Although her team did not appear in the meet standings, Greenfield's Tashjanae Holmes certainly made her mark in a WIAA Division 1 cross-country sectional on Oct. 22.
Holmes ran a school-record 19 minutes, 54 seconds over the five-kilometer course at Grant Park in South Milwaukee to finish 11th individually and earn the final qualifying spot for this week's state meet.
Also qualifying for state by capturing the final spot on the boys side is Marshall Rushton of West Allis Hale, who came in 11th with 16:51.
Both Holmes and Rushton will compete at state on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Holmes might be first
Holmes, a junior, beat 12th-place finisher Sophie Tasker of Brookfield East by four seconds to win her state spot. Coach Leslie Cimermancic said, as far as he knows, she might be the first girl from Greenfield to ever run in the state cross-country meet.
Holmes was one of three Greenfield entries in the sectional. Maya Schroeter placed 31st (22:02) and Zoey Zunker 34th (22:28). Because the Hustlin' Hawks did not have a complete team, they were not given any points in the overall standings.
Rushton of Hale, also a junior, claimed his state qualifying spot by topping Job Roloff of Greendale with his 16:57. Roloff had run among the leaders in just about every meet this season for the Panthers.
Following Rushton for the Huskies were Jimmy Pomeroy in 41st (17:48), Jack Wanner 43rd (18:09), Brent McLure 46th (18:15), Cameron Christenson 51st (18:34) and Jaysen Bagbey 53rd (18:48).
The Huskies finished fifth as a team with 170 points.
The Greenfield boys team and the Hale girls squad did not send anyone to state but had some good individual efforts.
For the Hustlin' Hawks, who finished 10th with 290 points, Nathaniel Schroeter ran 44th (18:12), Dakota Kumbera 47th (18:18), Alex Schroeter 64th (19:38), Scott Taddey 67th (19:52) and Jack Tremarella 68th (20:04).
Cimermancic said he was happy with the strides both Greenfield teams made this season.
"The boys started the season without a full varsity team but ended by having a full team with each runner posting sub-20-minute times," the coach said. "The biggest highlight, though, is having Tashjanae qualify for state."
The Hale girls tallied 160 points for sixth place. Rachel Pavek led the way with 27th (21:39), followed by Bella Slotke in 29th (21:56), Rebecca Koshen 33rd (22:22), Christy Einberger 35th (22:34), Bella Kirkpatrick 49th (23:21) and Julia Smessaert 56th (23:58).
Coach Terry Labinski said five of the six girls ran personal bests, including Einberger, who was 1 minute, 23 seconds lower than her previous best.
"The girls finished the year running at their best, and that was one of our goals for the season," Labinski said.