West Allis Hale boys run to a different cross country meet
Team changes plans, ends up with victory
Searching for the best competition he could find, West Allis Hale head boys cross country coach Ron Kurtz made a late schedule change last week.
The Huskies were slated to compete at the Cedarburg Invitational on Saturday, but Kurtz learned that the host team planned to rest its varsity team and run its junior varsity squad in the meet.
"Cedarburg, which is 15th-ranked, was going to be our only real competition in the meet," Kurtz explained, "so we went to the Kettle Moraine Relays for better competition on varsity."
At Kettle Moraine, Hale wound up winning not only its division but the entire meet, posting a combined time of 88 minutes, 42.76 seconds.
In Division 1, the Huskies topped Waukesha West, second with 89:28.07; and Waukesha South, third at 90:48.67.
"We beat some very good teams in 19th-ranked South and 20th-ranked Whitefish Bay (which won Division 2)," Kurtz said. "We were very excited by the results."
The meet featured a different format, with the top four runners from each squad competing in one race and the five through eight runners in another.
Dan Nelson captured seventh in the top-four event with 17 minutes, 8.05 seconds, while Tony Lozano took 12th (17:25.97), Bailey Keune 21st (17:47.5) and Alec Krause 28th (18:02.26).
The Huskies had four runners in the top 12 of the other race. Aaron Wojtysiak claimed fifth (18:18.98), Tim Ebben sixth (18:27.85), Kevin Reed seventh (18:28.98) and Alex Elliott 12th (18:41.58).
Kurtz figured that his team improved to 78-18 against its competition for the season.
Next for the Huskies will be the Burlington Invitational at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, with Waukesha South and a pair of highly-rated Division 2 squads in Jefferson and Deerfield.
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