Teamwork and aggressiveness are two of the focuses for Greendale boys cross country head coach Corey Binnebose this season.
The Panthers are catching on quickly, as they won the East Troy Invitational on Sept. 12 for their second meet victory of this young season. They also won the Palmyra-Eagle meet in the first week of the campaign.
Greendale tallied 55 points to beat second-place Jefferson with 72 points and third-place Kenosha Indian Trail with 80 in the 13-team field.
Joey Unrein captured second place with 17 minutes, 37 seconds and was followed in the top 20 by Hail Kazik, 10th in 18:15; Bobby Lutz, 11th in 18:23; Dan Gnadt, 14th in 18:33; and Tommy Welch, 18th in 18:42. Alex Weber ran 38th (20:08).
If that seems like a tightly-knit group, it is no accident.
"The team is starting to work on running with teammates in practice that they are next to in races," Binnebose said. "The boys are really getting the idea of being aggressive in a race while bringing teammates with them. I have said it is more fun to pass competitors while running with a teammate."
The Panthers' combined team time of 1:31.28 is the best for the school at East Troy in five seasons, and the top five runners all earned medals.
The Greendale junior varsity team also won, scoring 29 points and placing seven runners in the top 15.
The girls squad ran 12th with 287 points. Taylor Wilson took 36th (19:17), Kacee Ochalek 60th (20:08), Natalie Burton 62nd (20:17), Sophie Barutzke 63rd (20:29), Alaina Thomson 73rd (21:02), Shannon Spitzer 80th (21:32), Stephanie Mogensen 83rd (22:05) and Alexa Unrein 84th (22:05).
The Panthers were without their top runner, Hannah Polenske, who was injured.
"The top 10 to 11 girls on our team are mixing it up and making competition for our varsity squad," Binnebose said. "We have had a different lineup each of the three meets."
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