The Antigo cross country team saved possibly it’s best performance of the season for the Great Northern Conference championship meet at Edgewater Golf Course in Tomahawk Thursday afternoon.
The Red Robin harriers were paced by Rylee Aird, who made the girls all-conference first team with a seventh-place finish, and Logan Edwards, who earned boys second team honors with an 11th-place finish. 16 of 16 Robins posted season record times, and 11 of those were personal records.
Both Antigo teams finished sixth in the team standings. The Robin girls amassed 166 points, with Medford taking the championship at 38 points and Tomahawk in second at 52 points. The Robin boys took sixth with 119 points. Host Tomahawk won the title by nearly double over second-place Lakeland, 32 points versus 63.
“The weather cleared up today for a beautiful night,” said Antigo coach Casey Hildebrandt. “It was a bit chilly when we weren’t running, but cool temps seem to help the team run quickly.”
Edwards strong showing for the boys team was joined by teammates Matt Sveda, 22nd, Logan Higgins, 25th, Kaiden Schlick, 30th, James Meade, 31st, and Karl Busse, 43rd.
“The boys had a strong showing with three new personal records and four season records,” Hildebrandt said. “Edwards found his groove and settled into a rhythm on his way to second team all conference. Higgins, Meade, and Schlick all ran to personal records, with the latter two by over a minute, while Sveda and Busse stayed strong despite forced time off.”
The coach was also impressed by the showing of the girls squad, led by Aird.
“The girls race was another great one with all 10 of them running their fastest time of the season and eight of them with their new personal record,” he raved. “Rylee fought tough and surged back to the lead group through mile two before being distanced, but claimed first team all conference.”
Other top Antigo girls finishers were Clare Heuss, 39th, Noelle Tischendorf, 41st, Alyssa Smith, 45th, Ellie Smith, 46th, MacKenzie Wissbroecker, 49th, Makayla Tischendorf, 50th, and Elisha Thompson, 51st.
“I’m really proud of the team’s effort tonight,” Hildebrandt continued. “They came out to race and it’s really exciting to see their success after a challenging season. I’m proud of each and every one of them and am excited for our last guaranteed meet on Tuesday in our new sub-sectional at Neenah.
“We moved up to division 1 this year due to other schools opting for fall sports in the 7-week window from the WIAA this spring, but we are in championship season and anything is possible. The top two teams and top five individuals not on those teams will advance to the sectional next Saturday.
“The sub-sectional is new this year and will only have four teams on the course at a time. With this format, we won’t know who advances until we are back home Tuesday night. Everyone will have to leave it all out on the course and wait for the final results.”
That sectional meet will be back in Tomahawk on the Edgewater course.