The Colfax boys’ varsity cross country had a good showing among strong competition at the Rice Lake Invitational Sept. 16, finishing third in the Small School Division among 15 teams and 13th overall in a field of 29. The girls team, for the second straight meet, had only four competitors and did not record a team score. Colfax followed up at a Saturday morning meet hosted by St. Croix Central two days later where the girls placed second in a field of six and the boys were fourth among seven teams.
Tucker Hovde and Zack Arvold were just three seconds apart as Hovde finished 12th in 18:16 and Arvold 13th at 18:19. Brett Prince was the third runner in for the Vikings in 26th place in a time of 19:08, Jacob Larson was next in line in 35th place at 19:33 while Hunter Lieffort was on his heels for 36th place in 19:36, Issac Lee was 40th in 19:50 and Daniel Schneider came in at 20:27 for 54th place. There were 109 individuals in the race which was won by Jordan Bringgold of St. Croix Central in 16:44.
“This was a really solid meet for our boys,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We worked on getting out a little faster and we probably started too fast. We were eighth in this meet last year so I was happy with our improvement. It was a chance for us to see a lot of teams that are in our conference and sectional.”
Courtney Dressel continues to step up for the short handed (or short footed in this case) Vikings, finishing fourth in a field of 103 individuals with a time of 21:29 with Cora Bruxvoort of Bloomer winning it in 19:48. Abbagail Schotter was the next Colfax runner to cross the finish line, placing 16th at 22:35 while Mackenzie Jensen was 26th at 23:37 and Ally Heidorn was 52nd at 25:42.
“We are trying to get a full team together and stay healthy,” Doucette said. “Courtney was very good today and from there on we were O.K. Glenwood City won the Small School Division and are probably the conference favorite and one of the top sectional teams. At this point they are way ahead of us but we hope to improve in the next few weeks,” he added.
The Vikings’ Brady Simonson won the junior varsity race in a field of 197 runners, while the Middle School girls’ team was third with Erica Kallstrom placing eighth. Cole Seehaver led the boys to an eighth place finish, finishing 17th.
SMALL SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS TEAM SCORES: Unity 78, McDonell Central 78, Colfax 119, St. Croix Central 129, Webster 141, Grantsburg 175, Elk Mound 199, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 202, Boyceville 225, Glenwood City 232, Bloomer 269, St. Croix Falls 303, Barron 318, Ladysmith 392, Shell Lake 427
SMALL SCHOOL VARSITY GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Glenwood City 90, St. Croix Falls 131, Unity 152, McDonell Central 158, St. Croix Central 176, Bloomer 181, Hurley 182, Ladysmith 213, Shell Lake 216, Elk Mound 216, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 220, Barron 222, Boyceville 238, Grantsburg 267, Cumberland 403
St. Croix Central
Three of the five Viking girls finished in the top 10 of 43 runners including Schotter in seventh at 21:34, Dressel in eighth at 21:25 and on her shirt tails came Dannielle Dachel in ninth at 22:10. Jensen was a few spots behind in 12th at 22:41 and Heidorn finished 23rd at 24:53. Amanda Murphy of Prescott won the race in 21:06.
“This was by far our best race of the season for the girls,” Doucette said. “Dachel is a dual sport athlete who competes at a high level and her leadership and toughness are contagious which really helps us. Abbagail, Courtney, Mackenzie and Ally all ran close together the whole way but Prescott (team champion) is a pretty good team.”
Conference rival St. Croix Central made a statement in the boys’ race by winning the team title as Bringgold was also the individual winner on his home course in 16:53. Hovde was first in for Colfax in 13th place at 18:49 followed by Simonson in 18th at 19:36, Larson in 23rd at 19:48, Prince in 26th at 19:58, Lee in 31st at 20:19, Schneider in 40th in 20:53, Jacob Jenson in 46th at 21:37, Grady Gibson in 48th at 21:45 and Rowdy Kadinger was 68th at 24:22. There were 79 competitors in the race.
“Central is one of the favorites in the conference for the boys,” Doucette said. “We were missing a couple of kids but it wouldn’t have mattered today because Central just ran better than us. It is going to be an interesting few weeks building up to the conference meet and whoever works the hardest will have a good chance to win conference.”
Colfax won the Middle School girls race with Kallstrom taking second among 85 individuals, while the boys were fifth in their own race with Seehaver leading the way with a 16th place in a field of 90.
VARSITY GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Prescott 39, Colfax 47, St. Croix Central 87, Somerset 103, Grantsburg 109, Boyceville 114
VARSITY BOYS TEAM SCORES: St. Croix Central 54, Webster 62, Grantsburg 98, Colfax
106, Somerset 107, Prescott 112, Boyceville 134.