The Rhinelander High School cross country team competed in the Charger Invite on Tuesday afternoon in Wittenberg. After nearly an hour delay waiting out a thunderstorm, the teams were able to get on the course. Rhinelander girls finished in fifth place and the boys placed sixth in the 12-team race.
The Hodags finished in the middle of the pack as a team but had several harriers medal by taking top-30 on the evening. Senior Bridger Flory and sophomore Jacob Weddle medaled for the RHS boys and sophomores Abbie Henrichs and Alison DeNamur medaled for the RHS girls.
Flory would record the best individual finish for Rhinelander and finished third overall with a time of 18 minutes, 33.28 seconds. Senior Adam Rzentkowski of Rosholt finished first in the boys race with a time of 17:48.58.
Rhinelander's second-best boys finisher was Weddle, who earned 23rd overall at 20:45.75. Junior Daniel Ritchie competed in his first race for the Hodags this season and placed 40th (21:49.66). Ritchie is a two-fall sport athlete and plays boys' soccer as well.
Junior Levi Smith charted 47th place at 22:07.68. And a pair of freshmen rounded out the Hodag varsity lineup; Jaden Beske (51st; 22:21.47) and Cal Laggis (52nd; 22:42.58).
On the girls' side of action, Henrichs and DeNamur made the final two qualifying positions to medal. Henrichs placed 29th at 25:18.78. And DeNamur finished 30th with a time of 25:28.82.
Overall the RHS girls finished in a pack on the evening. After Henrichs/DeNamur, freshman Sage Flory finished 34th (25:58.91) and freshman Emma Germain placed 37th (26:07.62). Freshman Audrey Schiek (40th; 26:21.06), junior Jenna Younker (48th; 27:06.86), and freshman Liana Teter (52nd; 27:25.73) rounded out the varsity lineup for the Rhinelander girls.
Rhinelander picked up an extra race this Tuesday at Stratford in place of their Invite at Mosinee at the end of August which was cancelled. And the Hodags will finish the week on Saturday at an invitational at Tribute Golf Course in Wausau.