By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville cross country team competed in two invitationals the previous week with last Tuesday, September 17 in Rice Lake and then this past Saturday in Osceola.
It was only the boys’ team that competed in Osceola last Saturday in the “small school” 5k race. Out of seven schools, the Bulldogs brought home a trophy after they finished in second place.
Tanner Johnson-Hetchler finished the course in 17:49, which was good enough for third place. Also finishing in the top ten, not too far behind him was Mitchell Pustol in sixth place (18:44) and Ian Kane in eighth (19:00).
Scoring the rest of the team’s points as the fourth and fifth runners was James Lindo in 14th place (19:35) and Tristan Debell in 21st place (20:11). Also running the course was Maxwell Engle who placed 22nd with a time of 20:14 and then Ian Fontaine who placed 39th with a 21:56.
There were 149 runners that competed in the small school race at the high school.
Rice Lake Invitational
There were 26 teams that competed in the boys’ race in Rice Lake and the Bulldog finished right in the middle of the pack in 13th place with a team score of 380. First place went to Hudson with a score of 121.
The girls’ team on the other hand completed their race, but finished towards the bottom as they were 26th place out of 28 team with a score of 697. First place went to Hudson again with 18 points after their five runners all finished in the top seven.
Leading for the boys’ team was Johnson-Hetchler who finished in tenth place out of 208 runners with a time of 17:19.6. This was just under a minute from the Daniel Pederson of Hudson who finished in first.
The runners in the top three were a bit staggered with Pustol following in 56th place with a time of 18:53.3 and Kane in 88th with a 19:23.8.
Running just a few tenths of a second apart were Lindo in 114th with a 20:01.0, Debell in 120th (20:03.2) and then Engel in 124th (20:08.2). Finishing for the Bulldogs was Micah Johnson in 184th with a 22:31.3.
There were 195 girls that participated in the race and it was Michaella Kegen that led the Lady Dogs on the course as she finished in 106th with a time of 24:29.3.
Following was Katie Kegen in 150th (26:08.1), Hope Chovan in 163rd (27:21.9), Sandra Korr in 164th (27:22.3) and Emma Harnisch in 173rd (28:24.4).