For Shorewood cross country runner Peter Drews and the rest of the division 2 state power Greyhounds, it doesn't matter what the size of the school is that they're competing against, just as long as they get a chance to beat them.
And for the third straight meet the Greyhounds came close to defeating some Division I powers, as behind Drews' individual title, they took a strong third in the 13-school Arrowhead Invitational Thursday evening.
"Our team motto is 'maximum effort'," said Drews. "We don't worry about what we can't control. If we win, so be it, but if we don't it's nice to be competitive."
That attitude is important to Shorewood coach Dominic Newman, whose team has lost to Division I state powers Marquette and Brookfield Central in previous meets and now to Waukesha West (78) and Arrowhead (85) tonight. The Greyhounds were right on the host Warhawks' heels with 87 in recording their first third to go with two seconds.
"It's part of our philosophy," Newman said. "...It's about where we'd like to be and where we think we can be. We have to be competitive with teams like Arrowhead, West and Germantown (fourth with 101) to show that we can rise to the occasion in the big meets when we have to."
And behind the leadership of Drews and third place Ben Tyler, it looks like Shorewood will be rising to the occasion in many meets this fall.
Drews battled with Tyler and Arrowhead's Russell Sandvold for much of the 5,000-meter race.
"We hit a big surge right after the mile mark," Drews said. "Our goal was to get the lead and try to hold out the rest of the way. Ben was a big help in that regard. He even took the lead around the two-mile mark. We made our last big push right around that last back corner (with about 800 meters to go)."
Drews was clocked in 16 minutes, 11 seconds for his win while Sandvold finished second in 16:15, Tyler third (16:19) and Homestead's Nate Routhier fifth (16:30).
Other scoring runners for the Greyhounds included John Taylor in 24th (17:23), Joseph Pendleton in 25th (17:27) and John Papke in 34th (17:44). Also running were Aidan Mazur in 40th (17:52) and Brendan Vorphal in 43rd (17:54).
For Germantown, which made its first state meet appearance last fall, Nick Skidmore was seventh (16:40) and Tim Trapp eighth (16:41). Other scoring runners included Ken Haferkorn in 17th (17:01), Scott Loftus in 27th (17:31), and Kyle Hartmann in 42nd (17:53). Also competing were Ben Baus in 44th (17:56) and Gary Hackney in 53rd (18:03).
Other local teams involved in the meet included Nicolet in sixth (185), Whitefish Bay in seventh (207) and Homestead in eighth (210).
For Nicolet, Nathan Frazer 15th (16:57), Josh Greenberg 18th (17:08) and Ethan Klein 32nd (17:40); while for Bay, Mike Camilleri was 19th (17:09), Casey Easterday 22nd (17:17) and Cole Woodliff 46th (17:57).
For Homestead, Routhier was supported by Alex Mattson in 30th (17:37).
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