It was what you would call making a statement.
Homestead boys cross-country runners Drew Bosley, Thomas Miller and Noah Cummisford finished in the top three spots individually, with Cummisford edging a Sussex Hamilton runner right at the finish line to make the sweep complete, as the Highlanders dominated their own 12-team invite at Tendick Park in Saukville on Sept. 2.
"We were very happy for Noah," said coach Andy Bosley. "It was clearly his best run ever, and he did it while we were trying to win the whole meet. We brought in Sussex Hamilton, which was a state-qualifying team, and we also had Wisconsin Lutheran, which was also a good team too. We just wanted to win it, and when we found out that we had, the kids were super excited."
"This (the 1-2-3) has never happened for us at a race before, and I don't know if it'll ever happen again."
It was also opening night for Bosley's sophomore son, Drew, who is coming off a spectacular freshmen season in cross-country and track. He showed no signs of slowing down when he tore apart Tenick's 5,000-meter layout to the tune of a 15:54 time, which was 16 seconds ahead of his teammate Miller (16:10) and 57 seconds ahead of Cummisford (16:51).
"Drew was really comfortable," Andy said. "That was until he realized he had a chance at breaking 16 minutes, but then he was able to bring it home."
It was the first formal invite for the Highlanders this season, and they take a big step up in competition and speed when they head over to Merton on Thursday, Sept. 8, for the Arrowhead Invitational's fast and flat layout.
"This meet won't be as deep as the Janesville meet we'll be going to later, but it'll be just as strong up front," said Andy Bosley. "It'll be pretty competitive."
Homestead scored 37 points to outdistance Hamilton, which was second with 57, and Wisconsin Lutheran, which was third with 81.
Other scoring runners for the Highlanders included Messi Elgin in eighth (17:03) and Cooper Hunt in 23rd (17:35). Also running were Kai Newman in 30th (17:46) and Harry Ward in 41st (18:13).
Andy Bosley was extremely pleased with the races of Cummisford and Elgin and noted that Hunt and Newman are really starting to come around.
"The kids worked super hard (all summer)," Andy Bosley said. "I've never had a team work this hard before, and this is just a great reward for them. They couldn't wait to get out there and run. This was just very gratifying to start this way, very fun too."
Andy Bosley said the organization of the meet went very well too and credited new girls coach James DeMarco for all the work he did on meet set-up and organization.
"It was just an awesome job," Andy Bosley said. "The meet just came off so well."