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Kruger, Fasbender off to state for Mounders

BOYCEVILLE — Elk Mound senior Caleb Kruger will represent the Elk Mound boys while sophomore Elizabeth Fasbender will compete for the girls at the WIAA State Cross Country meet this Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Both runners were seventh individually at the sectional meet held in Boyceville Oct. 25. Kruger is the second boy in the Mounders five year history to qualify for state while Fasbender is the first girl to reach the big show.

Kruger ran a time of 17:34 to lead the Mounders to a seventh place finish out of 16 teams, just a point away from sixth. Lucas Winter was the next Mounder in for 28th place at 19:02 followed by Nate Kruger in 53rd at 19:51, Jared Strand in 59th at 20:01, Ryan Mohr came in for 61st at 20:03, Grant Kjellberg was 77th at 20:40 and Hayden Kohls finished 91st at 21:17. There were 118 competitors and the race was won by Dunn-St. Croix runner Aiden Manley of Spring Valley in 16:53.

Fasbender ran a time of 21:14 as the team placed eighth of 13. Following Fasbender for the Mounders was Hannah Cedarblade for 24th place in 22:34, Nevada LaPointe in 48th at 24:36, Kaitlyn Baier was 60th in 25:03, Elayna Gutsch was close behind in 62nd at 25:08, Corrine Zimmer was 74th at 26:23 and Matea Linberg finished 77th in 27:05. There were 91 racers and Emily Jaeger of Fall Creek was first in 20:36. The D-SC conference will be well represented as Glenwood City won the team title.

“Both Caleb and Elizabeth set their goal to get to state and things were set up for them to do that,” coach Jeremiah Fredrickson said. “They ran the race they needed to and it paid off. Caleb barely missed getting there last year so this is a great feeling for him. For Elizabeth, it shows her how hard she had to run to qualify for state and she can continue to get better. Both will be trying to finish as high as possible on Saturday. The whole team pushed each other and I thought they all ran a good race today,” he added.