The North Shore Conference boys cross country meet last Saturday at Tendick Park had a fairly predictable finish as Germantown won its third straight title, but the individual crown was not determined until well after the race was over.
Homestead's Nate Routhier had won what would have been his second individual title in a row, but was later disqualified for a uniform violation. According to the rules, all parts of a runner's attire that are visible - including undergarments - have to match that of the rest of the team.
"I'll take partial blame for that," said Highlander coach Dan Claussen. "It's a real shame that it had to happen."
That tossed the individual crown down to Whitefish Bay senior Mike Camilleri, who clocked in at 16 minutes, 28 seconds on the 5,000-meter course as he led the Blue Dukes to a strong runner-up finish.
"The guys really ran a great race," said Bay coach Mike Miller. "We really put together a great team race. I couldn't be more proud of the way the guys stepped up. Our senior leadership really showed up today."
Bay will be at the WIAA Brookfield Central sectional on Saturday, while Homestead and Nicolet will return to Tendick on the same day. Both races are set to start at 11 a.m. with the top two teams and first five individuals not on those teams advancing to the WIAA State Meet.
With the adjustment made for the disqualification, Bay finished with 49 points at the NSC meet, as Germantown won with 36. Homestead was still fourth with 125, and Nicolet placed fifth with 142.
Camilleri was three seconds ahead of Germantown's Tim Trapp in earning first-team All-North Shore honors. He was joined in that distinction by Nate Gomoll, who was eighth (17:07) while Casey Easterday in ninth (17:13) and Devon Lawler in 13th (17:24) were second-team all-NSC.
Jordan Lester in 18th (17:41) rounded out the team scoring for Bay and earned honorable mention all-league.
Also running for the Blue Dukes were Bobby Rinka in 34th (18:20), Cole Woodliff in 35th (18:23) and Andrew Searles in 41st (18:41). The senior leadership Miller referred to included Camilleri, Easterday, Lawler, Rinka and Woodliff.
Homestead was led by four honorable mention All-NSC selections including Alex Vielmetti in 20th (17:43), Kale Mason in 22nd (17:56), Alex Greeley in 23rd (17:57) and Eric Railsback in 24th (17:59).
Brandon Beschta rounded out the scoring in 38th (18:36).
"It was just an OK day," said Claussen.
For Nicolet, Josh Greenberg made a welcome return from bronchitis to earn first-team All-NSC honors.
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