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December 2, 2021

11/8/2021 11:17:00 AM
It's off to state for Dodge-Point boys, girls cross country

Dual Sectional Championships!
That was the result of Dodgeville-Mineral Point's cross country teams Saturday at Prairie du Chien. Both the boys and girls teams claimed Setional crowns.
The boys team topped the field of 14 with a resounding 62-99 win over runner-up New Glarus/Monticello with both teams advancing to the WIAA Division 2 State Championship in Wisconsin Rapids.
The rest of the team scores were Lodi 104, Monroe 131, Mount Horeb 140, Madison Edgewood 141, Southwestern/Cuba City 178, Evansville 187, McFarland 213,River Valley 223, Platteville 247, Brodhead/Juda 338, Richland enter/Ithaca 367 and Prairie du Chien 373.
All Dodge-Point scorers finished in the top 25 led by Will Aurit taking 3rd in 16:50, just .6 out of 2nd.
Dylan Wasley took 6th in 17:05 and Cody Yoder came in 11th in 17:15.
Layne Aurit was 20th in 17:50 and Joey Robinson's 22nd placing in 17:54 gave DP their winning total.
Charlie Keith took 29th in 18:08 and Cal Dampf was 47th in 18:35 as the other two varsity runners.
Mount Horeb junior Joseph Stoddard was the race winner in 16:35 while McFarland freshman Spencer Alt nipped Aurit at the finish in 16:50.
Besides Stoddard and Alt, qualifying as individual runnerss were: Parker Heintz of lodi 4th in 16:58, Noah Kuhn of Edgewood 7th in 17:07 and Quinn Wright of Platteville 8th in 17:08.
River Valley was led by Julius Rose 17th in 17:44. Then came Noah Radtke 35th in 18:22, Ethan Wastlick 54th in 18:54, Joshua Maes 55th in 18:54, Connor Grant 62nd in 19:11, Mason Henkel 72nd in 19:32 and TJ Strine 94th in 24:09.
The Dodge-Point girls had an even wider margin of victory as they won 43 to 106 over New Glarus/Monticello.
All five runners finished in the top 20 led by twins Ellie and Annie robinson taking 2nd (18:520 and 3rd (19:28).
Julia Thompson took 7th in19:55 , Grace Wersal was 14th in 20:53 and Addison Christopher rounded out their scoring finishing 17th in 21:02.
Haylee Kearns was 24th in 21:17 and Regan Schuette 26th in 21:19.
Other team scores were: Monroe 112, Mount Horeb 124, Platteville 169, Evansville 199, McFarland 238, Prairie du Chien 240, Lodi 242, Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 247, Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton 251, Madison Edgewood 259, Richland Center/Ithaca 262, River Valley 342 and Brodhead/Juda 383.
Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton senior Kayci Martenson literally ran away with the individual title in 17:59 and earned another trip to state.
Other individual qualifiers were: Mount Horeb's Rhya Brandemuehl 4th in 19:35, SW/CC/B Hanna Martenson 65, Richland Cen-ter/Ithaca's Kaylee Peterson 6th in 19:45.h in 19:43 and Monroe's Sierra McGuire 8th in 20:04.
River Valley was led by Bobbi DuCharme 15th in 20:58 followed by Alana Merritt 70th in 23:38, Abi Cummings 74th in 23:54, Jayla Maier 89th in 25:11, Anna Johnson 89th in 25:58, Emma Anding 97th in 26:32 and Kylie Morrey 99th in 26:52.
Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld scores were: Samantha Herrling 20th in 21:07, Anna Burkholder 27th in 21:20, Taylee Thousand 53rd in 22:52, Greine Simmert 68th in 23:31, Kelly Gaffney 79th in 24:26 and Alexis Erickson 95th in 26:12.
Dodge-Point coach Denny McGraw is happy to see his teams back to state.
"After a 5 year hiatus, both the boys and girls Dodge-Point Cross Country teams are headed back to the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids," he said. "Both teams won the sectional meet by soundly defeating their opponents. They came ready to take care of business and that is what they did.
"We hope these wins will motivate them as they head to the state meet on Saturday. The teams compete on Saturday, October 30 at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The boys compete at noon, with the girls at 1:45. We appreciated all the fan support on the beautiful day of sectionals and hope to have a big crowd to cheer on our teams at state."
He added, "The work ethic for this team has been amazing. They really consider themselves a family and they have great support for each other.
"For the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids you have to purchase entry tickets on-line before the event. The tickets purchasing information is on the WIAA website. This site will also give other information about the meet including parking (shuttle service).
"We would like to thank the parents, fans, Dodgeville Fire Department, Athletic Director Joey Martin, and the administration from Dodgeville and Mineral Point. The support this season has been tremendous."

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