Cross-country: Several Panthers turn in strong performances

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Schindel paces boys, Canavera leads girls
By: 

Greg Bates, Times Herald Correspondent

The Oconto Falls boys cross country runners kept coming in one after another in a rapid pace.
When it was all said and done, seven of the top 10 boys finishers were from Oconto Falls. The Panthers tallied a team score of just 21 points – 15 is perfect score – en route to beating Green Bay Southwest (53) and Green Bay East (64) at the annual East Triangular at Colburn Park on Thursday, Aug. 23.
“That’s pretty good for the first meet,” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said. “I didn’t know what to expect, honestly. We got two freshmen in the top five, that’s good.”
Joe Adams, in his first cross country meet ever, finished fourth overall (19 minutes, 52 seconds). Fellow freshman Isaac Raddatz was eighth (20:19).
It was the Panthers’ Brody Schindel and Evan Roberts who paced the field. Schindel placed first (18:47), beating second-place finisher Roberts by 26 seconds.
“We push each other a lot,” Schindel said. “He’s got a whole lot of potential coming up because he’s young. He didn’t run a whole lot last year but he’s got a lot going for him.”
The race was Schindel’s best in a varsity uniform. He took second at the event last season and wanted to move up a spot as a senior. But there’s still room for improvement.
“I felt strong, but I’m not in the condition I want to be in,” Schindel said.
Senior Brent Wolf was sixth overall (19:57).
Oconto Falls girls tie for second
After placing seventh at the same invite last year, Autumn Canavera wanted to start out her season in style.
She nabbed third (21:36) and shaved 59 seconds from her last time at Colburn Park.
“I wanted to get around 21 minutes, but I think 21:30 is fine enough,” Canavera said.
Canavera feels like she’s in better condition this season after her first meeting. That bodes well for her the rest of the way.
Canavera picked up a few things she can work on heading into the next meet.
“I think I do better if I run a little bit slower at the beginning because I normally kind of kick it at the beginning and then go slow at the end,” Canavera said. “I need to work at being consistent.”
Teammate Breanna Sadowski finished sixth (23:49). Grace Williams came in ninth overall (25:49). Aspen Canavera (28:13) and Morgan Van Haren (28:56) placed 16th and 18th, respectively.
“I just wanted to get experience and get a feeling for it,” Ludemann said. “That’s all I tell them. ‘Just go and run.’”
Oconto Falls will have a big test next week when it competes in the annual Irish Invitational in Freedom on Aug. 31.
“It will just be fast by the nature of where we are and who’s there — they’ll run faster,” Ludemann said.