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Sussex Hamilton runners pack together a Watertown showcase

Sept. 1, 2014

Hamilton's varsity cross country teams visited the Glen Herold Invitational in Watertown on Aug. 30. The boys finished in seventh place out of 14 teams against top-flight competition from the Madison Area.

"Our sixth through second runners were only separated by 55 seconds," coach Stephen Schmidt said. "That's a really good sign. As the season progresses and the boys get more polished, they will be a very tough team."

Josh Desorcy's time was 17:32. It was the second-fastest time ever run by a Hamilton runner on the Watertown course, with only eventual University of Minnesota runner Marcus Paulson running faster. Desorcy ended up placing ninth in a deep field.

"He was strong to the finish line, and we are expecting big things to come from Josh," Schmidt said.

Steven Smith was second to finish for Hamilton at 18:48, placing 37th overall out of 360 competitors.

Sean Thompson was 43rd at 19:02, and Ben Burke was 44th at 19:05. Eric Downs was 58th (19:52), Michael Swope finished 60th (19:43) and Blake Batzko took 63rd (19:54).

"Freshman Michael Swope had a huge debut for us," Schmidt said. "For comparison sake, Josh ran 20:27 at this meet as a freshman."

Madison West won the team scoring with 43 points. Hamilton had 191 points.

Emma Woelfel was the fastest runner for Hamilton's girls with a 17:00 clocking that placed her seventh overall.

"Emma looked really strong on Saturday," Schmidt said. "Our strategy was to run smart and controlled early in the race, and she did that. She was passing competitors right up to the end of the race."

Rachel Jeffers was 31st for Hamilton at 17:56, and Riley Swope was 34th overall with a time of 18:15. Anna Selestow ended up 45th at 18:40 and Emerson Vesely was 53rd at 19:02. Carolyn Troutman was 57th, and Erin Heaster finished 61st.

"Danielle Spence ran a massive personal best of 19:17," Schmidt said. "The course at Watertown is the slowest we run by far. Very, very few runners are able to record a personal record on that course."

Schmidt liked the early returns.

"I'm positive we are going to get much stronger as the season progresses," he added.

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