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GC girls second, boys fourth in cross country opener

BOYCEVILLE — It proved a great morning for a run as Glenwood City along with several other area schools opened the cross country season at the annual Boyceville Alumni Invitational held at Tiffany Creek Elementary last Thursday, August 27.

The late morning start offered near ideal conditions helping both Hilltopper squads to excellent finishes.

The Lady Toppers were runners-up for the second straight year paced by the top-ten finishes of senior Morgan Kadinger and sophomore Makayla O’Brien. Glenwood City tallied 82 points to finish behind conference foe Colfax. The Vikings, led by individual winner Courtney Dressel and runner-up Ericka Kallstrom, scored a 48 as their top five runners all finished 25th or better. Elk Mound was third with 110 points while last year’s champ, Fall Creek, scored 111 to take fourth in the girls’ 10-team standings.

Another Toppers’ senior-sophomore duo, that of Jack Kremer and Riley Schutz, led the Glenwood City boys to a fourth-place showing in the 12-team race, the squad’s best in recent years. The boys finished with a score of 125. Traditional cross country powerhouse Chippewa Falls McDonell secured the boys’ title with a low of 38 points followed by Colfax at 62 and Dunn-St. Croix newcomer Durand with 79 points.

“For the girls to take second was a great start considering we were missing three veterans from last season,” stated Matthew Schutz, Glenwood City head coach.

Most notably absent is junior Taylor Drinkman, the team’s top runner the past two seasons. She is still recovering from knee surgery earlier this year and is not expected back until mid-to-late October.

But veteran Morgan Kadinger along with Makayla O’Brien accepted the mantel of leadership for the ladies.

Kadinger ran a 22:32.4 for sixth place on the 5,000 meter course that will again host the Division 3 cross country sectional in a few months time. O’Brien crossed the finish line a little over a half minute later to take tenth in 23:04.2.

Senior Maya Petersen was the third Topper to finish as she placed 19th in a time of 23:39.6; junior Kaylie Scalze was seven spots back in 26th after finishing in 24:25.9; Emma Scholler was the team’s fifth runner to cross the line taking 41st in 26:49.6; following were freshman Alexys Curvello in 52nd and a time of 27:49.0 and junior Tia Carlson, 71st, in 29:24.1.

“Maya Petersen ran a very strong race after missing last season,” Schutz said. “She hadn’t raced any 5K’s since her freshman year.”

“Kaylie Scalze also did very well for her first race ever and proved to be in the hunt for our top seven,” added the coach.

“The boys had a great race,” noted Schutz.

Just a minute and a half separated the Glenwood City boys top six runners.

Senior Jack Kremer was the first to cross the finish line as he did so in 19:32.5 to place 12th. Just a second later sophomore Riley Schutz completed his run in 14th. Sophomores Owen Wagner and Jacob Nadeau were the team’s third and fourth runners to finish, Wagner took 31st in a time of 20:39.6 followed by Nadeau in 38th with a time of 20:53.5.

Finishing 44th and 45th were senior Andrew Bauman (21:00.3) and junior Corey Klatt (21:02.8) with sophomore Matthew Bauman filling the Toppers’ seventh position at 71st in 22:51.6.

“We returned everyone (last season) and should be even stronger once Matt Wink returns,” Schutz added.

The coach also gave kudos to Jacob Nadeau saying, “Jacob proved that he could run with the big boys in his very first race.”

“Friendly competition among teammates only makes them better,” concluded Schutz.

The Hilltoppers will compete in an invitational at St. Croix Central Thursday, September 3. Racing will get underway at 4 p.m. The squads are then off until September 12 when they run in Fall Creek.