By Kelsie Hoitomt
BARRON — The Glenwood City cross country team had one invitational this past week, which was in Barron where the girls’ team placed second and the boys finished 11th.
There was one point or four-tenths of a second that separated the Lady Hilltoppers from the Bloomer team, who finished in first place.
There were 12 other schools that competed in the girls’ race, which featured 115 total participants. For the boys’ race, there were 11 other schools with 134 runners.
Finishing as the number one runner for the Hilltoppers for the second week in a row was Taylor Drinkman with a time of 16:50.4, which put her in seventh place overall.
Again, pushing her through the finish line on her heels was sophomore runner Morgan Kadinger in ninth place with a time of 16:52.4.
Jenny Lindquist finished third for the team and 15th overall with a time of 17:07.8 for her best placed race thus far. The following runner was Kaitlin Konder in 23st place with a 17:48.9.
Finishing fifth, sixth and seventh for the Hilltoppers were Macie Rasmussen, Maya Petersen and Jenna Magsam just a few places apart from each other. Rasmussen ran an 18:14.7 for 37rd, Petersen finished 40th with a 18:18.0 and Magsam was behind her in 41th with a 18:20.0.
“The whole team did fantastic and greatly increased their times and placings for the season. They are proving that they can run as a team with the best of them,” shared coach Matt Schutz.
The boys were able to field another complete team with their five runners. It was sophomore Jack Kremer that led the Hilltoppers as he finished in 42th place with a time of 19:51.1.
Senior Derick Huebner followed a few tenths of a second behind in 46rd with a time of 20:06.1. Then it was Andrew Bauman in 86th (21:52.5), Cody Huebner in 98th (22:24.5) and Corey Klatt in 103rd (22:46.4).
“Kremer is leading the group as a sophomore and completing his first full season. He realized that those legs really have to move to run with the front of the pack. As a team, the boys also brought each of their times down as well, showing an improvement individually and as a team,” said Schutz.
The Hilltoppers competed this past Tuesday (Oct. 1) in Ellsworth and have their next invitational on Monday, October 7 in Colfax with the scheduled start time of 4:00 p.m.