The hard work has been put in and the rewards are starting to be reaped for the Germantown cross-country teams, as both the boys and girls squads went into Waterford on Friday, Oct. 7, for the Wolverine Invitational, and both came away with the championship trophies.

The timing couldn't be any better as both ready for the North Shore Conference races Saturday, Oct. 15, at Tendick Park in Saukville.

"Absolutely, we were very excited to see how they would race," said Warhawk boys coach Harris Jones. "We were waiting for them to pop one like this. We had been seeing some good position movement in the race before this one, but this one we really had some good time drops. The guys were very excited by it all."

The girls North Shore Conference varsity race will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Tendick Park, and the boys varsity wlll be at 10:35 a.m.

Bay is the 16-time defending champ on the girls side, while state-ranked Homestead is the returning winner for the boys.

Jones is hoping for another big race.

"We know all about Homestead," he said. "I just hope the guys are not content with this race. I know they're excited to run up at Tendick. Their hard work is starting to show. We're really starting to see the benefits of the weight training we've been doing."

The Germantown boys won three consecutive league titles from 2008-10.

The Warhawk boys scored 42 points to win the nine-team Waterford meet, as Racine Horlick edged Waterford, 67-68, for second.

Germantown has been relying on its balance this fall, but in this meet, speed finally came to the fore, as senior Dylan Ayer finished a strong second on the up-and-down, 5,000-meter course in a personal best of 16:26. Horlick's Nathan Perez was the individual champion in 16:13.

"Dylan really challenged himself," said Jones. "He wanted to be among the leaders in the race. He hung tough in a fast first mile and then maintained well throughout the race. You really began to see his confidence."

He got help from freshman Ben Schnoor, who was fifth in a Germantown frosh record of 16:42. He broke the record of Warhawk legend Tim Trapp.

Other scoring runners included Jake Garvey in 10th (16:56), Joe Biesel in 12th (16:58) and Evan Adair in 13th (16:59). Westin Feltz was 14th (17:00), and Sean Drinan was 15th (17:05),

"It was a perfect day to run," Jones said. "The guys are really looking good."

They are on the junior varsity end as well, as they took the top four places to dominate that race. Jimmy Koel (17:30), Ben Cincotta (17:33), Jacob Hefle (17:45) and Thomas Tretheway (17:56) all broke 18 minutes in sweeping the first four spots.

The Germantown girls were equally as impressive as they edged Wauwatosa East, 60-64, for the team title. Waukesha South (74) was third in the 10-team field.

Sami Stieve led the way with a runner-up finish of 18:52, as South's Geisness Libby won in 18:48.

Stieve got help from Alyssa Goesch in eighth (19:57), McKenna Klopfer in 12th (20:10), Jennifer Lindgren in 15th (20:28) and Molly Baus in 23rd (21:11) . Also running were Emily Bethhauser in 28th (21:31), Sophie Franzmeier in 38th (21:57) and Nicole Parmenter in 39th (21:59).

Hannah Schaetzel was sixth (22:03) and Lauren Young seventh (22:06) to lead the Germantown junior varsity.