Girls XC team shines at Verona Invite

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Rob Reischel
Lauren Pansegrau helped Middleton’s girls cross country team finish third at the Verona Invite./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Many of the state’s top teams — and runners — were at the Verona Invite last Saturday.

So as Alexa Richardson and her band of Middleton runners headed home after the meet, they felt extremely good about the season that awaits.

Middleton finished third overall at the 23-team invite. Madison West won the meet with 64 points, while Onalaska (65), Middleton (81), New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way Central (140) and Madison Memorial (144) rounded out the top five.

“We were pleased with third place,” Richardson said. “There was a lot of good competition at this invitational this year. In my opinion, at least four of the top seven teams in the state were there, so third place was a great start.”

Middleton sophomore Lauren Pansegrau finished third individually, completing the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 39.8 seconds.

“Lauren was in a difficult position, running by herself for three-quarters of the race, yet still ran about 40 seconds faster than last year,” Richardson said.

Kiara Malloy-Salgado was 10th in 19:44.0, while sister Zaira Malloy-Salgado was 12th in 19:51.2. Maddie Ruszkiewicz was 27th in 20:35.0, while Bella Chirafisi was 31st 20:43.7.

“Kiara and Zaira proved to be valuable additions to our program,” Richardson said of the newcomers. “Bella Chirafisi raced alongside Maddie Ruszkiewicz for most of the race, rounding out our top-five.”

Middleton now heads to the star-studded Hartland Arrowhead Invite Thursday at 5:25 p.m.

“The girls are hyped for their next race,” Richardson said. “The momentum from Verona has them very anxious to place up their spikes again.”



Team scores: Madison West 64, Onalaska 65, Middleton 81, New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way Central 140, Madison Memorial 144, Sun Prairie 146, Verona 223, Wisconsin Dells 228, Oregon 246, Monona Grove 262, Fort Atkinson 329, Watertown Luther Prep 359, McFarland 366, Beaver Dam 372, Baraboo 384, Platteville 408, Stoughton 439, New Glarus/Monticello 472, Mauston 495, La Crosse Aquinas 521, Whitewater 675.

Top 10 individuals — 1, Nashold, MW, 17:40; 2, Kora Malececk, Ona, 17:53; 3, Pansegrau, Mid, 18:40; 4, Kopotic, SP, 19:12; 5, Rohrer, MW, 19:19; 6, A. Malaceck, Ona, 19:24; 7, C. Greblo, MW, 19:27; 8, Lovejoy, FA, 19:39; 9, Baumgartner, LWC, 19:43; 10, K. Malloy-Salgado, Mid, 19:44.

Middleton: 3, Pansegrau 18:40; 10, K. Malloy-Salgado 19:44; 12, Z. Malloy-Salgado 19:52; 27, Ruszkiewicz 20:35; 31, Chirafisi 20:44.

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