One week after moving into the state rankings for the first time since 2011, the Wauwatosa East girls cross-country team earned its first team invitational title in five years.
The Red Raiders scored 58 points to edge 15th-ranked Appleton North by 10 points to claim the Len Nikolai Invitational crown on Sept. 24 at Meadow Links Country Club in Manitowoc.
"It was a great meet and the first title for the varsity since the Homestead Invite in 2011," Wauwatosa East coach Glen Gardiner said. "Very good pack running the entire race pulled the varsity to the championship. It was a great, competitive field. I was happy with the positive attitude and effort the team brought to the meet and what we have to look forward to the rest of the season."
Wauwatosa East was led by senior Andrea Mabie, who came in sixth place with a time of 20:27.45. Sophomore Abby Wood was right behind her teammate, finishing seventh in personal-record 20:28.49.
Sophomore Elsa Klein also set a personal record for the Red Raiders, as she was 13th in 20:46.60. Seniors Jordyn Summerfield (17th in 20:58.21) and Janet Fee (25th in 21:27.08) rounded out the scoring lineup for Wauwatosa East.
Freshman Molly McCaffery (30th in a personal-record 21:42.25), junior Sydney Evans (31st in 21:42.87) and freshman Melis Kaplan (61st in 22:45.23) also ran for the varsity.
Wauwatosa East's junior varsity cross-country team also won the Len Nikolai Invite and has now won all four races it has competed in this year.
Freshman Skye Sell (fifth in a personal-record 22:30.38), junior Yvette Dansewicz (eighth in 22:36.15), freshman Rosie Rohrer (ninth in a personal-record 22:39.47), sophomore Eden Gissibl (13th in a personal-record 22:49.62) and freshman Olivia Bowser (16th in 23:11.79) paced the JV Red Raiders in Manitowoc.