninth last year and 16th in 2018. Other finishers in the top 20 last year looking to be among the frontrunners this week are senior Nick Connolly of Iowa-Grant, who was 14th; junior Dan Anderson of McDonell Catholic, who was 15th; and senior Owen Jones of New Lisbon, who placed 18th.


DIVISION 3 GIRLS NOTES:  The reduced field of teams and competitors has seven teams that competed last season and nine individuals returning to State this year after finishes in the top 20 last year. Gillett is the top returning team from last year’s meet, capturing the silver trophy. The Tigers return five runners in their quest for the State title. Auburndale also appears poised for a run at the team title with five returning runners back from the team that placed third a year ago and was runner-up in 2018. Lancaster is also expected to be in the mix for the title. The Arrows have six returning runners from the squad that placed fifth last season, including two individuals that placed in the top 20. Ozaukee returns four runners following its seventh-place standing in 2019, as does Durand after finishing eighth. The remaining two teams that also qualified last year are Cameron and Catholic Central, who finished 14th and 15th, respectively. Both those squads appear to be loaded to improve this year with each returning six of the seven runners that ran in last year’s State meet. Junior Abby Bartel of Weyauwega-Fremont is back to defend the individual title she won last season. In addition she ran to an 11th-place finish as a freshman in 2018. Sophomore Molly Heidorn of Colfax placed fifth last year, and junior Anelise Egge of Kickapoo/La Farge was sixth last season to improve on her eighth-place finish in 2018. Junior Lana Blumer of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser placed eighth in 2019, and senior teammate Natalie Poppe finished 15th. Junior Bridee Burks of Lancaster finished just out of the top 10 last year at 11th, and senior teammate Kristin Muench placed 18th. Sophomore Claudia Lasiowski of Chequamegon finished 14th last season; and junior Madison Sand of Durand seeks to return to the success she experienced in 2018 with a third-place finish. She fell to 16th last year. Two seniors also look to return to past form. Sylvia Hansen of Gillett attempts to return to title contention after racing to a third-place finish in 2017, and senior Helen Carstens of North Crawford was 47th last year after placing sixth in 2018 and 12th in 2017. Senior Bella Simmons of Glenwood City rounds out the group finishing within the top 20 last season, placing 19th.

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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]