Elk Mound senior Ben Holzwarth, in his second straight trip to the state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids Nov. 2, bested his time and placement by a long shot from his junior year.
Holzwarth finished in 24th place with a time of 17:09 last Saturday after finishing 109th at 18:28 a year ago. There were 161 individual competitors this year and the race was won by Tyson Miehne of Darlington at 15:57.
“I felt I little more comfortable running this year after being here a year ago,” Holzwarth said.” I set my goal to finish in the top 20 and even though I was a little short, I think I ran pretty well. The competition was tough but it made me run harder.”
Other runners from the Dunn-St. Croix Conference competing included Sasha Maro from Mondovi in 32nd place, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler of Boyceville in 45th and Noah Wells of Plum City-Elmwood in 68th place. In Division II, Jordan Bringold of St. Croix Central was 46th.