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Led by a first-place finish from sophomore Kate Jochims, Muskego's girls cross-country team took second place at the Jamie Block Challenge in West Bend.

The Warriors finished behind Sun Prairie, which finished fourth at the state meet last season.

"I'm really happy with how Kate and the rest of the team have started the season," Warriors girls cross-country coach Richard Raney said. "It is clear that they all have put a lot of work in over the summer to be ready to not only improve on their 18th-place finish at the WIAA state meet but have the best season they can have."

Jochims, who placed 10th individually at last year's state meet, won the race with a time of 18:24.94, nearly 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

"I was nervous coming into this race because it was the first one of the year, and I wanted to continue the success that I had as a freshman," Jochims said. "I looked at what I ran last year and set a goal to try and run each mile as evenly as I could and try to improve on my time from last year.

"I've had the best summer of running I've ever had; I am really excited to see what this season holds for me. I know there is some great competition out there, and I can't wait to push myself each week to help our team."

Freshman Brittany Helm placed 13th at 19:59, sophomore Jessica Michala was 16th at 20:02, sophomore Elizabeth Missiaen finished 40th at 20.52 and senior Callie Schulist was 42nd at 20:55.

"We couldn't be happier with how our season has started," Schulist said. "Our team did a great job of motivating each not only at practice but outside of practice and during the offseason. I can't wait to see how much out hard work pays off."

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