FALL CREEK — Glenwood City and Boyceville cross country runners enjoyed near perfect conditions when they returned to action Saturday, September 12 in Fall Creek for the Knudtson Invitational after more than a week’s respite.
The Glenwood City boys came home with the area’s top finish as they placed third in the nine-team field at Fall Creek. Their female counterparts finished fourth out of eight schools that fielded full squads.
The Hilltopper boys tallied 115 points finishing just one point ahead of fourth-place Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran and two points better than Bloomer who took fifth. Tomahawk took the boys’ team title with just 29 points while Dunn-St. Croix rival Colfax was a solid second with 78 points. Boyceville finished in sixth with a total of 147.
Glenwood City came in fourth in the girls’ race with a tally of 101 points. Colfax, with the top three finishers and all five of its runners in the top 15, easily won the girls’’ crown with 29 points. Tomahawk was second with 60 points and Fall Creek was third after scoring an 80. Dunn-St. Croix schools Elk Mound (118) and Spring Valley (127) were fifth and sixth respectively.
The Boyceville ladies, with just three runners, did not score in the team standings – five runners are needed to tally a team score.
Senior Jake Kremer along with sophomore Riley Schutz once again led the Topper boys.
Kremer ran the 5,000 meter course in 19:10.0 to finish in 10th place. Schutz crossed the finish line some eight and a half seconds and four places later (19:18.6, 14th).
Jacob Nadeau was the Toppers’ third runner to complete the race coming across the finish in 29th place in a time of 20:11. Andrew Bauman and Corey Klatt were the Toppers fourth and fifth place runners as they finished 33rd and 34th respectively less than two second apart (20:24.1 compared to 20:25.9). Owen Wagner was not far behind as he finished 38th in a time of 20:41.1 to round out the field of competitors for the GC boys.
Morgan Kadinger, after missing the previous week’s meet at St. Croix Central due to illness, returned to action in Fall Creek and paced the Glenwood gals to their fourth-place showing. The senior ran the 5K race in 22:46.0 for eighth place.
Fellow senior Maya Petersen was the second Lady Topper to compete the run, taking 17th with a time of 24:04.6.
Kaylie Scalze and Elizabeth Wink were just two spots and four seconds apart as they finished as the Toppers third and fourth runners. Scalze ran a 25:36.5 for 32nd and Wink crossed the line in 34th after a time of 25:40.6. Emma Scholler rounded out the scoring as she place 38th in 26:52.6 in a field of 63 runners.
Both of Glenwood City middle school teams had excellent performances. The girls topped the standing with 27 points – more than half of runner-up Flambeau (59) while the boys (87 points) finished second behind host Fall Creek (45).
Isabella Williams and Emily Bethell took the top two spots in the girls middle school race with times of 13:43 and 14:05. Bella Simmons was sixth, Samantha Peterson took tenth, Gabrielle Moede was 13th, Bella Rassbach was 15th, Tabby Nadeau was 18th and Annika Bauman was 18th.
Aaron Holmquist (seventh) and Elijah Simmons (12th) had top 15 finishes for the boys.
Rian Corr was the first Boyceville boy to finish the race at Fall Creek as he took 21st in 19:58.1. But Max Engel was close on his heels with a 20:03.1 and was just a place back in 22nd.
Five seconds later, Sam Retz (20:08.3) crossed the finish as Boyceville’s third runner taking 26th followed closely by Jack Kapsner in 28th with a time of 20:10.6.
Jerod Nelson finished 58th in a time of 22:26.7, Michael Chick crossed the line in 63rd in 23:19.9 and Emmett Kapsner finished 68th with a time of 26:22.9.
Lauren Dominick had her best race so far this year as she placed 30th in Fall Creek with a time of 25:15.3. Marissa Dormanen finished just a spot back in 25:28.2. The Bulldogs third and final female runner was Sarah Kapsner, who took 59th in 33:01.3.
In their first race of the year, the Boyceville middle school did quite well.
Andrew Akers captured the boys individual title with a 12:48 and Nathan Corr was fifth in 13:25 to help the Bulldogs MS boys to fourth place. Noelle Wheeldon was the top girls’ middle school racer as she finished 20th.
Both Boyceville and Glenwood City ran in Rice Lake yesterday and will be in Osceola this Saturday, September 19 for an invitational. The Toppers will also compete in Barron on Tuesday, September 22.