Dustin Zychowicz stays ahead of a pack of runners in last week’s 26th Annual Raider Cross Country Invitational.
Dustin Zychowicz stays ahead of a pack of runners in last week’s 26th Annual Raider Cross Country Invitational.
The 26th Annual Kiel Raider Cross Country Invitational is in the books and coach Tony Grybush, founder of this quality event, saw his Kiel boys place second and his girls place fourth in near-perfect running conditions despite a somewhat soggy course.
“Overall, the course was in great shape for the amount of rain we have received recently,” said Grybush as over 20 schools came to Kiel last week Thursday.

Boys race
Coming off his state tournament season a year ago, the Raiders’ Ashton Arnold led most of the way in the boys varsity race, but in a photo finish, Gibraltar’s Evan Henry nipped Nate Griepentrog of Valders for first overall with a time of 16:59. Arnold would place third at 17:05.
Following Arnold with a 16th place time of 18:25 was Noah Watson with Dustin Zychowicz 22nd at 18:56, Elijah Sippel 30th at 19:22 and Travis Kohlmann 52nd at 19:52, to account for Kiel’s 123 points. Defending Division 2 state champ Valders won going away with 47. Other Raider runners had Alex Riebe at 20:11 and Hunter Westermeyer at 21:33.

Binversie leads KHS girls
The Kiel girls suffered a tough loss when star runner Julia Koenig suffered a season-ending knee injury in pre-season workouts. The Raiders would take fourth in the final team standings led by senior Josie Binversie with a strong ninth place finish in 16:53 on the 4k course.
Sydney Binversie came in 20th at 17:43, followed by Ellie Mueller in 29th at 17:57, Kyla Jochimsen 30th at 17:58 and Peyton Koppenhaver 35th at 18:11. That totals 123 points with Plymouth successfully defending their Raider Invite crown with 39 points, well ahead of runnerup Oostburg at 83 and third place Two Rivers’ 89.
Kiel had three other varsity runners. Megan Thiry came in at 18:18, Caitlin Kravick 18:27 and Courtney Halbach 19:00. Leah Kralovetz, a senior from Denmark, was the individual winner at 14:30.

JV races
The Raider JV girls took second to Plymouth. Julie Mueller was the top Raider coming in fourth at 18:39. Next was Kayla Hanson in ninth at 19:21, Jocelyn Aprill tenth at 19:31, Elizabeth Lucas 11th at 19:32 and Kennedie Kautzer 31st at 21:29.
Kiel boys JV’s took fourth with Valders, Plymouth and Wausau East being the top three teams.
Pacing the Raiders was Justin Stephany with an 11th place time of 20:44. The other scoring Raiders included Alex Karls (12th, 20:53), Nick Schmitz (23rd, 21:30), Brandon Stephany (35th, 22:18) and Clayton Meyer (53rd, 23:21).

VanderMeer tops middle schoolers
Kiel dominated the middle school action with the boys easily beatng runnerup Valders, 24-67. Ethan VanderMeer, just a seventh grader, ran the 2400 meter course in a winning time of 8:55. Fellow classmate Pierce Arenz was second overall at 9:34, Aidan Murphy fourth at 19:09, Luke Milski fifth at 10:11 and Duncan VanderMeer 12th at 10:53 for coach Mark Manz.
The girls scored 38 points to beat second place Oostburg by 17 points.
Zoe Watson was second overall at 10:13 with Taylor Schad fifth at 10:52, Aubrey Arnold ninth at 11:23, Lydia VanderMeer 12th at 11:32 and Reagan Isselmann 16th at 11:41.
A huge thank you to coaches Grybush, Peterson, Manz and the Kiel cross country boosters for making another well-run event.