by mont on October 23, 2016

Congratulations to the Sparta Boy’s Cross Country Team and Individual Taylor Winterton on qualifying for the WIAA State Cross Country Meet.

What a great day of racing for the Boy’s Cross Country team. The Spartans came into today’s Sectional needing to finish in the top two to qualify for State. Lead by a great group of seniors they secured 2nd place and will advance to State next Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. The Spartans finished a close 2nd with 82 points to Champion Viroqua with 77. They out ran conference champions Mauston and Altoona to finish a strong 2nd in the 15 team field. Leading the Spartans was Max Engh with a time of 17:40 to finish 6th overall. Max was just one second off his best time of the year. Finishing 2nd for the Spartans was Caleb Pokorny running his best time of the year in 18:02 to finish 13th. Close behind were Izak Anderson 18:14 for 19th place, Kole Nelson 18:15 (his career best) for 20th place, Sam Forbes 18:21 (his season best) for 24th place, Ethan Anderson 18:47 for 38th place and Chad Merow 18:53 (his career best) for 41st place.
Viroqua won the meet with 77 pts., Sparta was 2nd with 82, and Altoona was 3rd with 115 pts.
Complete boys results can be found here:…/Cross_Country/2016/bbrfsectional.htm

In the girl’s race the Spartans finished 5th overall in the 15 team field. Taylor Winterton ran her way to the State Tournament with an impressive 3rd place finish overall in a time of 19:47. A strong pack of Sparta girls followed close behind led by Aly Laufenberg 22:30 30th overall, Angie Talsky 22:47 31st, Tori Hanson 23:08 36th, Kari O’Rourke 23:10 39th, Lydia Hone 25:59 67th and Julianna Pokorny 26:15 72nd. The girl’s race was won by Wisconsin Dells with 56 pts. followed by Westby with 61. Sparta was 5th with 128 pts.
Complete girl’s results:…/Cross_Country/2016/gbrfsectional.htm

The boy’s team will race next Saturday at 12:35 PM; Taylor will run at 2:25 PM. The State Meet is held in Wisconsin Rapids at the Ridges GC.


Taylor Winterton, Aly Laufenberg and Max Engh earn MVC All-Conference Honors. The Spartans ran well at today’s MVC Championships, it may not show up in the team standings, but individually many of the Spartan runners ran their best times of the year. The MVC is an extremely tough and competitive cross country conference headed by several ranked boy’s and girl’s teams. The Spartans are still in their training phase and peaking to run their best at next week’s WIAA Sectional.
In the girl’s varsity race, sophomore Taylor Winterton for the 2nd straight year earned 1st Team All-MVC Honors by finishing in 4th place overall in a time of 19:40. Senior Aly Laufenberg earned her 3rd consecutive MVC Honorable Mention Award finishing 20th in a season best time of 21:48. Close behind were Angie Talsky 25th in her season best time of 22:11, Kari O’Rourke 35th in her season best time of 22:45, Tori Hanson 38th also in a season best 23:06, Lydia Hone 47th in her best time of 25:11 and Julianna Pokorny 49th in 25:33. Alyssa Falkner finished the JV race in her season best time of 31:26. The girl’s varsity team finished 5th overall.
The boy’s teams were led by senior Max Engh who finished 18th overall in a season best time of 17:31 to earn All MVC Honorable Mention honors. Izak Anderson was next for the Spartans finishing 28th in 17:53, Caleb Pokory was 35th in 18:11, Ethan Anderson 37th in his season best time of 18:14, Kole Nelson 47th in 18:48, Sam Forbes 48th in 18:53 and Chad Merow 49th in 19:15. In the JV race Mathias Krein led the Spartans overall with a career best time of 19:27, he was followed by Ryan Mohr running his best time ever in 19:45, Sean Ferguson ran his career best in 20:28, Brennen Kenworthy finished in 20:46 and Brady Towne finished in 22:08. the varsity boy’s team finished 7th overall.
The varsity boy’s and girl’s team are excited to head to WIAA Sectionals next Saturday, October 22 at Black River Falls. This is the meet our runners have been working towards and focusing on since the season began. Expect to see a focused, excited and confident group of Spartans next week as they make their drive for State.
Complete boy’s results can be seen here:
Complete girl’s results:


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