Boys sixth, girls 10th at star-studded Arrowhead cross country invite

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.

Nature Hill Invite is only opportunity to see OHS girls cross country team in action at home

If you want to see the OHS girls cross country team in action this season, at home, you’ll have only one chance to do so: Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Nature Hill Intermediate School. Every other meet is on the road, including one at Arrowhead a week later, on Thursday, Sept. 11. The Nature Hill Invite, which features some of the top teams in the area, is scheduled to start at 4:15 with the girls junior varsity race. It will be followed immediately by the girls varsity event. Last year OHS sophomore Marlie Houston finished second in a down-to-the-wire battle with winner Isabel Seidel of University Lake School. Houston won the title her freshman season.  She is also the defending Wisconsin Little Ten conference girls cross country champion. OHS win the girls team title at Nature Hill last season. See article on last year’s meet. Scheduled to compete this year are teams from Watertown, West Bend East, Germantown, Mukwonago, New Berlin West, Janesville Parker, Madison East, Milwaukee Messmer, University School, Brown Deer, and Lake Country Lutheran. Seidel graduated this past June so Houston is the top returner runner. The meet also features a boys competition. OHS’s Paul Timm, who graduated in June, was the boys winner last year....

2013–OHS Girls Win Team Title at Nature Hill Invite; Houston Edged by Seidel for Individual Title

Riley Frieler’s third and Jane Neinhuis’ 10th help Cooney win team championship In an early showdown between two of the area’s top runners, University Lake School’s Isabel Seidel bested Oconomowoc’s Marlie Houston by just seven seconds Thursday to win the individual title at the Nature Hill Invite. Houston, who won last year’s Nature Hill Invite as a freshmen, and Seidel, one of the state’s top runners from distances ranging from 800 meters to 4,000 meters, ran neck-and-neck for most of the race with Seidel just edging Houston at the finish line. Seidel, a senior, is on the left in the photo above, with Houtson on the right.  Houston is a sophomore. Oconomowoc Today photo by Malcolm McIntyre. Seidel recorded a 15:13.81 mark, while Houston was right behind with a 15:20.10. At last fall’s WIAA state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids, Seidel, running in Division 3, finished fourth (14:55.99) while Houston, competing in Division 1, was 11th (14:44.16). Oconomowoc, however, won the team crown Thursday at Nature Hill as three Cooney runners finished in the top 10. In addition to Houston, Senior Riley Frieler was third with a 16:03 time and junior Jane Nienhuis, new to the team this season, was 10th at 17:19. Houston, Frieler and Niemhuis were all members of the Cooney girls track team last spring. At last year’s WLT conference cross country championship meet, Houston was first and Frieler third. Another new-comer to OHS coach Matt Larsen’s team, junior Sierna Valley was 28th on Thursday at Nature Hill. Senior Caitlin Hartnett (18:29) was 41st. Also competing in the varsity race for OHS was sophomore Sam...

Cross Country Camp for Boys and Girls Set for July 8-12 at Nature Hill

Veteran OHS cross country and track and field coaches leading evening camp; registration form and flyer available Oconomowoc student/athletes interested in competing in cross country have a unique opportunity starting Monday, July 8, to participate in a week-long camp that will maximize their potential. Led by a group of veteran coaches, the camp, for boys and girls entering grades six through 12 this fall, is being held every night, from 5:30 to approximately 8 p.m. at the Nature Hill Intermediate School, the site of the annual OHS annual Nature Hill Invitational Cross County Meet. According to Mike Teofilo, a camp co-director and the head boys cross country coach at OHS, the camp’s goal is to to develop each student/athlete as a runner and athlete. During the camp, the focus will be on endurance running, stretching, core training, nutrition, speed work, using training logs, form running, cross training, mental imagery and racing tactics. Matt Larsen, the girls cross country coach at OHS, is the camp’s co-director. Working with Teofilo and Larsen are two other veteran OHS coaches, Patrick Middleton and Chuck Olson.  All four are also involved in the school’s highly successful track and field programs in the spring. Additionally, ex-OHS standout Eamon McKenna, a former college All-American and currently the head men’s cross country coach at UW-Oshkosh will serve as a camp coach during the week-long sessions. For detailed information on the camp, including a registration form, click here. View Oconomowoc Today page devoted to the high school’s cross country and track and field programs. Oconomowoc Today photo of Cooney cross country runner Riley Frieler, right, by Malcolm McIntyre....

Houston and Frieler Shine at WIAA State Cross Country Meet

Houston records fastest time ever for an OHS runner at state; Frieler’s time is third best When you are among the very best in the state in an athletic event it is a major accomplishment. Saturday, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, freshman Marlie Houston and junior Riley Frieler joined that elite grouping as the two Oconomowoc High School runners placed in the top 30 at the WIAA girls state cross country championship. Houston, only a freshman, finished 11th in Division 1 as she ran the fastest time ever recorded for a Cooney girl at a state meet. One-hundred-ninety girls competed in Division 1. Her time of 14:44 also allowed her to place 16th overall–there were three divisions. In addition she was named as a WIAA all-state runner. Not a bad way to start your career, is it? Frieler’s finish in 30th place capped a year of outstanding performances for the junior. Her time of 15:06 was the third fastest time ever recorded by a Cooney girl at a state meet. Only Houston and Mandy Prom have faster times. Prom’s 14:58 came when she finished ninth at the 2009 meet. Prom’s finish is still the highest individual finish for an OHS girls runner. By finishing 3oth, Frieler earned honorable mention all-state honors. After the meet, girls cross country coach Matt Larsen said, “I thought that Marlie and Riley had great ends to their seasons.” Larsen said that the goal for Houston was to be near the top ten early and work from there, “She did well with that plan. It was great that she had this much success as a...

Marlie Houston and Noah Brown Lead OHS Qualifiers for WIAA State Cross Country Championships

Riley Frielder and Joe Zack also qualify for the individual competition next Saturday It was sort of a bittersweet day for the OHS boys and girls cross country team Saturday at the Madison West Sectional as freshman sensation Marlie Houston qualified for her first WIAA state cross country championship. She’ll be joined in Wisconsin Rapids by senior Noah Brown who was third in the boys competition. Two additional Cooney runners, junior Riley Frieler for the girls team, and senior Joe Zack, on the boys side, qualified for the the trip based on their sixth-place finishes. While they finished out of the top five, Frieler and Zack advance because runners who finished ahead of them will run as part of a team. Unfortunately, neither the OHS girls or boys teams qualified for the team competition next week. The boys team, which finished third, was one spot from going to Wisconsin Rapids as a team. Only the top two teams at each Sectional qualified. Marlie Houston (14:50) was second in the girls race behind Baraboo senior MaKaela Christensen (14:22). Christensen finished 10th last year at the state meet after placing eighth in 2010. At the WLT championships earlier this month, Houston defeated Taylor Clyse of Slinger, the fourth-place finisher at last year’s state meet, so despite being a freshman, Houston knows she is a top-flight competitor at the state level. Frieler, who finished third at the recent Wisconsin Little Ten conference championships, was sixth Saturday with a 15:07 clocking. As a sophomore last year, Frieler qualified for the individual competition where she finished 52nd, three places back of teammate Mandy Prom...