WHITEWATER, Wis. - Madelynn McIntyre and Riley Siltman put it on cruise control Thursday afternoon at UW-Whitewater.
By the time their respective rides were done, they were crowned champions of the Rock Valley Conference.
McIntyre, the Brodhead-Juda junior, won with a time of 19:52, 41 seconds faster than East Troy's Ella Rondeau.
Siltman, a junior from Evansville, posted a time of 16:48, 28 seconds better than Ian Sande of Jefferson.
"At times I kind of felt like I was floating out there," Siltman said. "I just had to try and treat it like any other race and get after it. I was supposed to sit on the pack for the first mile, but I heard everyone breathing really hard and I decided to make my move then, probably 800 meters in."
McIntyre was aware her times were significantly faster than those of her RVC brethren, but didn't let that effect her training for the meet.
"I didn't think about that too much," McIntyre said of the sizable gap between her and the competition. "What I was mainly focused on was improving my time in the second mile. I wanted to run my race and break 20 minutes. I wanted to push my second mile a little more than I ended up doing, but I can't be disappointed in anything today. It just felt really good."
Sophomore Presleigh Arnold joined McIntyre on the All-Conference list, placing 10th with a 21:51.
"She's been trying all year to break into the 21's, and she did that tonight," Brodhead-Juda coach Curt Gratz said. "She's finally figuring out how to do this, that if she goes out really fast she's not just going to crash out there. She was really on cloud nine after the race. It was great to see."
Beloit Turner's top female runner was freshman Lydia Seifarth, who placed 19th with a 22:29.
"Sophie Fulk was sick today, and Lydia really filled her shoes," Turner coach Nolan Otremba said. "Sophie had to grind it out what she could do, and Lydia really stepped up for us. Kyra Puleo ran her race, and I was impressed by them all today."
• On the boys side, Turner's Cooper Moran placed eighth with a 17:48, but was none too pleased following the race.
"I wanted to run in the low-17's," Moran said. "I know that I have it in me, I just think it's a mental block. I started out a little slower than I wanted to and I just couldn't get to where I wanted to go."
"His goals were extremely high, and this course is typically 30 seconds slower than others," Otremba said. "Being in the mid-to-high 17's, that's not bad. He pushed himself and ran well. He's out of the funk that I've seen him in the last few weeks. I think we're looking better for next Saturday with him, and the rest of the team behind him looked strong."
David Heldt placed 19th with a time of 18:38.
"Dave had a great kick, but I thought his whole race was really good," Otremba said. "He started off faster than he usually does, and he kept passing people. He usually likes to start at the back of the pack and pass people, but today he started at the middle of the pack and passed people, so that was great."
Clinton was led by freshman Quinn McCabe, who ran an 18:10 to finish in 13th place. Hunter Gree placed 28th with a 'PR' of 19:18.
"This has been a work in progress for us as a team, but we keep building," Clinton coach Tim Thieding said.
"Quinn, to be just a freshman and finish 13th, that's great. He's got another chance to run here next week, so who knows what could happen. Hunter ran a 'PR', and even though he ran out of gas at the end, I'm really happy with that."
McFarland took the girls team title over second-place Jefferson, while the Jefferson boys won overs second-place Evansville. The Turner boys placed fourth, while the Brodhead-Juda girls took fifth.