Six races determined the state titles for divisions one, two and three as the boys raced over a course of 5000 meters while the girls ran a shorter course of 4000 meters. Medals were awarded to the top six individual finishers.
After a one hour delay due to frost, the 100th state cross country championships finally got underway at noon with the boys' Division 3 race. And while Darlington's Tyler Miehe won his second straight individual title, Marathon junior Andrew Studinski earned a top ten finish but felt he could have done better.
"It was not good. I placed better last year," Studinski said. "I don't think I ate enough this morning. I was too nervous to eat. And I just had a bad race."
In the boys' Division 2 race, Tomahawk's Bryan Tomek started out in second place before falling behind. The junior finished ninth.
SPASH managed a third place finish in the Division 1 team competition, led by Michael Larson, who finished the race in under 16 minutes.
"We have a great tradition of great teams and great individuals and for me, being injured and sick much of the year, it really brought a new sense of team to me," Larson said.
Natalie Miller from Three Lakes High School made the podium in the girls' Division 3 race, finishing in sixth place.
"That feels really good," Miller said. "To come out and run a really tough race and come out with a medal. That's great."
For Colby senior Amanda Kaiser, she was just happy to be able to run at this high level as she competed in the girls' Division 2 race.
"It was really nice today. perfect weather with the sun and the coolness. I always run better in the cool. It was a nice fast course. I got a couple of climbs but other than that, it was a nice course to run in," Kaiser said.
"Obviously the main goal was to make it to states this year and it was just awesome running at states finally."
And Saturday's race was extra special for McKaela Christenson from Baraboo High School, winning the girls' division one race on her 18th birthday.
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