Putz Takes 5th at NXN, Babcock Places Top-20 at RunningLane

Nike Cross Nationals

After finishing runner-up at NXR Heartland, Manny Putz closed his junior season with a fifth-place finish on the national stage at NXN. Despite a slip-up in the early meters of the race, Putz worked his way up, closing just short of the top finishing positions. Battling muddy conditions, he crossed the line in 15:23, behind seniors Austin Westfall (4th, 15:22), Nathan Neil (3rd, 15:18), Cameron Todd (2nd, 15:18), and 2023 NXN champion JoJo Jourdon (15:16).

In the team competition, Stevens Point took 16th, led by a 15:26 effort from Aloysius Franzen, who placed 22nd individually.

On the girls' side, University of Wisconsin commit Nora Gremban completed her senior cross country season with an 80th-place finish in 19:01. 

Watch: Manny Putz on Fifth Place at NXN

Find a complete ranking of Wisconsin performances from NXN below!

Boys Championship Race

115:23.10Manny Putz | Onalaska2025Nike Cross Nationals | 5th F | Dec 2, 2023
215:36.80Aloysius Franzen | Stevens Point2024Nike Cross Nationals | 22nd F | Dec 2, 2023
316:20.30Ethan Olds | Stevens Point2025Nike Cross Nationals | 95th F | Dec 2, 2023
416:30.70Cooper Erickson | Stevens Point2026Nike Cross Nationals | 123rd F | Dec 2, 2023
516:59.30Graham Ballard | Stevens Point2025Nike Cross Nationals | 162nd F | Dec 2, 2023
617:25.40Andrew Dziak | Stevens Point2025Nike Cross Nationals | 185th F | Dec 2, 2023
717:26.80Cooper Gunderson | Stevens Point2024Nike Cross Nationals | 187th F | Dec 2, 2023

Girls Championship Race

119:01.60Nora Gremban | Northland Pines2024Nike Cross Nationals | 80th F | Dec 2, 2023

RunningLane Cross Country Championships

In the girls' competition, Mackenzie Babcock placed 17th with an 18:13 finish in the Gold Race at the 2023 RunningLane Cross Country Championships. The race marked the close of a successful junior season for the Monona Grove runner - one that included a third-place division one state finish and top-20 regional performances at the Foot Locker Midwest and NXR Heartland Championships.

Watch: Girls Gold Race

Find a complete ranking of Wisconsin performances from RunningLane below!


116:09.90Spencer Alf | McFarland2025RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 104th F | Dec 2, 2023
216:47.20Issac Ewing | McFarland2025RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 206th F | Dec 2, 2023
317:18.40Dakota Nelson | Flambeau2025RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 86th F | Dec 2, 2023
417:35.30Parker Dewey | Eau Claire Memorial2024RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 190th F | Dec 2, 2023


118:13.30Mackenzie Babcock | Monona Grove2025RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 17th F | Dec 2, 2023
219:28.50Ruah Franzmann-Simmert | Tri State Homeschool2027RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 126th F | Dec 2, 2023
323:04.00Hannah Dewey | South Middle School2028RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 117th F | Dec 2, 2023
423:55.90Morgan Dewey | Eau Claire Memorial2026RunningLane Cross Country Championships | 152nd F | Dec 2, 2023