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Conference title returns to Glenwood City after nine years

By Kelsie Hoitomt

BOYCEVILLE — The temperature was in the 70’s and the sun was shining last Thursday for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Cross Country meet, which helped make the day even more special for the Glenwood City girls’ team as they took the top honors for the first time in nine years.

“Hard work, confidence and mental preparation really got the job done this season,” said coach Matthew Schutz. “It’s what they have been working towards since they started in sixth grade. Even being without Jennifer Kopacz and Maya Petersen running this season, the freshman, along with the veterans really stepped up.”

The Lady Toppers finished with a total of 37 points between the seven of them after four of the runners placed in the top ten.

That was a clear blow out ahead of second, which went to Colfax with a 63.

Since 1997, the girls’ team has only won two conference titles with the last one in 2005 and then again in 2003. The boys’ team took the title in 2006.

On the course, sophomore Taylor Drinkman crossed the finish line first ahead of 48 other runners with a time of 20:53.0.

Placing second just a few strides behind her was teammate Morgan Kadinger with a time of 20:58.9.

Makayla O’Brien and Taylor were side by side in the first lap of the 5K and then O’Brien settled in and finished eighth with a time of 21:29.3.

Senior Kaitlin Konder followed shortly after her in ninth with a time of 21:41.3.

There was a slight break and then freshman Elizabeth Wink hit the finish after 23:08.9, which put her in 20th.

Seven places down from her in sixth for the team and 27th overall was Macie Rasmussen with a 24:14.5 and then Emma Scholler came in as the anchor at 31st with a 24:44.7.

Sophomore Tia Carlson also ran the course for the Topper team, however she did not count as one of the seven scores. She placed 49th with a time of 37:39.7.

The boys’ team finished sixth out of eight conference schools with a total of 142 points. First went to St. Croix Central with a score of 48.

Despite the placement, the boys had a strong showing as a team with their top seven all finishing in the top 62 out of a total of 95 runners.

Riley Schutz finished 17th overall and first for the Topper boys with a time of 19:09.7 for his varsity debut at a Conference meet.

Jack Kremer followed two places behind in 19th with a time of 19:16.9 and then it was fellow junior Matthew Wink in third for the team and 23rd overall with a time of 19:36.7.

Andrew Bauman, also a junior was next in 39th with a time of 20:14.7 and then Corey Klatt followed in 49th with a 20:45.5.

Finished sixth and seventh for the team was Matthew Bauman and Owen Wagner. Matthew ran a 20:53.0 for 53rd and Owen finished with a 21:36.1 for 62nd.

Ludwig Canonge and Nathan Hill also competed; Ludwig ran a 23:15.3 for 79th and Nathan finished with a 25:49.7 for 91st.

The Toppers will compete at the Sectional meet this Saturday, October 25 in Boyceville starting at 11:00 a.m.