Rosholt’s Rzentkowski wins Individual Title at SPASH Invite
By John Kemmeter
Rosholt High School senior Adam Rzentkowski won the Individual Title at the SPASH Invitational at Standing Rocks County Park Saturday, Sept. 8, while the Rosholt boys cross country team won the Small School Division Title.
Rzentkowski finished with a time of 15:50 to win the boys race ahead of SPASH senior Chad Franz (16:17).
Rzentkowski, who placed second at the WIAA Division 3 State Meet last fall as a junior, was set to battle Saturday against Neenah senior Matt Meinke of Neenah, who placed fourth at the Division 1 State Meet last year, but Meinke was held out from running Saturday just prior to the start of the race.
“It was pretty good racing conditions, so I felt pretty good,” said Rzentkowski. “I was looking forward to seeing the 27th ranked guy in the nation (Meinke), but he didn’t race, so I just kept on going with the pace.
“And I was just really looking forward to breaking 16:00 on the course, so I’m pretty happy,” he said. “It’s definitely an important race to me, just seeing all of these Division 1 schools, Division 2 and Division 3 schools, but I’m just really happy to see that I ranked this good against some really good kids out there.”
Junior Matthew Ross was 29th for the Hornets, followed by senior Zach Lepak (46th), senior Isaiah Cherek (67th), sophomore Damian Dulak (68th), senior Bryan Cook (77th), sophomore Sam Trzebiatowski (88th) and senior Cade Bowker (121st).
Rosholt finished fifth among all schools with 204 points behind SPASH (50), Marshfield (104), Neenah (123) and D.C. Everest (178), and ahead of Mosinee (205), Wisconsin Rapids Assumption (208) and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (229).
“We have a young team, which is great, and we’re developing into becoming a better team yet,” said Rzentkowski. “We have more quality workouts ahead of us, and two more months or so before the end of the season, so I’m just looking forward to seeing our team’s progress as a whole, just to get better.”