KML charged into competition last Friday against 14 opposing schools, many of which were Division 1, at the West Allis Central Bullddog Invite held at McCarty Park. The Chargers rose to the challenge as the majority of the 48 runners greatly improved their time from the previous week. Improvements ranged from 36 seconds to over 5 minutes. Sixteen Chargers knocked more than 2 minutes off of their season openers posted at KML last week. Three Chargers lowered their overall personal bests: Jacob Stoltz ran to a 17:50, 27th place finish, lowering his PR by 7 seconds, Jacob Anderson ran to a 20:37, 74th place finish, taking his previous best down by 18 seconds. Notably, Lillyan Burmesch ran an unbelievably tough race getting ever closer to her 30 minute goal, knocking 2:16 off her previous best and 5:20 off her last race to finish in 30:27.
Team-wise, the Girls’ JV placed 6th with 150 points, only 3 points behind Pius Xi’s 147. Carissa Kneser led the way with a 13th place medal finish in 24:39. The Girls’ Varsity placed 7th with 182 points, only 4 points behind New Berlin Eisenhower’s 178. Naomi Gahan was awarded a medal for her 14th place finish in 21:22, as she led the Chargers home. The Boys’ Varsity took 9th with 208 points, and also took two medals for Austin Schaff’s 24th place 17:43 finish and Jacob Stoltz’s 27th place in 17:50. The Boys’ JV finished in 10th led by Zach Kraus in 21:11, 61st place. Germantown won both Boys divisions with 45 points in Varsity and 24 points in JV. Grafton won the Varsity Girls competition with 56 points, and Oak Creek took the JV with 41 points.
Check out some pictures from the Bulldog Invite HERE.