Luxemburg-Casco No. 6 Runner Dives to Advance Team

Alsteen dives to the finish to achieve a season best and a sectional birth for the Spartans. Photograph courtesy of the sectionals live stream by Mark Eben of XM Timing. 

Cross country coaches all across the nation use the old adage, "Every point counts," to drive accountability across their teams from the first runner all the way to the seventh runner. Everyone has a role to play; the difference between one runner and the next can make or break a team's victory.

Alsteen and Kasten battling with two Chilton athletes at the finish stretch. Photo courtesy of Katie Waege.

That has never been more evident than at Tuesday's
Luxemburg-Casco 5A Sub-Sectional Meet, when Senior Tanner Alsteen made a herculean effort to close the gap between himself and senior teammate Logan Kasten.  In what shall forever be referred to as "The Dive", Alsteen dove across the finish line for a 32 second season best. And the best part? 

1Shane Griepentrog11Valders16:02.271
2Clay Taylor11Valders16:19.982
3Mitchell Braun11Valders17:11.843
4Spencer Thiry10Luxemburg-Casco17:20.404
5Eric East12Chilton17:25.245
6Zach Fries11Two Rivers17:29.326
7Isaac Rugowski12Valders17:33.357
8Brayden Sabel10Valders17:39.588
9Alek Lemke12Chilton17:50.379
10Peyton Dietrich12Valders17:53.1410
11Christian Kauth12Valders17:54.5511
12Lucas Soquet12Denmark18:06.3212
13Brady Woelfel10Chilton18:31.2513
14Michael Otradovec11Luxemburg-Casco18:33.1214
15Gabe Havel10Luxemburg-Casco18:34.5015
16Conner Hartwig12Two Rivers19:03.3516
17Lance Cherovsky9Luxemburg-Casco19:07.9117
18Gabe Ragsdale12Two Rivers19:08.1318
19Caleb Kurth10Two Rivers19:09.4619
20Logan Kasten12Luxemburg-Casco19:23.6920
21Tanner Alsteen12Luxemburg-Casco19:24.7021
22Cordale Fhlug9Chilton19:25.2722
23Will Fuerbringer10Chilton19:26.7023

"The Dive" effectively sealed a sectionals birth for the Spartans as they finished two points ahead of third place Chilton and Alsteen finished less than a second ahead of Chilton's fourth runner and just two seconds ahead of their fifth runner. Watch the finish below.

Courtesy of Mark Eban of XM Timing.

Luxemburg-Casco will be competing at their sectional meet this Friday! Special thanks to Matt Poirier of Denmark High School for the tip and Mark Eben of XM Timing for the video. For all your WIAA postseason coverage, stay tuned to MileSplit Wisconsin!

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