The Sparta Middle School cross country teams hosted a large invitational at Meadowview Tuesday afternoon.
Sparta’s middle school boys varsity team earned a fifth-place finish in the 11-team invite, while the girls varsity squad landed in ninth place.
In middle school junior varsity action, the Sparta boys placed fifth and the Lady Spartan harriers captured sixth.
Ethan Anderson earned a top-10 finish to lead the varsity boys team to fifth.
Anderson finished the race in 12:39 to land in ninth place overall.
Izak Anderson came in just three spots back in 13th place for Sparta with a time of 12:45, while Sam Evanson turned in a time of 13:08 to land in 22nd place.
Yahir Hernandez-Bautista added a 32nd place finish for the young Spartan harriers in 13:36, while Alex Bartels rounded out Sparta’s top five scorers when he finished 36th in 13:46.
In addition, Esteban Rodriguez turned in a time of 13.49 in 43rd for the Spartans, while Brennen Kenworthy finished in 55th with a time of 14:24.
West Salem won the boys varsity race with 49 points, followed by Tomah in second With 68, Holmen in third with 79, Onalaska in fourth with 94 and Sparta with 109 points in fifth.
Molly Moore’s top-25 finish led the young Lady Spartan varsity squad.
Moore completed the race in 15:06 to finish in 25th place, while teammate Emma Blackdeer came in 44th with a time of 15:36.
Shannon Hoffman and Morgan Intihar finished 50th and 55th, respectively, for the Lady Spartan harriers with times of 15:50 and 16:17, while Natalie Spencer rounded out Sparta’s top five with a 66th-place finish in 17:02.
Olivia Kenworthy added a 68th-place finish in 17:08 for Sparta, while Makayla Henthorne finished one place back in 69th with a time of 17:20.
Onalaska finished with 43 points to capture the team title, followed by Holmen in second with 64 and La Crosse Longfellow with 109 points in third.
The Lady Spartan harriers finished ninth with 224 team tallies.
Vaughn Rice led the way for the jayvee boys with a 21st-place finish in 14:20.
Daniel Kukowski and Austin Bartels finished in 24th and 35th place, respectively, for Sparta with times of 14:37 and 14:57, while Justin Ferguson turned in a time of 15:20 in 50th place.
Brady Towne rounded out Sparta’s top five scorers with a 64th-place finish in 15:46, while Lucas Johnson and Adam Thompson came in 66th and 70th, respectively, with times of 15:56 and 16:11.
Other Spartans competing in the race and their times and places include Ben Parent, 71st in 16:16; Ben Evanson, 78th in 16:28; Thomas Treu, 82nd in 16:41; Joel Martinez-Sherin, 85th in 16:47; Dayton Schanenberger, 87th in 16:53; Ivan Hurtado-Pahuamba, 88th in 16:55; Wyatt Michael, 99th in 17:15; Luis Hernandez, 112th in 18:02; James McSwain, 123rd in 19:19; Kaydyn McAnany, 133rd in 21:52; and Jarett Bernett, 136th in 22:59.
Holmen won the jayvee boys title with 29 points, followed by West Salem in second with 66, Tomah in third with 78, La Crosse Lincoln in fourth with 130 and Sparta with 141 in fifth.
Nadia Laufenberg led the Lady Spartan junior varsity team with a time of 17:35 in 43rd place.
Taylor Henthorne added a 50th-place finish in 17:49, while Jordan Hone and Amanda Jaeger finished 52nd and 53rd, respectively, with times of 17:53.11 and 17:53.49.
Carys Sullivan rounded out Sparta’s top five finishers with a time of 18:00 in 55th place, while Amana Myers came in one place back in 56th with a time of 18:01.
Other Lady Spartans competing in the race and their times and places were Sommer Moan, 78th in 19:28; Victoria Freeman, 86th in 20:19; Emily Sommers, 104th in 23:10; Grace Bainter, 106th in 24:07; Alexis Henry, 107th in 24:47; Alexis Stahl, 108th in 25:19.
Onalaska won the jayvee girls team title with 19 points, followed by West Salem in second with 42, Holmen in third with 96, Longfellow in fourth with 116, Viroqua in fifth with 144 and Sparta with 191 in sixth place.