For the first time all season, the Oconto Falls cross-country team had four runners finish within 30 seconds of each other.
From the team’s No. 2 runner, Noah Kokko-Ludemann (17 minutes, 45 seconds), to No. 5 Evan Roberts (18:15), the Panthers stayed close enough to take ninth place (227 points) at the Division 2 state meet Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
“That was one thing we talked about. … Because there are so many people in that race, and so many good people in that race, I was concerned about them losing each other,” head coach Lon Ludemann said.
Senior Evan Konitzer (16:55) continued his role as the team’s top runner, placing 29th, but scoring 11 points based on the 18 individual qualifiers who finished ahead of him.
Kokko-Ludemann followed 50 seconds behind Konitzer, leading the pack of Panthers to the finish line. Justan Konitzer (18:06), Brody Schindel (18:12) and Roberts rounded out the scoring for Oconto Falls at 227.