Defending WIAA State Division I girls cross country champion Whitefish Bay has ruled the roost in the North Shore for over a decade, but the Blue Dukes may have some challengers this fall, as Homestead put in an emphatic effort in dominating the 18-team West Allis Central Bulldog Invitational Friday night.
The Highlanders used balance to score just 62 points to outdistance North Shore rival Germantown (129) and Wisconsin Lutheran (135).
Homestead, which was eighth in the state meet last season, put all seven runners in the top 26 in the 120-plus runner field.
Lauren Holtz led the way on the 4,000-meter McCarty Park course, taking fourth in a splendid 14 minutes, 52 seconds time. Other scoring runners included Sarah Miller in 11th (15:31), Caity Bobber 14th (15:40), Kelsey Boyle 16th (15:43) and Carrie Rice 17th (15:45).
Also running for the Highlanders were Keali Bjork in 19th (15:51) and Andrea Dolsky in 26th (16:04).
Germantown was competitive with the Highlanders through four runners, but didn't quite have enough depth to overcome them.
Caitlin Dillon was 13th (15;39), Lizzie Wendt 15th (15:42), Andrea Sielicki 18th (15:51), Mackenzie Erdmann 20th (15:54) and Andrea Brown 63rd (17:27) for the Warhawks. Also running were Becca Rasmussen in 72nd (17:37) and Amanda Brittain in 76th (17:40).
Bay will open its season at the Marshfield Invitational today.
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