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...

Sept. 5 Annual Nature Hill Invite Only Chance to View Boys Cross Country Team in Action

Another local opportunity: Sept. 12 at Arrowhead Fans of the OHS boys varsity cross country team will have only one chance to see the team in action in Oconomowoc this fall. On Thursday, Sept. 5 at 4:15, OHS hosts its annual Nature Hill Invite at the Nature Hill Intermediate School. Both the Cooney girls and boys teams will compete with the junior varsity races starting at 4:15 followed by the varsity. In all, there are nine races scheduled. Cooney fans can also travel a few miles down the road on Thursday, Sept. 12, for a meet at Arrowhead which traditionally attracts some of the area’s top teams and runners. Because the schedule may change, check out the most accurate and latest boys cross country schedule on the Oconomowoc Area School District...

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....

OHS Cross Country Runners Noah Brown and Joe Zack Finish Among Top Finishers at WIAA State Meet

Brown finishes with second-best time for WLT runner, Zack’s time fourth best (Editor’s Note: This is an undated version of our original article which contained wrong information about the team competition and Wisconsin Lutheran’s participation and finish. Thanks to Cooney coach Mike Teofiolo for alerting us to the error.) Oconomowoc’s two qualifiers for the boys WIAA state cross country championship, seniors Noah Brown and Joe Zack, closed out their high school cross country careers with top 50 finishes Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Brown was 19th (16:08.21) and Zack 49th (16:35.87) in the field of 190 Division 1 runners. Senior Ryan Kromer of Hudson was the winner (15:27.17), followed by MeKena Ramos of Sheboygan South (15:37.42). Alec Miller, a junior from West Bend West, finished eighth (15:53.33), Brown was 19th and Watertown’s Andrew Gifford, a senior, was 23rd. Brown’s time was the second best recorded Saturday by a Wisconsin Little Ten conference runner. Cooney coach Mike Teofilo called it “an awesome race,” while adding that it may have been the third fastest time ever recorded by an OHS boy at the meet.” Teofilo said Brown’s performance was especially significant because the senior standout “beat a lot of excellent runners,” on Saturday. At the WLT conference championship on Oct. 12, Brown was third behind Alec Miller and Wisconsin Lutheran’s Eric Brown II so the Cooney senior was able beat one of the runners who finished ahead of him at conference. Watertown’s Andrew Gifford, another senior, finished behind Brown at both the conference and state meets. Gifford was fourth at the conference meet and 23rd at Wisconsin...

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...