By Kelsie Hoitomt
COLFAX – The Glenwood City and Boyceville cross country teams competed at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet last Thursday, October 17 in Colfax.
The Lady Hilltoppers finished in third place and the boys’ team placed eighth. The Boyceville boys finished in third as well, just two points shy of second and the girls’ team did not complete a full roster.
Leading the pack for the Lady Hilltoppers was Taylor Drinkman, who has been the team’s number one runner consistently over the last few races. She finished in sixth place out of a total of 49 girls with a time of 16:44.0.
Down the line were teammates Jenny Lindquist and Jennifer Kopacz who finished side by side with Lindquist in 14th (17:31.9) and Kopacz in 15th (17.32.1).
Two places behind Kopacz was Kaitlin Konder running fourth for the team in 17th overall with a 17:50.5. And rounding out the top seven were Macie Rasmussen in 22nd (18:13.2), Morgan Kadinger in 24th (18:17.7) and Maya Petersen in 25th (18:20.3).
For the boys’ team, it was sophomore Jack Kremer that led the team with a 27th place finish overall out of 54 with a time of 19:03.2.
Following him was Derick Huebner in 38th with a 19:50.5. In third for the team was Andrew Bauman in 41st with a 19:59.4 and rounding out the top five were Corey Klatt in 49th (21:10.1) and Cody Huebner in 54th (23.19.8).
Kremer, Bauman and Klatt had their best races of their careers. According to coach Matt Schutz, each of them shaved off a minimum of 45 seconds from their previous best times.
As for the Bulldogs, it was Tanner Johnson-Hetchler that crossed the finish line first for the team after a run of 16:59.7 to put him in third place overall.
Less than a minute behind him and just two places away was Mitch Pustol in fifth with a 17:44.4.
Finishing as the number three and four runners for the Bulldogs were seniors Ian Kane and James Lindo. Kane placed 16th with a 18:26.7 and Lindo was in 20th with a 18:39.9.
Rounding out the top seven were Tristan Debell in 25th (18:50.5), Max Engel in 35th (19:34.4) and Ian Fontaine in 46th (20:18.3)
“I was pleased with their performance, but disappointed with the result. We were two points away from first and finished in third. All the effort and to be third, it felt like we were a mile away from our goal. It was a good learning experience that demonstrated how every single point counts,” expressed Boyceville head coach Corey Day.
The boys’ team finished with a total of 69 points and the first and second place teams tied with a total of 67.
Running individually for the Lady Bulldogs were Michaella Kegen who placed 37th (19:37.2), Katie Kegen in 42nd (20:22.0), Sandra Knorr in 44th (20:26.6) and Anna Hagan in 46th (21:23.8).
Both teams will compete at the Sectional in Boyceville on Saturday, October 26 with the girls’ race starting at 11:00 a.m. and the boys’ race starting at 11:45 a.m.