It may be a bit early for this, but I’ll move from rankings to estimates on who’s coming out of Sectionals in D1 boys competition. I think the vast majority of these sectionals are pretty easy to call, but there is one in particular that is C.R.A.Z.Y.
Sectional 1 (@ Chippewa Falls): in pretty easy fashion, HUDSON wins the sectional. The real question is who else, after Onalaska jumped up and took the 2nd position last year. I’m going with LACROSSE LOGAN.
Sectional 2 (@ Stevens Point): STEVENS POINT gets easy street once again, and brings APPLETON NORTH along for the ride.
Sectional 3 (@ Manitowoc Lincoln): In a tight competition for sectional champs, KIMBERLY comes out on top just 2 points ahead of GREEN BAY PREBLE.
Sectional 4 (@ Oshkosh North): A rising WEST BEND WEST team knocks off the surprise team of the season in NEENAH for the sectional championship…but NEENAH gets the last laugh one week later.
Sectional 5 (@ Deforest): Usually this is the sectional that we are all crying over 3 ranked teams staying home, but not this year, MIDDLETON and MAD WEST breeze thru with ease, but Madison Memorial brings 3 individuals along for the ride to Rapids.
Sectional 6 (@ Beloit Memorial): Did I say CRAZY earlier? 5 ranked teams in Sun Prairie, Oconomowoc, Monona Grove, Mad Lafollette, and Craig, what is to think about this one? I guess I’m going with SUN PRAIRIE and MONONA GROVE, but really it could be any combination of the 5 teams.
Sectional 7 (@ Mukwonago): It’s really a shame that Oconomowoc isn’t competing in this sectional! ARROWHEAD runs to victory with their depth, followed by WAUKESHA NORTH in a very distant 2nd place. Hard to stomach for a team as good as Oconomowoc if they don’t get in, isn’t it. Would have been very easy for a New Berlin team, Burlington, Whitnall to stay in the less competitive South Milwaukee or Milwaukee King sectionals and have Oconomowoc in this one!
Sectional 8 (@ South Milwaukee): SOUTH MILWAUKEE may be able to rest this week and still get thru sectionals, with MARQUETTE joining them as the 2nd team out of this sectional. Some individual runners at 17:20 are going to potentially make it out of this sectional.
Sectional 9 (@ Milwaukee King): HOMESTEAD and GERMANTOWN no real debate, not even a co-op team made up of kids from 6 different schools can de-throne either of these teams.
Sectional 10 (@ Kenosha Bradford): BRADFORD is probably the sure thing, but after that ? MUSKEGO looks to be as good of a bet as any to have more red and white jersey’s running around Rapids at the end of October.
This year more than ever, there probably was a great opportunity for the 9 ranked teams in sectional 6-10 (all within an hour of each other by the way) to be dispersed across the sectionals to allow for a more competitive WIAA state meet…but…I’ll let you fill in the blanks _________________________.
The stretch run is fast approaching, will be fun to watch. Conditions permitting, could there be 5 runners below 15:30 at Rapids on October 29th? Inquiring minds want to know.