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McKenzie Kelly, Jerrod Berget run well in WIAC Cross Country Meet

McKenzie Kelly recorded her first top 10 finish of her cross country career at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Meet on Saturday. She was the top local finisher in the 2012 WIAC meet.

Kelly captured ninth place in the 2012 WIAC women's race at the Cole Acres Golf Course in Cuba City. UW-Platteville hosted the meet.

Kelly has been a strong finisher in each of her four years running in the WIAC meet for UW-Oshkosh. Last year she placed 13th in the meet. The year before she finished 20th. As a freshman, she placed 11th.

"I was pleased, happy to end my career in the WIAC with my best individual finish," Kelly said. "I knew I could place in the top 10, but was striving for all-conference honors in the top seven."

Kelly and classmate Christy Cazzola gave Oshkosh a strong 1-2 tandem. Cazzola became the first woman to win three straight WIAC championships, covering the 5,000 meters in 21:16. Kelly finished ninth in 22:35.

Kelly was one of two New Richmond natives running for UW-Oshkosh at Saturday's WIAC championships. In the men's race, Jerrod Berget finished in 43rd pace as the fifth Oshkosh runner. Berget finished the 6,000-meter course in 26:18.

A number of other area runners competed in the WIAC race. Monica Emerson of Somerset ran for UW-Eau Claire in the women's race. The Blugolds won the women's team championship. Emerson was the 10th Eau Claire runner, finishing 64th overall in 24:22.

St. Croix Central had two runners competing on Saturday. Anna Langer was the 10th finisher for the UW-River Falls women. She placed 67th overall, in 24:30.

Central graduate Derrek Pedersen was also running for UW-River Falls. He was the seventh Falcon finisher, placing 71st overall in 27:12.

Osceola had several runners competing in the meet. They were led by Katie Rydeen, who placed fifth in the women's race in 22:17. She was the top finisher for UW-River Falls.

Another Osceola grad in the women's race was senior Kristen Jasperson of UW-Superior. She placed 60th in 24:13 as Superior's fourth runner. She also received a meet Sportsmanship Award.

Running in the men's race from Osceola were Andrew Rohlman of UW-La Crosse and Race Rolling of UW-River Falls. They finished almost side-by-side, with Rohlman 85th in 27:41 and Rolling 86th in 27:43.

Horizon League

St. Croix Central graduate Brett Johnson helped the UW-Milwaukee men's cross country team take third place at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday in Kenosha.

Johnson was UW-Milwaukee's sixth finisher, placing 30th overall in the race with a time of 26:33. Johnson is a freshman for UWM.

All the cross country teams will return to action on Nov. 10 for NCAA regional meets. UW-Milwaukee will compete in the Division 1 meet in Madison and the WIAC schools will compete in the Division III meet in Winneconne.