By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville Cross Country team was at the WITC-Rice Lake campus last Tuesday and then in Colfax on Saturday for two 5K races.
The boys’ team was led by senior Mitch Pustol at the Rice Lake meet. He ran an 18:27.4, which put him in 15th place out of 109 runners in the small schools division.
First place went to Jordan Bringgold of St. Croix Central with a time of 16:44.9.
Max Engel followed as the number two runner for the team again. He ran 19:45.5 for 39th place.
After Max, there was Jack Kapsner in 55th (20:32.3), Caleb Hagen in 60th (20:49.5) and Jerrod Nelson in 62nd (20:58.3).
To finish out the team of seven, Rian Corr crossed the end line with a time of 21:30.5 and then Kiel Anderson followed in 72nd with a 21:39.7.
The efforts of the seven athletes gave them a team total of 225 points, which put them in ninth place out of 15 total schools.
Five girls competed for the Lady Bulldogs and their total score of 238 put them in 13th place out of 15 schools as well.
Shiann Wagner crossed the finish line first with a time of 22:55.3, which put her in 18th place out of 103 girls. First went to Cora Bruxvoort of Bloomer with a time of 19:48.6.
Running second for the team was Marissa Dormanen in 30th with a time of 24:12.5. Then it was Emma Harnisch in 60th (26:19.9) and Brooklyn Booth in 64th (26:36.2) to round out the team.
The team competed on Saturday as well at the St. Croix Central course and they showed significant improvement all the way around.
Wagner finished 11th overall with a time of 22:22.62. According to coach Corey Day, she started out a bit too strong, which cost her a top ten finish, but being a freshman that is something to be learned over time.
“The big thing is she was in the top ten most of the race and she is starting to believe she belongs in the top ten,” explained coach Day.
Dormanen also had a great performance with a finish time of 23:59.62 for 19th out of the 43 total runners.
Brooklyn Booth followed in 32nd overall with a time of 27:26.05, then it was Brianna Foer in 40th (31:20.45) and Mariah Drury in 42nd with a 31:38.75.
The girls placed fifth overall with a team total of 114. First place went to Prescott with 39 points.
As for the boys’ team, they did very well overall with a fourth place finish out of seven teams with a total of 134 points. First went to St. Croix Central with a score of 54.
Pustol led the team with a fifth place finish out of 79 runners by a time of 18:27.34.
“There were a few runners out due to injuries and some off to college visits, which allowed freshmen Rian Corr and Sam Retz to step up,” said Day.
The two had their best races of the season with times of 20:42.03 for Corr, which put him in 39th and a 21:27.84 for Retz, which put him in 43rd.
Ahead of them was Max Engel running second for the team with a time of 19:45.40 for 21st place. Then it was Jack Kapsner in 33rd with a time of 20:25.46.
Kiel Anderson followed Retz in 55th place with a time of 32:25.49, then it was Michael Chich in 61st with a 23:07.48.
Sean Best followed in 69th (24:37.06) and Kamden Casey wrapped things up with a time of 24:53.34 for 71st.
The Bulldogs have an invitational this Thursday, September 25 in Durand starting at 4:30 p.m. They are then scheduled to be in New Richmond on Saturday, October 4 for an 11:00 a.m. meet.