Marquette 6th, 8th in Wisconsin

PULASKI, Wisconsin – It sounded like just getting on the course was a chore for the Marquette Senior High School cross country teams.

But the Redmen and Redettes put in solid showings after two weeks off and suffering the effects of an respiratory illness at the 38th annual Red Raider Invitational held in Pulaski, Wisconsin, on Thursday.

Junior Luke Rambo led the way, placing seventh in the 3.1-mile-long boys race in 16 minutes, 48 seconds. He led the Redmen to an eighth-place finish among 13 schools posting team scores.

“We ran very, very well considering the conditions we were working under,” long-time Marquette coach Dale Phillips said. “We may have had some of our best times of the year.”

On the girls side, senior Becci McNamee finished 17th in 20:15 on the same 3.1-mile course as one of four Redettes to place in the top 30.

That helped MSHS come in sixth among 13 schools, not all the same ones as in the boys race, posting team scores.

Teammates Ericka Asmus, a freshman, was right behind McNamee in 18th in 20:18. They were followed not too far behind by freshman Reegan Ketzenberger in 26th and senior Amber Huebner in 29th.

For the boys, the next Marquette boy after Rambo was junior Nathan Zika in 42nd.

Marquette’s next scheduled event is the Gladstone Invitational at Flat Rock, the course hosting the Upper Peninsula Finals later this month, on Thursday afternoon.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is