Both the Rhinelander High School girls and boys cross country teams' finished near the top of the field on Thursday when they competed at an invite in Waupaca. Both the girls and guys finished third overall in the 10-team invite where the Hodags earned four top-15 finishes on the evening.
Winneconne girls finished first as a team with 30 points followed by Fox Valley Lutheran with 73 points. RHS girls were third with 88 points and finished ahead of Amherst (106 points), Seymour (131 points), Peshtigo (132 points), Wrightstown (142 points), and Waupaca (220 points). On the boys side Winneconne also won with 71 points and Seymour edged Rhinelander by one point, finishing with 106 points. RHS finished ahead of Peshtigo (117 points), Fox Valley Lutheran (122 points), Waupaca (134 points), St. Mary Catholic (153 points), Iola-Scandinavia (176 points), Wrightstown (191 points), and Amherst (214 points).
Rhinelander's times dropped and they continue to improve after several runners continue to heal from being sick and had a solid showing on the hilly course at Waupaca. The girls returned top harrier junior Abbey Henrichs to their lineup after missing the previous two races. Henrichs still was not at 100% but battled her way to a 13th place finish at 22:04.6. Junior Ali DeNamur led the Hodags and edged Henrichs to place 12th overall at 21:57.1.
Sophomore Audrey Schiek was third for RHS, placing 18th overall (22:45.7). Fellow sophomore Emma Germain finished 23rd (23:22.8), junior Ella Schiek was 28th (23:31.1), sophomore Sage Flory was 30th (23:37.5), and sophomore Megan Brown finished 34th (24.12.8).
While on the boys side, Rhinelander junior Jacob Weddle was the only Hodag to crack the top-10 on the day, charting night overall at 18:10.9. Sophomore Cal Laggis was just outside the top-10 and finished 11th at 18:17.3, right behind Weddle
Sophomore Jaden Beske finished third for Rhinelander in 24th place at 18:45.9. Junior Daniel Goldsworthy placed 29th (19:25.8), freshman Nathanael Gibbs finished 34th (19:41.3), junior JC Adams was 35th (19:45.8), and freshman Marcus O'Malley was 45th (20:33.6).
The Hodags will be back in action on Tuesday for an invite at Northland Pines and will have another invitational in Tomahawk on Saturday at Edgewater Country Club. The GNC Meet will be in Polar, WI at Gartzke Flowage on Saturday, October 19th.