A strange season finished with a storybook ending for the Kiel boys cross country team.
With several meets postponed due to the COVID pandemic, the Raiders went to state for the 11th time in school history and came away with their best-ever finish.
Kiel placed second behind surprise winner La Crosse Aquinas at the WIAA Division 2 State Championships moved to Colby High School from Wisconsin Rapids. On top of that, the Raiders finished ahead of Valders, who placed fourth. Valders was looking to win its fourth consecutive D2 state title.
Freshman Ethan Vander Meer led the Raiders placing 26th overall in 17:23.56, Next was senior Noah Watson in 29th at 17:26.61 with senior Travis Kohlmann, making a return trip to state, placing 36th in 17:31.97. Pierce Arenz, a freshman, was 40th at 17:39.26, senior Hunter Westermeyer 65th in 18:06.44, junior Alex Karls 107th at 19:30 and senior Brandon Stephany, 109th at 19:36.
Girls have great day
Kiel also had three individual qualifiers on the girls side at state. Sophomore Zoe Watson was the top Raider coming in 18th overall at 20:16.13 while junior Jocelyn Aprill was 39th at 20:56 and senior Ellie Mueller 57th in 21:35.