LeBlanc finishes first individually for boys, O’Leary third for girls
By Kevin Struck
The Kohler high school boys’ cross country team topped 17 other teams to win the 32nd annual Crusader Challenge, hosted by Sheboygan Lutheran on September 17.
The Blue Bombers’ impressive performance was ensured by placing an astonishing four runners in the top 10. Senior Henry LeBlanc led the way, finishing first out of a total of 119 runners. He completed the 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) course in 17 minutes and 7 seconds.
Not far behind was senior Davis Maki, in fifth place overall with a time of 17:33. Freshman Davis Behler finished in 17:41 to take eighth, and senior Brian Zheng was tenth, clocking in at 17:47. Behler was by far the fastest freshman in the field, beating the next best freshman runner by one minute and 13 seconds.
The places of five runners count in the standings for each team, so junior Koen Vierkant, the fifth Kohler runner to cross the line, finishing 24th overall, with a time of 18:27, was the final piece of the dominant team victory.
The other two varsity runners, junior Jack Rummel and sophomore Grant Cunliffe-Owe, came in with respectable finishes of 33rd and 57th respectively.
The JV team finished third out of nine teams.
The team’s head coach is Duane DuMez.
For the girls, junior Shannon O’Leary, finished an impressive third out of 101 runners, freshman Sofia Hamilton finished 35th and senior Mary Madigan finished 81st.