BOYCEVILLE — The Colfax boys’ cross country team came up one place and 10 points short at the sectional meet from qualifying for the WIAA state meet this Saturday and did not have any individual runners advance to the meet. The girls’ team finished fifth at the race held in Boyceville after losing their number one runner partway through the race due to illness, but Abbagail Schotter, who placed tenth overall, will have a chance to finish her sophomore season in Wisconsin Rapids.
The boys knew they would have to finish ahead of Chippewa Falls McDonell or Immanuel Lutheran to be one of the two teams who qualify from each sectional, and they knew they would have to run a great race to accomplish it, according to coach Joe Doucette.
“We ran pretty well but just not good enough,” he said. “Immanuel’s fourth runner had a great race and that was the difference from us taking the second spot,” he said. “We had a nice spread from 1-5 but we just needed everyone to run a little faster.”
Tucker Hovde seemed to have finally recovered from a virus he was dealing with the past few weeks and was the first one in for the Vikings. Hovde was 14th individually out of 118 runners and with the top five who are not on the first two teams also qualifying for state, came up two places short with his time of 18:24. Zack Arvold was two spots back in 16th at 18:34, followed by Brett Prince in 21st at 18:37, Brady Simonson on his heels in 22nd at 18:45 and Hunter Lieffort earned the final team points with a 29th place in 19:03. Jacob Larson was the sixth one in at 19:13 for 37th place and Issac Lee was 50th in 19:44. Aiden Manley of conference rival Spring Valley was first in 16:53.
After Courtney Dressel dropped out of the race due to breathing problems, Schotter had her time to shine and finished tenth in the individual standings to earn the fifth qualifying spot. Schotter finished with a time of 21:37 while the top runner, Emily Jaeger of Fall Creek finished in 20:36. Dannielle Dachel, after playing in two volleyball matches earlier in the week, was second for the Vikings and 13th overall in a time of 21:55, Mackenzie Jensen was 36th at 23:21, Cienna Cooper came in for 52nd place in 24:36 and Ally Heidorn was 75th at 26:51. There were 91 competitors in the contest.
“Abbagail finished strong and passed a few runners late in the race to qualify for state,” Doucette said. “Even with a healthy Courtney we would not have finished in the top two spots.”
With the top seven runners for the boys all underclassmen and Dachel the only senior for the girls, the future looks bright for both teams.
“We thought the boys had a great chance to win conference and qualify for state this year,” Doucette said. “But we didn’t improve enough and other teams did. We will have to find a way to get a couple of kids faster for next year. The girls are young and they also have a lot to look forward to. We have made eight straight trips to state with either our boys or girls teams and we hope with the kids we have returning we can get back next year,” he concluded.