Two Greendale cross-country runners capped their season at the WIAA Division 1 state cross-country meet at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
Freshman Emma Polenske ran a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds, good for 82nd place among 189 runners in the field.
“Emma's first mile was about right place wise, maybe a little faster than her normal, but hey, it was state,” coach Corey Binnebose said. “Then, she passed 16 runners in the second mile, got tired after a few good hills on the course and lost 16 places in the third mile to come home 82nd. It was awesome for Emma to experience state as a freshman and get the feel of everything. This can only help her prep for 2017.”
Senior Nolan Rudd capped his high-school career with a time of 17:42 and a placement of 142nd out of 189.
“Nolan's plan was to go out conservative after watching the D3 and D2 races and seeing some of the runners go out fast in the first mile and pay the price in the third mile,” Binnebose said. “So he did, but then his second mile was too slow, and the third mile got slower. It was not Nolan's best day by far. I am happy that Nolan got to experience state before graduating, and being this was his senior year, it was a great way to end his high school CC career. His efforts the last two seasons have been influential to the younger runners and gives them hope as to what hard work can lead to.”