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Redbirds, Knights run wild
Photo for the Times: Duke Goetz New Glarus-Monticellos Ryan McCoy (328) and Travis Beutler (362) finished second and third overall Saturday.
PLATTEVILLE - Monroe's boys cross country team finished fifth overall in the Large School Division, while Darlington and New Glarus-Monticello finished first and second, respectively, overall at the Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational, Saturday.

Freshman Ryan McCoy took second overall, finishing the 129-man 5K race in a time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds - five seconds ahead of third-place finisher and NGM senior teammate Travis Beutler and 10 seconds behind Sauk Prairie's Garrett Kerska. Senior Carl Pratt (ninth place, 17:19) gave the Knights three runners in the top 10. Senior Tyler Meier (39th, 18:10) and freshman Alexander Yeiser (42nd, 18:16) rounded out NGM's top five.

Monroe's Joel Henry was the first Cheesemaker to cross the finish line, taking seventh overall with a time of 17:14.

"Joel Henry was in the top ten for the entire race," Monroe coach Dave Hirsbrunner said. "Joel ran another PR (personal record) Saturday."

Henry's time was 52 seconds better than his 2008 mark at the same race.

"Joel's times are really starting to drop. He is leaning how to race better and better all the time. He is putting himself in a position during the race that enables him to be near the top at the end," Hirsbrunner said.

Luke Peterson was the second of Monroe's hounds to finish the race, taking 14th with a time of 17:33. Senior Brandon Mortimer (49th, 18:22) and freshmen Payton Hoesly (54th, 18:25) and Steven Christiansen (61st, 18:38) capped off Monroe's scoring runners.

"We are still young and learning how to compete in the big meets. We will have one more tune-up before the conference championships in Stoughton on Oct. 17," Hirsbrunner said.

Some of Monroe's top runners, Dylan Starck, Jeff Hill and Aaron Peterson, did not participate in the meet.

Darlington, the overall winner and winner of the Small School Division, was led by sophomore Kent Miehe (ninth, 17:29) and senior Jordan Heinberg (10th, 17:30). Junior Connor Roche (13th, 17:32) sophomore Michael Sinclair (19th, 17:42) and freshman Garth Garrison (30th, 18:02) rounded out the Redbirds' scoring.

Albany's Reece Whitehead (17:37) took 15th and teammate, junior Drew Mather, finished a second later for 16th. Tyler Conley was 33rd (18:04).

Chris James led Pecatonica-Argyle with a time of 18:05, which was good enough for 34th place.

Dodgeville was the top scoring school in the Large Division, posting 63 points, one better than Platteville. Sauk Prairie (69) was third, Lodi (82) fourth and Monroe (99) fifth.

Albany finished third in the small school division with 83 total points, followed by Boscobel (101), Brookwood (128) and Pecatonica-Argyle (175). Fennimore, Wisconsin Heights, Belleville, Lancaster, Southwestern, Prairie du Chien, Evansville and Iowa Grant also participated in the meet.