By Kelsie Hoitomt
SPRING VALLEY — There were six teams in Spring Valley on Thursday night for the girls’ cross country meet. Out of six teams, the Toppers were number one with a team total of 31 from seven runners.
At the conclusion of the boys’ 5K, the Toppers were second overall against four other teams with a total of 55 points; first went to Spring Valley with a 33.
On the girls’ team, Taylor Drinkman ran not only first for her team, but she was first place overall out of 38 runners with a time of 21:29.20 despite the rainy cold weather.
Makayla O’ Brien followed her in fifth place with a 22:11.33 and Kaitlin Konder was a few strides behind in sixth with a time of 22:38.38.
Also running along side each other were Morgan Kadinger and Elizabeth Wink. Kadinger finished ninth with a time of 23:05.88 and Wink was in tenth with a 23:23.87.
Macie Rasmussen hit the finish line at 24:05.86, which put her in 14th and then it was Emma Scholler ten spots away in 24th with a 26:29.21.
Tia Carlson rounded out the team of seven with a 38th place finish and a time of 24:48.45.
On the boys’ team, Riley Schutz blazed the trail for the others with a time of 19:37.93 for a sixth place finish out of 51 runners.
First went to Aidan Manley of Spring Valley with a time of 17:41.33.
Jack Kremer came in second for the team, but it was a close run to first as he finished just behind Schutz with a time of 19:48.14.
Three spots down the line was Matthew Wink in 10th place with a time of 20:18.89. Then in 14th it was Owen Wagner with a time of 20:40.13.
Andrew Bauman was next in 23rd (21:27.24) and then Corey Klatt and Matthew Bauman ran almost side by side with a 21:41.70 and 21:46.35.
Ludwig Canonge wrapped up the team of runners with a time of 25:33.34, which put him in 44th place.
The Toppers were in Amery Tuesday (Oct. 7) to compete against 16 other school districts.
They will be at the Eau Claire Memorial Middle School on Saturday, October 11 before they participate in the conference meet on Thursday, October 16.