The Colfax girls ran with a shortage of runners at both the Durand Invite Sept. 25 and the Roy Griak meet held at the University of Minnesota Sept. 27. The boys had some different runners compete for the varsity as they placed 12th of 13 teams in Durand and 49th in their division of 54 teams at the Griak.
Courtney Dressel paced the Colfax girls with a 27th place finish in a time of 23:59 while Abbagail Schotter was close behind in 29th at 24:07. Allie Heidorn came in for 36th place in 24:42 and rounding out the Viking girls was Mackenzie Jensen in 45th at 25:52. There were 79 individuals in the race which was won by Sidney Renalt of Lake City, MN in 21:07.
Jacob Larson and Daniel Schneider paced each other throughout the boys race as Larson came in for 48th place at 20:54 while Schneider was a second behind in 20:55 for 49th place. Senior Brett Johnson had a taste of varsity action, finishing 70th in 21:53, Jacob Jensen followed him in for 80th place at 22:48 and Rowdy Kadinger ran varsity for the first time, placing 87th at 24:20. Carl Kozlowski of Lake City took top honors with a time of 17:29.
“We used this as a training race because we were running at the Griak in two days,” coach Joe Doucette said. “The girls tried to run together and it worked very well until the last mile or so but then we got spread out. Daniel and Brett are both working for varsity spots for the boys and it was a great experience for them.”
With some of the best high school and college teams in the nation competing, the atmosphere can be a little overwhelming for some small town kids but it is still an opportunity to compete in a great atmosphere, according to Doucette.
Dressel and Schotter were the only girls competing for the Vikings with Dressel placing 127th of 474 runners in 22:34 while Schotter was 182nd in 23:03.
The boys were led by Brett Prince in 171st place (out of 510 competitors) in a time of 19:31, followed by Brady Simonson in 228th at 19:39, Larson in 281st at 20:36, Hunter Lieffort in 322nd in 21:06 and Isaac Lee in 337th at 21:21.
“This is a tough course and it was pretty warm for running,” Doucette said. “Both girls were pretty conservative early on but Courtney was able to move up later in the race. Our boys are struggling a bit right now and the competition is so strong here your team score really takes off when you’re not at your best.”