Greenfield - Everybody at Whitnall High School, it seems, got into the celebratory spirit of the new stadium on Friday evening.
The girls cross country team marked the occasion by winning its own invitational in the late afternoon at Hales Corners Park, scoring 41 points to beat second-place Germantown's 59 points.
The Falcons showed strong balance at the top, snaring five of the first 15 spots in the race. Jasmine Van Tine came in third with 16 minutes, 33 seconds, followed by Alyssa Woo in sixth (16:49), Jennifer Bahling seventh (16:49), Kim Hurst 11th (16:58) and Kristy Crivello 14th (17:20).
Kina Cross was 20th (17:29) and Lauren Lent 26th (17:52) to round out Whitnall's runners.
"We had a very good strategy going into the race, and I felt if they stuck with it, we had a very good chance to win," head coach Mike Thompson said. "The girls ran perfectly, and all seven on varsity ran their season-best times, in the pouring rain!
"If they continue to follow the same strategy, I think we'll start seeing some very positive results over the rest of the year."
The Falcons also look strong for the future, as they have no seniors in their top seven.
Whitnall has three runners who are new to cross country this season, sophomores Crivello and Cross, who are both out for the sport for the first time, and freshman Lent.
The rest of the group - Van Tine, Woo, Bahling and Hurst - have run together for three years in high school.
The Whitnall boys placed fourth in the meet with 108 points, led by Alex Richardson in third (16:27).
Derrick Yimsut came in 21st (18:33), Seth Nowak 25th (18:45), Paul Howard 28th (19:06), Blake Stencil 31st (19:16), Jacob Wick 34th (19:39) and Tyler Nape 35th (19:42).
The boys are young too, as Wick is the lone senior in the top seven.
Both teams will next run in the Franklin Invitational on Sept. 14.
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