West Allis Hale boys cross country claim second straight crown
Huskies prevail in Burlington Chocolate City Invitational
As the season hits its closing stages, the West Allis Hale boys cross country team is starting to reach its potential.
The Huskies won the Burlington Chocolate City Invitational on Saturday with 53 points for a 70-point margin over second-place Beloit Memorial with 123 points.
They beat several state-ranked foes, including Waukesha South (22nd in Division 1), Jefferson (12th in Division 2) and Deerfield/Cambridge (14th in Division 2).
Hale has now won two straight meets, with the Chocolate City invite coming on the heels of a victory in the Kettle Moraine Relays.
"This is the team I envisioned during the summer, prior to Dan Nelson and Alec Krause missing the first meet with illness and injury," head coach Ron Kurtz said. "We've been playing catchup ever since. We still are not where we want to be, but we're getting better each week."
Nelson came in third at Burlington with 16 minutes, 43 seconds, and was followed in the top 10 by teammates Tony Lozano, sixth (17:04); and Bailey Keune, ninth (17:09).
Krause placed 13th (17:22), Aaron Wojtysiak 22nd (17:41), Kevin Reed 23rd (17:41) and Alex Elliott 25th (17:46).
The Huskies, rated 23rd in Division 1, beat a total of 35 opponents over the past two weeks to raise their season mark to 93-18 in Kurtz's tallying.
Hale also swept the team and individual titles in the junior varsity race, with first-year runner Jacob Cesar capturing the top spot.
The Huskies next compete at the Waterford Invitational at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 11, and Kurtz said they would be favored, adding that Germantown should provide the strongest competition.
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