The Living Word Lutheran High School girls cross country are the Midwest Classic Conference champs! They placed three girls in the top ten all earning All-Conference honors. Their 39 team points easily outdistanced the nearest competitor, St. Joseph, who scored 74. While this championship probably wasn’t so surprising considering the Lady T-wolf success this season – earning four meet titles already – it was surprising how it was accomplished.

The varsity race saw Becca Gosselin take the early lead as expected. Gosselin has won several meets this season and was ranked among the state’s best in division three. All appeared to be going as expected until after the first mile when Gosselin began experiencing leg cramps. By mile two Gosselin was in obvious pain and struggling just to keep running. With Gosselin struggling, teammate Stephanie Rutkowski rose to the occasion. Running in third place, she outkicked Martin Luther’s runner in the last quarter to win the race.

Meanwhile,Gosselin courageously gutted out the final half mile to finish in fifth place. Lauren Weiss held
on to the tenth spot taking the Living Word All-Conference runner total to three. Despite the gutty, tough performances and a first ever cross country conference title, the girls were subdued. Their concern over their leader and top runner was evident. By awards, Gosselin seemed to have recovered and the magnitude of a conference championship was sinking in.

Other notable performances were turned in by Rachel Gosselin who moved into the fourth varsity spot. She placed 14th nearly reaching All-Conference herself. Katie Ziemann was just behind her in 16th place. In the junior varsity race, Annalise Jasinski finished in third place putting her back on varsity for the sectional meet next Saturday. Korean exchange student, Ella Byun finished her season strong with a personal record.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS - VARSITY (1) Stephanie Rutkowski – 16:20; (5) Becca Gosselin – 16:50; (10) Lauren Weiss – 17:16; (14) Rachel Gosselin – 17:31; (16) Katie Ziemann – 17:35; (44) Emilie Wipperfurth – 19:22; (61) Jamie Heberer – 20:59 JUNIOR VARSITY – (3) Annalise Jasinski – 19:00; (19) Ella Byun 22:09

TEAM RESULTS – 1. LIVING WORD 39; 2. St. Joseph 74; 3. Lake Country 78; 4. University School 91; 5. Prairie School 98; 6. Brookfield Academy 114; 7. Christian Life 165; 8. Shoreland Lutheran 199 - 3 other teams incomplete

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