Coed Varsity Cross Country · CC at WIAA State

Chargers race in Wisconsin Rapids

Two Chargers Represented KML in Cross Country at the State Championship meet on Saturday, November 2nd at the The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Sophomore Logan Measner returned for his second state performance and Sophomore Abigail Poehlman went for her first time.  Abby is the eleventh female in KML’s 22 year CC history to go to state.  She opened on PR pace flying through the flat first kilometer but the hills in the latter part of the course took their toll causing slower miles as the race progressed.  Abby finished in 115th place in 21:58 and hopes to return next year as a more experienced state participant.

Logan Measner’s 21st place finish in 15:58 was 26 seconds faster and 32 places higher than his freshman debut at state.  His more conservative start this year had him 20 seconds behind the lead runners.  At the mile he was in 102nd place.  By the 2 mile Logan was in 60th place adding only 16 seconds to his first mile split.  His final split rivaled his opening split and was the 5th fastest split of the 152 runners in the race.  This strong finish powered him past 39 competitors who were losing steam on their way to the finish.  This amazing close to his race showed the most significant place improvement by any runner in the meet.  By comparison, the 17th place runner at the mile dropped to 27th by the two mile and finished in 72nd overall giving up 45 places in the final mile.  State runners have historically started insanely fast often to their demise.  The game at state seems to be to start fast and see who can slow down the least for the remainder of the race.  The most difficult uphills on the course come in the second half of the race and the finish is an uphill climb.  Racing towards the finish line 16 competitors where within five seconds of Logan’s time with two to three athletes crossing the line within fractions of a second from each other.  A fast finisher can overtake quite a few runners in the last tenth of a mile.  Logan plans to make use of this experience once again as he hopes to be the third Charger to have three appearances at State assuming he qualifies in one of his next two years.  The KML CC team has been represented at State every year since 2004 with the exception of 2006.  With continued off-season training and the individual drive for improvement, this tradition should continue for years to come.  GO CHARGERS!