BRUCE — The Colfax boys’ cross country team was two points away from a second place finish but ended up fourth at the Bruce Invitational held at Dodson’s Memorial Recreation Area Sept. 2. The girls, running with just five competitors ended up in a tie for fourth.
Tucker Hovde led the Viking boys with a ninth place, coming in at 19:29 and was followed by Zack Arvold just three seconds behind for tenth at 19:32. Brady Simonson was close behind for 13th place in 20:05 and back in 22nd place came Brett Prince at 20:36, with the final team points coming from Jacob Larson in the 25th spot in 20:49. Issac Lee placed 34th with a time of 21:28, Hunter Lieffort came in at 21:45 for 39th, Daniel Schneider followed in 48th at 22:28, Grady Gibson finished 58th at 23:00, Brett Johnson was 70th at 23:53 and the final runner for the Vikings was Rowdy Kadinger in 88th place in 27:18. There were 102 individuals competing with Chequamegon literally running away with the meet as all five runners were in the top eight with Kevin Koski winning it at 17:31
“We finished two points behind two very good teams (Drummond and Phillips),” coach Joe Doucette said. “And Chequamegon tied for the state runner up spot last year and has a lot of their runners back. Our boys have a chance to be good but we need to train more and get some mileage in.”
With dual sport athlete Dannielle Dachel playing in a home volleyball match and Dempsey Fogarty, the defending conference and sectional champion deciding not to compete in cross country the rest of the season, the Colfax girls had just enough runners for a team score. Phillips placed all five of their runners in the top 10 to win the team title with Ellie Lochner leading the team with a time 22:29. Courtney Dressel stepped up to lead the Lady Vikings, placing third at 22:41 and next in line came Abbagail Schotter, back in 18th at 24:22. Mackenzie Jensen finished in 32nd place at 25:37 and Cienna Cooper was close behind for 36th place at 25:58. Ally Heidorn collected the final team points in 61st place at 28:51. There were 107 competitors for the girls division.
“It is going to take some time for the girls to get in better shape and we don’t have a lot of depth,” Doucette said. “But we have six kids who can improve a lot,” he added.
Colfax finished second in the middle school girls’ division as Erica Kallstrom, Jasmine Best and Addisyn Olson placed in the top ten of 96 runners. Luke Blanchard, Cole Seehaver and Sawyer Best all placed in the top 20 of 95 competitors in the boys’ middle school race with 95 boys running as Colfax finished sixth in the team standings.
BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Chequamegon 22, Drummond 71, Phillips 72, Colfax 73, Cameron 114, Ladysmith 181, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 218
GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Phillips 27, Chequamegon 49, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 107, Cameron 126, Colfax 126, Shell Lake 159, Hurley 176, Ladysmith 182, South Shore 225.