BOYCEVILLE — Expectations were high for both the the Colfax boys’ and girls’ cross country teams this year as they began the season as the reigning Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions. With most of their runners returning from last year, things looked good early on for both teams but other teams in the conference were improving and pushing the Vikings with ideas of knocking them off that pedestal.
That’s exactly what happened with Glenwood City winning the girls’ division by 26 points over Colfax, and St. Croix Central won the boys’ division by just eight points over the runner up Vikings. The race was held in Boyceville at Tiffany Creek Elementary School under lovely weather conditions with sunny skies and a 63 degree temperature October 16.
Courtney Dressel took over as the lead runner for the girls this year and placed third behind a pair of Hilltopper runners in a time of 21:02. Taylor Drinkman won the meet in 20:53 while her teammate Morgan Kadinger was second in 20:58. Following Dressel for the Lady Vikes was Abbagail Schotter in seventh place at 21:15 and Dannielle Dachel, who ran in just a couple of meets this year due to volleyball commitments, was 10th in 21:41. Dressel was named First Team All Conference for her effort while Schotter and Dachel were second team. Mackenzie Jensen was 24th in 23:32 and close behind was Cienna Cooper for the final Colfax points in 23:37. Ally Heidorn was the sixth and final runner in at 25:09 for 34th place in a field of 49 individuals.
“We knew the girls had to run perfect to win this race,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said. “We ran a solid race but Glenwood City was great. They were clearly the best team today and we congratulate them.”
The boys had seven runners finish under 20 minutes in the race but didn’t have any in the top seven spots for First Team AC accolades. Four of them earned Second Team however, including Zack Arvold in eighth place at 18:24, Brady Simonson a spot behind in ninth at 18:26.5, Brett Prince in tenth, less than a second behind at 18:26.9 and Tucker Hovde in 13th at 18:35. Hunter Lieffort was just two places back in 16th at 18:55, Jacob Larson came in at 19:40 for 25th, Isaac Lee was 28th at 19:55 and just over the 20 minute mark was Grady Gibson at 20:03 for 35th place. Daniel Schneider finished the race in 45th place at 20:23 along with Brett Johnson in 63rd at 21:27 and Rowdy Kadinger in 64th at 21:41. Central’s Jordan Bringgold won the race of 95 runners in 16:43.
“We were ahead by a little at the two mile mark but Central finished better than we did,” Doucette said. “We ran one of our best races of the year but it wasn’t enough to beat a good Central team. We have nine days to improve before sectionals. We have a fighting chance to finish in the top two and get back to state but we will have to run better then we did today,” he added.
The sectional meet will be back in Boyceville Saturday, October 25.
Colfax won the Middle School Girls’ race with eighth grader Erica Kallstrom placing first while Jasmine best was third. The boys’ team was second led by Luke Blanchard in tenth and Sawyer Best in 11th.
GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Glenwood City 37, Colfax 63, Spring Valley 99, Elk Mound 107, St. Croix Central 119, Boyceville 119, Elmwood 122
BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: St. Croix Central 48, Colfax 56, Spring Valley 97, Elk Mound 130, Mondovi 136, Glenwood City 142, Elmwood City 146, Boyceville 154