Kate Jochims has picked up where she left off.
After winning seven of eight races and placing 10th at the state meet as a freshman, Jochims already has three wins in 2016 after claiming the crown Sept. 10 at the South Milwaukee Rocket Invitational at Grant Park.
Jochims finished in 18 minutes, 19.43 seconds to cross the finish line 57 seconds in front of second-place runner Leah Neustedter of Brookfield Central.
"I was really happy with how we ran despite the conditions; Brookfield Central, who beat us, is a tremendous program and deserves a lot of credit," Muskego coach Richard Raney said. "However, we did a great job of working on closing the gap between our number four, five and six runners. That's something that will really help us moving forward."
Muskego, ranked No. 3 in the state, took second place as a team with 64 team points. Eighth-ranked Brookfield Central won the meet with 57.
"I was really happy to see how well our whole team has been improving week by week," Jochims said. "Even though the times didn't really show it, we ran really well together as a group, and I think our result show that."
Freshman Brittany Helm took sixth place in 20:11.61, sophomore Jessica Michala came in 11th at 20:32.20, sophomore Elizabeth Missiaen took 22nd in 21:03.99 and junior Justina Sviatoslavsky rounded out the scoring for the Warriors with a 32nd-place finish in 21:30.05.
"Our team looked really strong today, despite the weather and the sloppy course conditions," Sviatoslavsky said. "We focused on the things we can control, trusted our training and used it to push through the race."
Jochims has not only won her three races by a combined three minutes, 34 seconds, but she has set meet records each time.
"She's off to a great start, and each week we get more and more excited," Raney said.