For the first time since 2011, the Wauwatosa East girls cross-country team finds itself in the Wisconsin Cross-Country Coaches Association state rankings.
The 20th-ranked Red Raiders continued their strong season by taking third behind No. 11 Whitefish Bay and Cedarburg at the Whitefish Bay Invitational at Kletzsch Park on Sept. 15.
"It was a good midweek test against good competition and a few teams we will see at sectionals," Wauwatosa East girls cross-country coach Glen Gardiner said. "The girls ran off of a hard training week and competed well."
Senior Andrea Mabie led the way for the Red Raiders, as she took fifth with a time of 20:19.33. Also earning medalist honors for Wauwatosa East was senior Jordyn Summerfield, as she came in 12th in 20:51.47.
Sophomore Abby Wood (20th in 21:30), sophomore Elsa Klein (21st in 21:33) and senior Janet Fee (22nd in 21:34.09) rounded out the Red Raiders' scoring lineup. Junior Kyra Meach (25th in 22:01.80), freshman Molly McCaffery (27th in a personal-record 22:11.64) and Sydney Evans (32nd in 22:32.28) also ran for Wauwatosa East.
Not only has the Red Raiders' varsity team been running well, but the junior varsity team has won all three meets it has competed in this season. Freshman Melis Kaplan helped the JV squad to the Whitefish Bay meet title with a third-place finish in a personal-record 22:34.
The JV team is an impressive 3-for-3 this season, having won every meet so far. The JV harriers were led by freshman Melis Kaplan (third, 22:34, PR) and beat out five other teams for the JV title.
Wauwatosa East will run next at the Manitowoc Invitational at Meadow Links Golf Course on Sept. 24.
"I'm looking forward to our next meet at the Manitowoc Invite where we will see state-ranked Appleton North (13th)," Gardiner said. "It is a fast course with a lot of potential for PRs."