ELK MOUND — Two four year runners and one who competed for just a year ran their final high school races for the Elk Mound cross country team this season.
Caleb Kruger culminated his four year career by running in the WIAA State meet this season, finishing 77th in a time of 18:08. He ran a personal best time of 17:34 for seventh place in the sectional meet to qualify for state after finishing sixth at the conference meet in 18:16, earning First Team All Conference honors. As a junior, he was Second Team All Conference with a ninth place finish in18:05 and was oh-so-close to qualifying for the big show when he was 11th at the sectional meet in 17:58. The Mounders were the runners-up in the team competition at the conference meet his sophomore year where Kruger was 21st in 19:05 which was a big improvement over his freshman year when he was 68th at 22:59.
After his state meet experience, coach Jeremiah Fredrickson commented on Kruger’s performance.
“Caleb ran about where we thought he would time wise,” he said. “He was ecstatic to be running at state and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
Another four year competitor, Lucas Winter also continued to improve from his freshman year through his senior year. In his first conference meet, Winter was 54th in 21:28, moved up to 27th as a sophomore in 19:37, placed 18th his junior year, lowering his time by over a minute in 18:30, and achieved Second Team All Conference status this year by placing 12th tying his personal best time of 18:30. His sectional times also dropped from 19:43 as a sophomore to 19:08 his junior year, to 19:02 and a 28th place finish this season.
Tyler Svihovec lowered his times significantly from the start of his senior year to the end. In the Bloomer meet held Sept. 9, Svihovec finished in 29:14 and in his final meet which was the conference meet, he was 80th with a time of 23:18.