By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville Cross Country team returns to the course after finishing third in the Sectional last season. 14 boys and six girls make the Bulldogs’ team in 2014.
The boys’ team is led by senior Mitch Pustol who finished 1st team All-Conference last year and has high goals set for his final season.
Also returning to the varsity squad are Max Engel and Ian Fontaine as well as Emma Harnisch who is the only girl returning from last year’s team.
Emma will run along side a new team of freshmen and sophomores including Brooklyn Booth, Marissa Dormanen, Mariah Drury, Brianna Foer and Shiann Wagner.
Some newcomers to the boys’ team that look to have great potential are Rian Corr, Sam Retz, Sean Best and Emmett Kapsner.
Rounding out the rest of the boys’ team are seniors Kamden Casey and Carter Rogers. Sophomores Kiel Anderson, Michael Chich, Caleb Hagen, Jack Kapsner and Jerod Nelson.
Three of the team’s top five runners are gone this year due to graduation; Ian Kane, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler and Peter Duerst.
Tanner was the team’s number one runner for four years and was a state qualifier twice as well as 1st team All-Conference three years and 2nd team one year.
Aside from placing third at the Sectional, the team was third in the conference as well and also was ranked 16th overall by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association.
This year, coach Corey Day said the goal is to be top three again in the conference and have the girls field a team in the conference and sectional meet.
“We can’t have injuries or sickness or we might not field a girls’ team. Last year we had that happen,” said Day.
Day stated that the top competitors in the conference look to be Colfax, St. Croix Central, Elmwood/Plum City and Mondovi.
The Bulldogs will open their season with a meet at home on Thursday, August 28 starting at 11:00 a.m.
They are then scheduled to be in Boscobel to compete at the Ryan Zimpel Memorial Course on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.