- Seven high school cross country teams started their season in Minocqua Tuesday night for the Ted Voigt Invitational.
Defending Great Northern Conference champs, of Lakeland Union High School hosted the first match of the season.
This was the 8th annual Ted Voigt Invitational.
It is named after a former coach at Lakeland Union High School.
"It's our first meet of the year. It's everybody's first meet of the year. So, we thought it might be nice to have a meet named after a long time coach who had a successful program here," said head coach of Lakeland Cross Country Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Seven teams gathered at the Minocqua Winter Park for the meet. Coaches say the course gives runners challenging hills and terrain.
High schoolers from Lakeland, Mosinee, Merrill, Mercer, Northland Pines, Phelps, Rhinelander, and Wisconsin Rapids all competed in the invitational.
"It's a chance to kind of shake off the cobwebs and see where you're at. What's nice about these early races is that varsity and JV kids run together so you really get a chance to see where you fit on your team," said Fitzpatrick.
Lakeland's Senior Andrew Schilling finished the course with the fastest time of 17:51. Lakeland had the five fastest boys runners in the invitational.
Meanwhile, Lakeland's Sophomore Lauren Schilling finished the course with the fastest girls time of 21:31.3. Lakeland had three of the four fast girls at Tuesday's event.
|Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua