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Fighting the mud and rain, the Wauwatosa East boys and girls cross-country teams ran well at the Purgold Invitational hosted by Cudahy and St. Francis on Oct. 1 at Sheridan Park.

The 20th-ranked Red Raider girls team took second place, finishing only behind 13th-ranked Whitefish Bay, as all varsity runners earned medalist honors.

The girls team scored 48 team points, 19 more than the Blue Dukes.

Senior Andrea Mabie led the girls team and came in third with a season-best time of 20:16.30. Sophomore Abby Wood took fourth in a personal-record 20:26.38. Senior Jordyn Summerfield came in 10th in 20:50.55, sophomore Elsa Klein placed 13th in 21:09.74 and senior Janet Fee was 19th in 21:46.86.

Junior Sydney Evans (22:02.94), freshman Molly McCaffery (22:03.37) and junior Kyra Meach (22:14.59) also ran for the Red Raiders.

"The course ran a little slow due to the muddy conditions, especially for the girls varsity race, the last race of the day," Wauwatosa East girls cross-country coach Glen Gardiner said. "I was really happy with the personal records set on the day. That was hard to do considering the weather and course conditions. We are entering the championship part of the season, and the girls are primed and ready for the challenges that await them."

The boys team had six runners set personal records en route to a fourth-place finish behind No. 8 South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay and Waukesha North.

Sophomore Henry Wellenstein lowered his personal record for the third-straight meet, taking fourth with a time of 16:51.31 to lead the boys team. Also setting personal records in the scoring lineup for the varsity team were senior Jack Sveum (ninth place in 17:09.15), senior Jacob Collison (21st in 17:33.03) and junior Jacob Odrzywolski (22nd in 17:34.48).

Rounding out the scoring for the Red Raiders was junior Ian Tyre, who came in 27th in 17:37.30.

"It was a very impressive run for the boys considering we had a tough week of practice and the muddy conditions caused by the rain," Wauwatosa East boys cross-country coach Mackenzie Laska said. "We saw six out of eight runners in the varsity race run personal records, and the JV race saw 11 out of 19 runners run personal records with another three running their season best.

"It was a big step in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do to accomplish our goals for the season."

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