BRUCE — Competing under hot and very humid conditions took its toll on everyone but especially the Colfax girls during the Bruce Invitational Cross County Meet held at Dodson’s Memorial Recreation Center August 31. With only four Viking girls finishing the race, they did not record a team score but the boys’ team finished third behind some tough competition in the field of 11 teams
Tucker Hovde who ran with the top group the whole race, led the Colfax boys to the finish line for fifth place in a time of 18:48, with defending state champion Kevin Koski of Chequamegon winning the race at 16:32. Following Hovde for the Vikings was Zac Arvold who just missed a medal by placing 11th in 19:51 while Jacob Larson came in for 18th place in 20:46. Brett Prince was just two spots behind him in 20th at 20:52 and Hunter Lieffort scored team points as the fifth runner in for the Vikings at 21:49 for 33rd place. Brady Simonson was 41st at 22:30, and close behind came Ike Lee in 43rd at 22:40. Jacob Jensen finished in 85th place at 26:11 in a field of 109 individual runners.
“We had some good races mixed in with some kids struggling, with the weather,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We had a decent team score behind two good teams (Chequamegon and Drummond) but it wasn’t a great race for us. There is more good than bad after two races but we have a lot of hard work to do,” he added.
Courtney Dressel and Erica Kallstrom were the first two runners in for the Vikings for the second straight meet with Dressel placing third at 22:16 while Kallstrom was fourth in 22:30. Ally Heidorn finished in 17th place in 25:20 and the final runner to cross the line for Colfax was Abbagail Schotter in 25th place in 26:28. Dempsey Fogarty was running in the top ten group late in the race but twisted her ankle and didn’t finish and Hailey Prince struggled with the heat and also didn’t make it to the end. There were 73 individuals with seven full teams completing the race in the division as freshman Rachel Lawton of Flambeau won the race in 21:17. The top three teams (Phillips, Chequamegon and Cameron) all competed at the state meet a year ago.
“The good news is we showed we can compete with some very good teams,” Doucette said. “But we are not very deep and we need everyone to run well and finish. We can be pretty good if we keep improving.”
The Colfax boys and girls both placed fourth in the Middle School races with Sawyer Best and Cole Seehaver placing fourth and fifth respectively for the boys while Jasmine Best was sixth and Jillian Bowe was 18th to pace the girls.
The Vikings do not compete again until Sept. 12 in Fall Creek.
BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Chequamegon 34, Drummond 41, Colfax 87, Phillips 92, Cameron 178,Cadott 180, Solon Springs 181, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 210, Ladysmith 222, Butternut 279, Shell Lake 189
GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES: Phillips 30, Chequamegon 48, Cameron 49, Cadott 128, Cornell-Lake Holcombe 139, Shell Lake 141, Mellen 198