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Kate Jochims is now a two-time conference champion.

The Muskego sophomore successfully defended her Classic 8 cross-country title by winning the conference championships held Oct. 15 at Lake Denoon Middle School.

Jochims completed the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 8.95 seconds to finish 51 seconds in front of sophomore Libby Geisness of Waukesha South.

The Muskego girls, ranked fifth in the state, took fourth in the team standings with 79 points, finishing behind third-ranked Waukesha West (55 points), second-ranked Arrowhead (64 points) and ninth-ranked Kettle Moraine (78 points).

Freshman Brittany Helm grabbed first team all-conference by taking third overall with a time of 19:03.51. Sophomore Jessica Michala took 14th in 19:45.26 to earn second team all-conference, senior Callie Schulist came in 29th in 20:52.05 and sophomore Elizabeth Missiaen rounded out the scoring lineup by taking 34th in 21:13.48.

Led by a seventh-place finish by senior Kyle Neuroth, Muskego's 18th-ranked boys cross-country team took third place (77 points) behind second-ranked Arrowhead (31 points) and Waukesha North (66 points).

Sophomore Adam Kierzek came in just behind Neuroth, as he finished eighth in 16:41.99. Both Kierzek and Neuroth were first team all-conference.

Junior Gino Pierangeli claimed 18th in 17:16.67, sophomore Tyler Termaat took 19th in 17:19.24 and junior Eric Jensen was 25th in 17:28.85. Freshman Erik Kain's time of 17:31 is the seventh-fastest ninth-grade time in school history.

Muskego's boys and girls cross-country teams will compete in the Kenosha Bradford sectional at UW-Parkside on Oct. 22. The top two teams will qualify for the WIAA state meet on Oct. 29, as will the top five individual finishers from nonqualifying teams.

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