For just the second time in school history, the Hamilton boys cross-country team is the Greater Metro Conference champion.
The Chargers ran away with the title at Washington Park on Oct. 15, amassing 43 points. Second-place finisher Wauwatosa East had a 58.
Junior Michael Swope became just the fourth Hamilton boys runner to win the individual GMC championship. Swope finished with a time of 16 minutes, 45 seconds. Sophomore Evan Selin was nearly just as good and finished second overall with a 16:46. The third-place finisher came in 11 seconds after Selin crossed the finish line.
"Michael definitely looked like he had the potential to do that," coach Stephen Schmidt said. "Evan has been coming along very well this season. That was definitely a huge jump. He's been closer to Michael in practice for the workouts they're doing. Between Michael and Evan, they dominated the field. It wasn't even close at the end. To see that, that was unexpected."
Brian Wiedenfeld, a junior, also impressed by placing 10th in 17:13. Freshman Gavin took 13th (17:18), and junior Nicholas Schmidt finished 17th (17:24).
"It was really neat to see because they were not that far up early on," said Schmidt, who was a senior on the conference-winning team in 1995. "They were definitely not winning the race at the thousand-meter point or the two-thousand meter point. It was probably at about 3-4 K where they kind of started to take over. Especially when Michael and Evan took off — that really kind of broke it open. Then Brian and Gavin and Nick and those guys all slid through the front. It was like, 'Wow.'"
Sophomore Peyton Feudner was 20th in 17:28, and freshman Garret Staab took 21st (17:29).
The girls were third with 70 points. Brookfield Central took the title with a 57. Senior Rachel Jeffers finished second overall with a time of 19:17. Sophomore Isabel Seay was 11th (20:19), sophomore Rachel Passow placed 14th (20:33), junior Carolyn Troutman took 19th (20:48), junior Megan Jansett came in 24th (21:09), junior Riley Swope was 36th (21:51), Ella VanHaren placed 40th (22:05) and Emma Woelfel finished in 41st (22:10).
"Carolyn Troutman had a really good race," Schmidt said. "She's been dealing with some nagging injuries all year, and it's really kind of cut into her training. She really showed up big. That helped a lot. She was 19th overall. That helped. We got Rachel Passow back, too, and she got 14th overall and that really helped. That was a big boost. Losing her to injuries midseason definitely was noticed. When she came back, that was a big lift for sure."
Hamilton takes part in the Mukwonago Division 1 sectional on Saturday, Oct. 22. The boys race begins at 9:30 a.m., and the girls start at 10:15.