By Kelsie Hoitomt
HAMMOND – The Glenwood City Cross Country team competed in their first full conference meet of the year last Thursday in St. Croix Central. The weather was pleasant enough that both races were able to be ran.
The girls’ team had another solid performance as they finished in second place out of 11 with a total score of 95, just behind Baldwin-Woodville who finished with a team score of 87.
There were not enough participants in the boys race to complete a full team, but individually four athletes ran.
Morgan Kadinger was the number one runner for the girls after completing the 3K race in 17:33.64 for a 7th place finish.
Following was senior Jenny Lindquist in 15th place with a time of 18:25.75, which was quite the improvement from last year when she placed 31st with an 18:41.02.
Freshman runner, Taylor Drinkman had another good race, finishing in the top 30 with a time of 18:52.14 for 21st place and a third place finish for the team.
Finishing fourth for the Hilltoppers was Jennifer Kopacz who despite having an ankle that is bothering her, still ran a time of 19:01.60 for 23rd place out of the 126 participants.
Rounding out the top five was Macie Rasmussen in 39th place with a 19:35.51. This is a minute faster than her run the previous week in Boyceville.
Finishing for the rest of Hilltoppers was Maya Petersen in 45th (19:49.93), Kaitlin Konder in 55th (20:01.18), Jenna Magsam in 57th (20:04.01), Ashley Holmquist in 74th (20:58.18) and Hannah Steinberger in 113th (23:45.58).
Competing individually for the boys was senior Derick Huebner who placed 49th out of 138 participants with a time of 21:49.61. He improved quite a great deal from a year ago when he ran a 24:33.42 and finished 78th.
Finishing just a few steps behind Huebner was Jack Kremer in 50th place with a time of 21:51.03.
Next was Andrew Bauman in 107th (24:37.07) and the final runner was Corey Klatt in 116th (25:21.74).
“We have a boys team with little experience and they are going to have to adjust to each race and push themselves both physically and mentally. They have a lot of learning to do, one race at a time, said coach Matt Schutz.
The Hilltoppers are scheduled to compete in Fall Creek this Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Their following invitational will be September 21 at the Osceola High School at 8:30 a.m.