Led by Wil Cram’s personal record, the Oregon boys cross country team placed ninth at a WIAA Division 1 sectional on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Naga-Waukee Park in Hartland.

Cram crossed the finish line with a time of 17 minutes, 50.1 seconds to lead the Panthers. That time was good for 22nd out of 84 runners.

“I wasn’t expecting a lot going into the race at first,” Cram said. “First mile I was going slower than I normally would. As soon as I got into the groove of things, second and third mile, I started picking it up and passing people.”

Oregon collected 243 points at the sectional, which was good for ninth out of 12 teams.

Sun Prairie junior Mateo Alvarado raced to the individual sectional championship with a time of 16:09.1. Oconomowoc junior Zachariah Vance’s (16:13.9) and teammate Hayden Triebold (16:24.1) placed second and third, respectively, to lead the Racoons to the team title with 43 points. Sun Prairie also advanced to state as a team with 72 points, which was good for runner-up honors.

“Today was perfect conditions,” Oregon head coach Erik Haakenson said. “It was the right time of the season to have the best race of the year.”

Senior Ty Pieper finished second among Oregon runners with a time of 18:48.8. That was good for 45th overall. Senior Odin Beck earned a 57th-place finish with a time of 19:15.

Oregon was rounded out with senior Turner Sieren (19:19.3) and sophomore Noah Lisowski (19:20.1).

Oregon’s No. 1 runner, Yordanos Zelinski, did not race at the sectional meet.

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