Vannucchi wins 3rd straight title, Aquinas wins team title

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. (WXOW)-  The Coulee Region was well-represented at the WIAA state cross country meet on Saturday.

Luther’s David Vannucchi won his third straight individual title with a time of 15:43. He is the 6th boy and 8th person overall to claim three WIAA Cross Country titles.

” It was so hard,” Vannucchi said. ” There was mud out there. The first mile was so fast. That’s the fastest first mile I’ve run all year. It was the hardest race I’ve run. This is the hardest one. This is the one I’m most thankful for. This is the toughest. I came in here. This is the most pressure I’ve had for a race and I’m so thankful to say that I overcame all glory to God, and we were able to come out on the top spot.”

In division 3 boys, Aquinas’ Ethan Gregg led his team finishing in 7th place with a time of 16:26. The Blugolds won the division three state title with 90 points. This is the first state title since 2007.

” Amazing it feels really good,” Ethan Gregg said. ” It’s overwhelming. We all worked for it though, every single one of us knew, exactly what we had to do. We knew exactly what we had to do, when to do it. Having the best coach in Wisconsin, having the best area to train in Wisconsin that’s all.”

More top finishers include, Luther’s Sam Larson finishing in 3rd place with a time of 16:18. The Luther Knights took 6th place overall. As for Cashton, Jarrett Carpenter came in 16th place. Blair Taylor’s Preston Gutenberg in 20th place.

In division 2 the top finishers include, Logan’s Zach Slevin finished in 9th place with a time of 16:31. As a team, Logan finished 8th overall. West Salem’s Bradley Neimeier finished 20th overall. In addition, GET’s Josh Jumbeck came in 29th and his team finished 13th overall.

Now to the girls and division two slate. GET’s Dana Feyen is a two-time defending state champion and she came in 2nd place with a time of 18:19. However, Feyen was thinking about someone else during her race.

” I want to give a shout out to my brother today,” Feyen said. ” He ran a really tough race. He fell at the beginning and was just didn’t have the greatest race, but my twin brother Doug does all the miles with me, and so really deserves to take some of that credit because he definitely pushes me everyday.”

In division 1, Onalaska’s Kora Malecek finished in 5th place with a time of 18:35. She led her team to a 3rd place finish. In addition, Hannah Wilcox-Berg of Tomah came in 21st place.

In division 3, Kickapoo/La Farge Anelise Egge finished in 8th place a time of 19:27. In addition, Grace Mslna led Cashton as they finished in 8th place overall with 231 points.

Karley Marotta

Karley Marotta

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