Homestead cross-country runners Drew Bosley and Thomas Miller wanted to make it clear to the rest of the field in the North Shore Conference championships on the morning of Oct. 15 at Tendick Park in Saukville that there was going to be no drama, no surprises.

And they did.

The sophomore Bosley easily defended his title with a spectacular time of 15:45 on the slick and muddy 5,000-meter course, while senior Miller was second in 16:17, as the Highlanders cruised to an easy defense of their league team title.

"This felt great," Bosley said. "This was probably the most comfortable I've felt all year because of the taper (from hard training). I think the game plan worked well. The plan for us was to go out really hard because we didn't want Germantown or Whitefish Bay thinking they could get close to us."

They didn't, as the Highlanders scored 43 points for their title. Germantown was second with 62 and Bay third with 79.

The Highlanders take aim at a return trip to the state meet. The WIAA sectional meet is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The top two teams and first five individuals not on those teams advance to the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 29.

Coach Andy Bosley, Drew's father, feels the Highlanders are ready for a major push.

"I always tell the boys that to win this conference, you have to be at least a top-10 team in state," he said. "We're elated to be in this position. I couldn't ask for anything better at this point."

The co-captain Miller also feels good about the team's prospects.

"This definitely feels nice," he said. "Going back to freshman year and all the success we've had, we're hoping to go out and finish up well at sectional and state."

Their supporting cast is going to try and make sure that comes about.

It had a good day, as Messi Elgin was eighth (16:59), co-captain Noah Cummisford  13th (17:14) and Cooper Hunt 19th (17:21) to round out the scoring.

Also running was Jack Pfeifer in 27th (17:34) and Kai Newman 30th (17:38).

Coach Bosley said the leadership of co-captains Miller and Cummisford has been invaluable in keeping the Highlanders moving in the right direction.

"They keep a strong leash on everyone else," he said with a laugh.

Miller said it's great to be going out as a senior in this fashion.

"This was definitely nice to win back-to-back titles," said Miller. "When Drew and I can get out like we did, that one-two punch gives us a big advantage."

Drew Bosley said the race was a good warm-up for the team for the big races ahead.

"We knew we'd be well rained for this time of year because we worked all summer," he said. "We're confident with our training and happy as a team."