Kruger, Fasbender wind up cross country season at state meet

WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Elk Mound High School had one girl and one boy compete in the WIAA Division 3 State Cross Country meet that was held under sunny skies at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids November 1.

 Sophomore Elizabeth Fasbender became the first girl in the five year history of Elk Mound cross country to qualify for the state meet. She finished 87th among 150 individuals with a time of 21:57 in the first ever 5K race for the girls. (The distance was changed this year from the usual 4K). Delaney Greene-Gretzinger of Marion was the medalist with a time of 19:05.

Senior Caleb Kruger, who just missed qualifying for the big show as a junior, placed 77th in a field of 150 competitors with a time of 18:08 as Kevin Koski of Chequamegon was first in 16:06. Kruger followed in the footsteps of former Mounder Ben Holzwarth who competed the past two years at state, making Kruger the second boy from the school to compete in the meet.