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Holtz, Vielmetti earn state CC berths for Homestead

Holtz has plans on great finish in girls race

Oct. 25, 2011

Continuing her strong surge that began in last spring's track season, Homestead's Lauren Holtz earned a strong individual state berth in last Saturday's WIAA sectional meet at Tendick Park.

Meanwhile, Homestead's Alex Vielmetti will represent at state a Highlander boys' team whose strength was always in numbers this year.

Holtz's coach, Victor Vilar, said there is a great opportunity for Holtz in what looks to be an extremely deep state meet field Saturday at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

"We were even talking about this last year when she was still running well," said Vilar. "Back then, we were talking top 10. It didn't quite work out last year, but she's doing so much better this year, but there are now just so many great competitors out there."

"But she broke 15 minutes here at Tendick (at the sectional) so the goal now is to see if she can break 15 at state. She does that, she can look at the top 15. It would be a pretty good option."

Meanwhile, boys coach Dan Claussen is happy for Vielmetti as he is someone who has steadily moved up the ranks in his career.

"He's been out for three years and he's just one of those kids who has just gotten better and better each year," said Claussen. "He missed by two places last year but he put himself in position this year to do something."

The girls D1 race will be at 12:20 p.m. Saturday and the boys run at 2:20 p.m.

Holtz's third-place individual finish at the sectional led the Highlanders to a third-place team showing with 116 points. Arrowhead (23) and West Bend West (71) grabbed the state team berths.

"There was a slight bit of disappointment (that we didn't make team state)," said Vilar, "but it wasn't a horrible meet on our part by any means and even if we had run magnificently, it probably wouldn't have been enough."

Holtz was clocked in 14:58 for her spot as Arrowhead's Jackie Dubnicka won in 14:41.

Holtz got help from Elisabeth Balistreri in 17th (15:56), Meredith Frank in 22nd (16:15), Helen Lewis in 33rd (16:48) and Abby Claussen in 41st (17:01).

Also running were Alex Holtz in 54th (17:32) and Lindsay Berman in 61st (17:45).

"Most of the girls ran better competitively than they did last week (at the conference meet at Tendick)," said Vilar. "So we can't be too disappointed."

Vielmetti took 10th as the fourth of five individual qualifiers for state. He was clocked on the 5,000-meter course in 16:47.

He led the Highlanders to a third-place team finish with 99 points as Arrowhead (19) and Wauwatosa East (79) claimed the state team slots.

"We were actually in good position through about 3,000 meters," Claussen said of grabbing a team slot, "but in that last 1,000 meters Tosa East just pulled away. Their (top) five kids ran very hard."

"It's just getting a little frustrating. This is the fourth year a row that we have finished third in sectional. We have to be due for a breakthrough one of these years."

Other scoring runners for the Highlanders included Trevor Cho in 16th (17:04), Kale Mason in 19th (17:19), Ben Jurenec in 24th (17:24) and Nikhil Ramnarayan in 30th (17:35).

Also competing were Alex Greeley in 38th (17:56) and Brandon Beschta in 39th (18:03).

"We had a good game plan," said Claussen. "We just took care of what we could control and tried to give ourselves a chance."

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