PINES BOYS’ QUALIFY FOR STATE!!! For the first time in school history, Northland Pines Boys’ Cross Country Team qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Championships by finishing 2nd in the 16-team Division II Tomahawk Sectional Meet. Captain Kody Radtke led the way finishing 4th overall in a time of 16:29 for 5000 meters. Noah Schulze took 14th place improving 42 over his performance at last year’s Sectional Meet. Mitchell Popp broke his own school sophomore record running a personal best time of 17:38 placing 21st overall and the 4th sophomore to finish. Matt McGill took 29th place running a minute and a half faster than last year at Sectionals. Noah Weber ran a terrific race to round-out Pines top-5 scorers. Other runners who significantly contributed to the Pines boys’ success were freshman Ben Tilley, and senior Alex Fluegel. Luciano Svetnicka earned the alternate spot on the team and will be traveling to the State Meet next weekend. After the race, all Pines’ members and supporters waited with great anticipation for the final score to be posted, and when it was announced that Pines had made history, finishing 2nd & qualifying for State, a huge cheer was heard by all. It was great to see so many fans, parents, students, and alumni come out to support the team including former Pines Cross-Country Captains Maria Wait, Kyle Radtke, and Devin Sauvola.
Pines Girls’ team did not favor as well at the Sectional Meet, finishing 15th place. Annalise Callaghan was Pines’ top female finisher in 24th place overall, and the 5th freshman. The team's three seniors ran their hearts out during the final high school race of their career: Heidi Olson ran a minute and a half faster than last year at Sectionals; Captain Maddy Blaedow who ran a season best time; and Allison Sauvola ran a gutsy performance narrowly missing out on an all-time personal best time. Brooke Kowalski, Anna Hayes, and Audrey Lindemann also significantly contributed to the team’s effort.
They are all great young men and women who are totally committed to achieving their best, and have displayed that dedication all year long. Their team unity has been remarkable and was on display Saturday when the girls’ team was overwhelmed with joy for the boys’ team upon the announcement that they had finished second and qualified for the State Meet next weekend at Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids. They are a wonderful group to work with, and I am very proud and honored to be their coach. It was a memorable day in the lives of these great kids, their parents, the coaches, and Northland Pines High School.
Complete race results are posted on the right-hand side of this page.
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Next meet: WIAA State Cross Country Championships, Saturday, October 31st, Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids. Course map, directions, parking, and meet information can be found on the right-hand side of this page.
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