Girls Cross Country team qualifies for state


Olivia Napadensky

The Warriors have hit the trails running and have competed to secure their place at State. This will be the first time the girls cross country team has made it to the state meet since 2016. On October 20th, the girls team participated in the Deforest Subsectional. Senior Anna Vanderhoef placed 2nd and junior Kelsey King followed right after in 3rd place. Freshman Carla Shwitters also ran and placed 8th while junior Lila Branshaw took 10th. On the boys side, Deforest took first while Waunakee took 5th place with a couple PR’s. Andrew Reigner placed 7th to finish as the only boy to place in the top 10 for the Warriors. On October 24th, the Warriors participated in the Division 1 Sectionals in Portage placing 2nd. Leading the pack for the girls was Branshaw, who ironically only ran cross country because of the cancelation of the Warrior volleyball season. Branshaw placed 16th with a time of 20 minutes and 58.84 seconds. Following her was freshman Charlise Smith, who placed 18th. Other runners that placed include freshmen Shwitters and Malia Niles, and sophomore Brinley Everson. Seniors Mckenna Hughey and Darya Pronina also ran.

The Division 1 state meet was on Saturday, October 31st and was hosted by Arrowhead. The girls placed 12th with their two top runners coming in at 48th and 62nd place. King was first for the warriors with a time of 20 minutes and 40 seconds. Following her was Branchaw running 21 minutes and 15 seconds. Smith (63rd), Schwitters (69th), and junior Jordyn Jarvi (73) rounded the top 5 for the team. Everson and Hughey also ran in the meet.