FALL CREEK — Led by top 20 finishes by Tucker Hovde and Zack Arvold, the Colfax boys finished third in the 12 team field of the Fall Creek Invitational held under sunny skies Sept. 13. For the first time in many years, the girls did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score.
Hovde zipped across the finish line at 19:14 for 14th place while Arvold was 16th at 19:18. And just missing the top 20 was Jacob Larson in 21st in 20:03, followed by Brett Prince in 27th at 20:22, Hunter Lieffort in 28th at 20:26, Isaac Lee in 38th at 21:14 and Brady Simonson rounded out the team with a 43rd place at 21:27. With 85 competitors in the race, Spring Valley’s Aidan Manley took first at 17:45.
“It was good to race again after an 11 day break,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We liked the spread of just over a minute the boys had from 1-5 on a tough, demanding course. We were hoping to get a couple of runners in the 18s but couldn’t. The big meets are coming up fast and we think the boys have a chance to be pretty good if they work hard.”
Only four girls ran for the Vikings who were led by Abbagail Schotter in ninth place at 22:57. Courtney Dressel was 21 seconds behind her at 23:18 for 13th place, Mackenzie Jenson finished 22nd in 23:43 and Ally Heidorn was further back in 60th place at 28:12.
“It is a tough stretch for our girls and we have to persevere through some adversity,” Doucette said. “We had a chance to see some of the best teams in our conference and sectional and although we are way behind, we have time to stay together and improve,” he added.
The future looks bright for Colfax with the boys winning the Middle School race and the girls placing second.
BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Tomahawk 76, Liberty Christian 82, Colfax 106, Immanuel Lutheran 132, Elk Mound 141, Spring Valley 142, Glenwood City 154, Boyceville 157, Bloomer 178, Eau Claire Regis 244, Mondovi 252, Fall Creek 301
GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Tomahawk 47, Eau Claire Regis 79, Fall Creek 85, Glenwood City 92, Bloomer 132, Spring Valley 147, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 150, Elk Mound 167