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Colfax harriers tune up for conference meet at Old Abe Invite

EAU CLAIRE — In their final competition before the conference meet this Thursday in Boyceville, the Colfax girls finished 10th of 15 teams at the Old Abe Invitational Oct. 11 while the boys were 12th of 15 teams. The race, hosted by Eau Claire Memorial was run at South Middle School and had several Division I schools providing some tough competition for the Vikings.

Courtney Dressel was the first runner for the Colfax girls to cross the finish line, placing 29th out of 109 runners in a time of 20:53. Abbagail Schotter followed in 40th place at 21:12, Mackenzie Jensen was next at 22:13 for 58th place, Cienna Cooper was 69th in 23:05 and Ally Heidorn was the final runner for the team in 95th place at 24:54. Aubrey Roberts of Memorial won the race at 17:57. Colfax was missing two sport athlete Dannielle Dachel who was playing in a volleyball tournament, however Dachel should be available to compete in the conference meet.

“We had a look at some of the best teams in our conference and sectional in this meet,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We ran pretty solid but I’m afraid we don’t have enough time to gain any more ground for the next few weeks.”

The boys were also without one of their top runners, Zack Arvold who was ill, allowing Tucker Hovde to take the lead for the boys, placing 59th in a field of 114 at 18:22 with Patrick Treacy, also of Memorial winning the race in 15:46. Brett Prince was the next Viking in at 18:29 for 63rd place, Brady Simonson was 65th at 18:33, Jacob Larson was close behind in 69th at 18:39 and Hunter Lieffort was 81st at 19:16.Also competing were Issac Lee in 83rd at 19:23 and Daniel Schneider in 87th at 19:41.

“The boys ran pretty good timewise but we had great competition,” Doucette said. “We will have to run some great times at conference to retain our championship.”

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: EC Memorial 43, DC Everest 92, Menomonie 112, New Richmond 118, Chippewa Falls 129, Hudson 145, Glenwood City 197, EC Regis 226, Fall Creek 231, Colfax 291, Rice Lake 299, Altoona 351, McDonall Central 360, Cadott 366, Immanuel Lutheran 399

BOYS TEAM SCORES: New Richmond 80, DC Everest 89, Altoona 112, EC Memorial 1123, EC North 120, Hudson 139, Menomonie 191, Rice Lake 193, Chippewa Falls 193, Immanual Lutheran 228, Colfax 337, Glenwood City 425, Cadott 447, EC Regis 457