Sophomore Brian Jacques and junior Marlie Houston lead boys and girls teams
The OHS boys and girls varsity cross country teams competed Thursday at the Arrowhead Invite, one of the area’s top early season meets. The OHS boys team, led by sophomore Brian Jacques, was sixth with 176 points. Jacques was ninth. The girls finished 1oth with 239 points. Junior Marlie Houston led OHS with a seventh place finish in the star-studded field.
Thursday was the first local competition for both teams as the annual Ooconomowoc Nature Hill Invite, set for Sept. 4, was canceled due to poor weather. The Nature Hill event was the only opportunity for Cooney fans to view the teams in action on their home course this season. All future meets are away.
Thursday at Arrowhead wasn’t a great day weather-wise either as it was uncommonly cold and windy.
Jacques recorded a 16:24 on the 5,000 yard course on the Arrowhead campus. Next up for OHS was another sophomore, Alex Carter (16:35) who was 15th. Two OHS seniors, John McVey (17:27), and Mike Harder (17:29), finished 46th and 49th respectively. Junior Andy Woods was 57th (17:41). Also running for OHS but not contributing points were Brandon Niemic (17:52) who finished 68th and Zach Banner (18:13) who was 77th.
Arrowhead won the boys comp with 45 points as senior Will Simons was the top finisher (15:30). All five Arrowhead runners finished in the top 16.
On the girls side, the record-setting Houston’s time of 18:50 led OHS and was goof for seventh place. This year, for the first time, the girls are also running 5,000 yard courses. In the past, they competed at 4,000 yards.
As expected, Shorewood junior Morgan Florsheim was the winner with a 17:36 clocking. Whitefish Bay won the girls competition with Arrowhead finishing second. Y had five runners in the top 20.
Following Houston for OHS was sophomore Maddy Lee who finished 37th with a 20:10 time. Freshman Abby Gonzalez finished third for OHS and 45th overall with a 20:24. Senior Caroline Groth was 73rd (21:27) and senior Sienna Valley rounded out the scoring for OHS with a 21:29, good for 77th place. Junior Emma Grace Bero was 80th and sophomore Kelsey Brezenski was 83rd.