Ripon harriers fare well in final meet before conference

If last week Thursday is any indication, the Ripon High School boys’ cross country team appears ready to defend its conference title and challenge for a state berth.

The Tigers finished tied for first place out of eight schools with 58 points at the Lomira Invitational.

Sheboygan Lutheran, which scored the same number of points, won the tiebreaker based on having the higher sixth-place team finisher among the two squads.

The race was Ripon’s final tune-up before hosting the East Central Conference meet Saturday at Tuscumbia Country Club.

It also will host a Division 2 sectional meet Friday, Oct. 21.

“We were using this meet for the boys to find out how we would stack up against the competition at conference and sectionals and, I think, we discovered what the outcome could be,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said. “Now, we just need to put things together.

“We have yet to have our best race from everybody altogether, so I’m hoping that is something that will occur on our home course for the upcoming two meets.”

Gatzke also believed the Tiger girls’ team recorded a strong showing, despite placing sixth out of eight schools.

Lomira won the girls’ race with 62 points and was followed by Kettle Moraine Lutheran (69 points), St. Mary Springs (69), Sheboygan Lutheran (92), Milwaukee Lutheran (111) and Ripon (114).

Read the full story, which includes full results for the Tigers, in the Oct. 13, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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