LADYSMITH — Despite missing one of their top runners, the Colfax boys won their second cross country meet of the season, beating out seven other teams at the Ladysmith Invitational held at Sisters Farm Trail Oct. 2. The girls placed third behind Eau Claire Regis and Cameron, both of which ran at the state meet last year.
Tucker Hovde has been under the weather the last week or so but the rest of the Colfax boys picked up the slack with the first seven runners finishing in the top 25 of 87 individual competitors. Zack Arvold returned after missing the past two meets and placed sixth to lead the way in a time of 18:38, followed by Brady Simonson in ninth at 19:10. next in line came Brett Prince in 12th at 19:21.5, Hunter Lieffort in 13th at 19:21.6, Jacob Larson in 17th at 19:43, Issac Lee 20th at 19:55 and Daniel Schneider in 26th at 20:21. Also competing were Grady Gibson who finished 36th at 20:52, Brett Johnson in 39th at 21:03, Jacob Jensen in 49th at 22:18 and Rowdy Kadinger in 57th at 22:44. Brandon Books of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser won the race in 17:01.
“The boys were solid in winning the meet with everyone running pretty well,”coach Joe Doucette said. “We had a good spread in the 1-5 spots for just over a minute. Having Zack back is huge for us because he is a tough competitor and it rubs off on the rest of the team.”
The girls had only five runners but two finished in the top 10 of 70 individuals with Courtney Dressel leading the Vikings in fifth place with a time of 21:28 while Abbagail Schotter was just one spot behind in a time of 21:35. Mackenzie Jensen was 13th at 23:02, Cienna Cooper made her return after being ill for a couple of weeks, placing 26th at 24:26 and Ally Heidorn was 29th at 24:40. Cora Bruxvoort of Bloomer continues to dominate local meets as she won yet another one with a time of 19:48.
“We don’t have a lot of depth right now so we need everyone to run well and stay healthy,” Doucette said. “We still have time to improve and catch some teams ahead of us. It will be a fun few weeks ahead of us as we head into the conference and regional meets,” he added.
Colfax placed second in the Middle School Girls’ Division with Erica Kallstrom placing fifth of 42 runners while Jasmine Best was sixth. The boys were third in their division with Sawyer Best taking third in a field of 65 competitors while Luke Blanchard was tenth.
NOTE: The boys’ team earned a big thank you from the Ladysmith Rescue Squad for helping to push the ambulance out of a ditch after the meet. Apparently the meet was held off of a dirt road which became muddy from an earlier rainfall, resulting in the ambulance sliding off the road. The boys were on their way back to the bus and were one of the last teams to leave, so they combined their strength to help out!
BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Colfax 49, Cameron 65, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 87, Bloomer 88, Eau Claire regis 115, Barron 156, Ladysmith 180, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 217
GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Eau Claire regis 57, Cameron 70, Colfax 76, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 108, Bloomer 120, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 128, Ladysmith 164, Barron 174, Cumberland 223