Elk Mound boys fifth, girls eighth at Knute Invite

FALL CREEK — Led by a seventh place finish by Ben Holzwarth, the Elk Mound boys cross country team finished fifth in the team standings in a field of 11 with 78 individuals competing. The girls team placed eighth as Emma Hayes placed 14th, competing against 65 individuals and 10 total teams.

[emember_protected]Holzwarth cruised through the course at 18:23 while the top spot went to Bryan Tomek of Tomahawk in 16:40. Next in for the Mounders was Mitch Zimmer in 25th at 19:34, followed by Andrew Zabel in 29th at 19:49. Not far behind came Shawn Lane in 33rd at 20:13 and Caleb Kruger in 41st at 20:32.Drew Sternecker completed the course in 22:51 for 61st place and Hunter Hermes was on his heels in 63rd at 22:54.

Hayes was just nine seconds away from a top 10 finish as she ran the course in 18:00 but was almost two minutes behind the winner Dempsey Fogarty of Colfax who finished the course in 16:02. Freshman Waive Melgaard continues to hold the number two spot for the Mounders, placing 30th at 19:20 followed by Sam Jain in 45th at 20:31, Danae Sternecker in 57th at 22:43, Josie Hayes in 62nd at 23:19 and Alex Hagberg a spot behind in 63rd at 24:15.[/emember_protected]