HAMMOND — As the old adage reads, “better late than never”, could have easily applied to the Boyceville’s cross country teams’ adventure to last Thursday’s meet at St. Croix Central High School.
While some athletes competing at the September 3 meet in Hammond suffered physical breakdowns due to the insufferable humidity and heat, Boyceville experienced a mechanical failure when its bus broke down on the way to meet leaving competitors and coaches stranded along the roadside.
When attempts to make radio contact with the Glenwood City bus that passed by failed, the athletes and coaches had to wait for another bus from Boyceville to come and transport them to the meet.
The Bulldogs’ competitors arrived just in time to take part in the races and despite the humid conditions, ran without any further incidences.
Led by Sam Retz’ 16th place showing, the Bulldog boys finished sixth with 167 points. Retz, who was the Boyceville boys top finished for a second straight meet, clocked the 5,000 meter course in 20:00.72.
Rian Corr just missed a top 25 placement ten seconds and a single spot as he took 26th in a time of 20:56.34. Teammates Jack Kapsner, Max Engel and Jerod Nelson rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs as they were Boyceville third, fourth and fifth place runners finishing 32nd, 39th and 70th respectively. Kapsner completed the race in 21:22.03, Engel turned in a time of 21:53.87 and Nelson finished with a 23:27.65.
Five other Bulldogs competed in the boys competition. Michael Chich was 95th with a time of 25:57.71, Emmett Kapsner was 114th in 28:43.32, Casey Owen finished with a 31:06.75 to take 118th and Mark Timper and Caleb Hagen were 123rd and 124th respectively with times of 33:33.0 and 37:01.45.
With just three runners, the Boyceville girls did not have enough to tally a team score which is based on the place finishes of a team’s top five individual runners.
Marissa Dormanen was the Lady Bulldogs first runner to finish as she took 35th place in a time of 26:36.14. Lauren Dominick placed 61st after running a 29:35.10 and Sarah Kapsner finished in 36:31.77 for 101st place.
Boyceville will be competing at Fall Creek this Saturday, September 12 and in Rice Lake on the UW-Barron County campus next Tuesday, September 15.