Harriers capture team titles at Neillsville

It was a clean sweep for the Sparta cross country teams in Tuesday’s Warrior Invitational at Neillsville.
The Spartan harriers picked up a pair of huge wins at the Levis-Trow Mounds Recreational Area, capturing first in both the boys and girls races.
Sparta Boys
Three Spartans finished in the top 10 to lift the Sparta boys to the team title in the 18-team invitational.
Max Engh and Caleb Pokorny paced Sparta with top five finishes.
Engh captured third in the 141-runner field with a time of 17:59.7, while Pokorny was right behind in fifth place with a time of 18:21.5.
Sam Forbes turned in a time of 18:26 to capture seventh place for Sparta, while Nick Stritchko and Trygve Zurfluh finished 18th and 22nd, respectively, with times of 19:15.4 and 19:25.1.
Kole Nelson completed the 5,000-meter course in 19:43.2 to finish 30th, while Garett Lydon rounded out Sparta’s top seven runners with a 43rd-place finish in 20:37.0.
The Sparta harriers captured the team title with 55 points, while Medford came in second with 57 points.
Cross-county rival Tomah and Abbotsford-Colby both finished with 84 team tallies to tie for third, while Eau Claire Immanuel finished with 148 points in fifth.
Sparta Girls
A pair of freshman and a senior led the way with top-five finishes, lifting the Lady Spartan harriers to the championship.
Freshman Taylor Winterton finished in second place with a time of 22:02.5 on the 5,000-meter course, while freshman Angie Talsky turned in a time of 22:31.4 to finish in fourth.
Senior Devyn Kenworthy earned fifth with a time of 22:34.3, while Junior Aly Laufenberg and sophomore Kari O’Rourke came in seventh and 23rd, respectively, with times of 22:51.3 and 24:29.9.
Freshman Bailey Pierce rounded out Sparta’s field of runners, turning in a time of 25:30.8 to finish 35th in the 112-runner field.
Sparta captured the team title with 33 points, while Medford finished in second with 41.
Third place went to Eau Claire Regis with 112 points, followed by Chippewa Valley in fourth with 131 and Abbottsford-Colby with 155 points in fifth.
The Spartan harriers are back in action Tuesday, when they hit the road for the 4 p.m. Holmen Invitational.

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