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Bulldogs make running statement

Gonzales, Pranghofer run at state CC meet

Nov. 3, 2009

West Allis — The West Allis Central Bulldogs cross country team capped the season with a pair of history-making runs at the WIAA Division 1 Cross Country Meet at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.

Junior Alex Gonzales' 47th-place effort of 16 minutes, 55.9 seconds was the Bulldogs' boys team best finish since 2004, when Chris Gundersen ran 55th. Twenty-four of the 46 people that finished ahead of Gonzales were seniors.

Gonzales' state run was the first for the Bulldogs in two seasons.

For the girls, sophomore Abigail Pranghofer finished 102nd in 16:14.3. It was West Allis Central's first appearance by female runner since Natalie Tofte ran 15th at the state meet in 2000.

- David Cotey

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