The change in race conditions came quickly as both heat and humidity cut down times significantly at the Irish Waters Invitational hosted by Freedom High School last Thursday.

Northland Pines head cross-country coach Josh Tilley said just before race time the change in the weather caught many off guard.

“It got very hot and muggy very quick,” he said. “There were a lot of kids from other teams who ended up passing out from the heat. We finished, but definitely not with our best times or places.”

On the girls’ side, Pines finished in 12th place out of 14 schools with a combined score of 260. Lake Mills won the small school division with a score of 34, followed by Tomahawk (55), Weyauwega-Fremont (83), Southern Door (176) and Reedsville (187).

Top honors on the girls’ side went to sophomore Sylvia Hansen of Gillett who was the only runner to break the 20-minute barrier with a time of 19:39.58.

Pines senior Annalise Callaghan finished just outside the top ten with a 14th place finishing time of 22:47.05. She edged Emily Hoerl of Chilton by less than a half-second.

Junior Jillian Gleason finished in 41st place overall in a time of 25:01.84. She was followed by Natalie Fluegel (28:07.21), Lily Young (28:32.26) and Franke Will (28:36.01), who ran to 79th, 80th and 81st place respectively.

Sophomores Sophia Lane (29:54.06) and Meg Hayes (30:41.47) rounded out the field for the Pines girls as they finished in 85th and 89th places.

The Pines boys would end up in 11th place out of 17 teams, scoring 260 points. Brillion won the boys small division title with 71, followed by Wisconsin Rapids Assumption (108), Tomahawk (114), Chilton (143) and North Fond du Lac Oakfield (156).

Junior Gunner Schlender of Brillion won the boys race with a time of 16:22.81. He outraced Garrett Dolan from Assumption to the line, who finished in second with a time of 16:28.96.

Senior Max Lurvey was Pines’ top finisher at 18:30.19, which was 17th fastest.

Freshman Frankie Milan­owski nearly cracked into the top 50 and almost got beneath the 20-minute barrier with a 52nd place finishing time of 20:02.56.

Cooper Cox had a good run with a 20:44.20 finishing time, good for 58th. He was just ahead of teammate Ben Tilley (20:51.90), who was 60th.

Luciano Svetnicka was 92nd with a time of 22:52.65. Following him were Jack Hayes (23:05.58) in 95th and Matt Szafranski (24:41.43) in 104th.

Next up for Pines will be a large invite hosted by Stevens Point High School at Standing Rock Park this Saturday. The boys and girls junior varsity races will start the day at 10 a.m. followed by the varsity girls at 11:15 and varsity boys at 11:50.

Teams competing include Merrill, Mosinee, Waupaca, Rosholt, Marshfield, Baraboo, Wausau East, Wausau West, Wisconsin Rapids, Adams-Friendship, Beaver Dam, Edgar, D.C. Everest, Nekoosa, Stevens Point Pacelli, Verona, Port Washington, Amherst, Iola-Scandanavia and Neenah.