MINOCQUA - Seven high school cross country teams started their season in Minocqua Tuesday night at the eighth annual Ted Voigt Invitational.
Lakeland Union High School, the defending Great Northern Conference champs, hosted the first match of the season.
The event 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 longtime coach who had a successful program here," said of Lakeland head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Seven teams gathered at the Minocqua Winter Park for the meet. Coaches say the course presents runners with challenging 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 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.
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RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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