In cross country, it is the end of the season that matters the most.
That could spell good news for the Ripon High School harriers.
More than a third of the Tiger runners — 17 of 46 — recorded their season-best times last week Thursday in the final “regular season” competition of the year.
Those performances helped both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams to finish fourth out of 10 schools at the Lomira Invitational.
The meet featured several talented private schools. Among them were Milwaukee Lutheran, Sheboygan Lutheran, St. Mary’s Springs and Kettle Morraine Lutheran.
“It was exciting to see that,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said of the high volume of season-best times. “There were some very good performances. There were some OK performances that still had some area for improvement.”
Running their season-best times — or tying it — last week Thursday were Noah Shidell, Zachary Ferch, Joshua Sperger, Jacob Brietenbach, Andrew Bergthold, Seth Zimdars, Bruce Cunningham, Hayley Corkran, Billie Larson, Alicia Abraham, Ariana Hones, Hannah Coziahr, Amy Lauber, Megan Sperger, Sara Rodman and Aubrey Schoff.
While the 17 season-best times means more intra-squad competition among the Tiger teams, not all of the fastest races were recorded by varsity runners.
The Lomira Invitational featured only one girls and one boys race, but runners were designated beforehand to either the “A,” “B,” or “C” teams.
Read the full story, which includes a breakdown of the varsity runners and times and finishes of alll of the runners, in the Oct. 17, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.