Elk Mound boys and girls fourth in conference meet

BOYCEVILLE — Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s made it a near perfect day for running in the Dunn St. Croix Conference meet held at Tiffany Creek Elementary School in Boyceville Oct. 16. The Elk Mound boys sent 17 competitors to the varsity competition and placed fourth of eight full teams, while the girls, with eight runners were also fourth in a field of seven teams.

Senior Caleb Kruger earned First Team All Conference by placing sixth in the meet with a time of 18:16 while Lucas Winter, by finishing 12th at 18:30 was named Second Team All Conference. There was a big gap after Kruger and Winter however, as Hunter Kohls was 36th in 20:04, Nate Kruger was 38th at 20:10 and Ryan Mohr was 41st in 20:17 for the Mounder team points.

Also getting a taste of conference competition were Jared Strand (50, 20:47),Grant Kjellberg (54, 20:53), Jake Johnson (56, 21:17), Jonas Kohls (58, 21:26), Nate Lind (61, 21:32), Nate Schreiber (68, 22:09), Jonah Bauer (69, 22:12), Erik Strand (70, 22:13), Bowdrie Noller (77, 23:06), Tyler Svihovec (80, 23:18), William Stone (88, 25:18) and Matt McLaughlin (90, 25:24).There were 95 individuals and the meet was won by Jordan Bringgold of St. Croix Central in 16:43 as he led the Panthers to the conference title over Colfax.

“Caleb and Lucas finished about where we expected,” coach Jeremiah Fredrickson said. “I was hoping our 3-7 runners would place a little higher though.The team is looking forward to having a good meet at sectionals next week and we are hoping to get a couple of guys to state.”

Elizabeth Fasbender ran to a First Team All Conference spot by taking fifth in 21:08 to lead the Mounder girls. Taylor Drinkman of Glenwood City won the meet in 20:53 to help the Hilltoppers claim the team title over Colfax. Following Fasbender was Hannah Cedarblade in 18th place at 22:59, Nevada LaPointe in 28th at 24:35, Elayna Gutsch in 30th in 24:44 and final team points came from Kaitlyn Baier who was 38th in 25:47. Also competing were Corrine Zimmer (39, 26:12), O’Ryhann Hay (40, 26:25) and Mattea Linberg (41, 26:26).

“I thought our girls finished well in a very balanced field this year,” Fredrickson said. “Our 5-6-7 runners all ran a personal best time and they are all working towards a strong showing at sectionals.”

The course for the sectional meet will be familiar since it is right back in Boyceville Saturday, Oct. 25.