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Area cross country teams compete in Rice Lake, Osceola meets

The Glenwood City and Boyceville cross country teams were busy this past week as both competed in the Rice Lake Invitational on Tuesday, September 15 and the Chieftain Invitational in Osceola on Saturday, September 19.

The meet in Rice Lake was held on the WITC campus and featured more than 30 teams from all three divisions. The Glenwood City boys’ team finished 19th overall (468) and tenth in the small schools division (225) while the Boyceville boys’ garnered a 23rd place showing (590) and 12th in the school small category (295).

The Topper ladies finished fourth in the small school competition (134) and 15th overall (400). Boyceville did not have enough girls to compete in the team standings.

Colfax girls and boys teams are looking like the teams to beat in this year’s Dunn-St. Croix meet to be held next month in Durand. The Viking girls took the small school title with 42 points and finished fourth overall with 154 points. The Colfax boys placed fourth in the small school standings with a 120 and tenth overall with a 283. A pair of Big Rivers’ schools took top team honors. Menomonie captured the top spot for girls with a 94 while Hudson reigned supreme with 50 points in the boys’ final standings.

Four days later in Osceola, the Hilltopper girls took seventh place out of ten teams with a 173 while the Glenwood City boys, without senior Jack Kremer, came in eighth (218 points) and Boyceville was 12th  (330 points) out of the 13 teams. Mahtomedi, MN won the girls competition with 24 points while Colfax finished second with 92. St. Croix Central topped the boys standings with 59 points followed by runner-up and host Osceola with 95. The Colfax boys had the top D-SC finish at sixth place (137 points).

Both schools compete in Durand this Thursday (tomorrow). Glenwood City also ran yesterday (September 22) in Barron.

Chieftain Invitational 

Senior leadership paced the Glenwood City girls’ effort in Osceola. Seniors Morgan Kadinger and Maya Petersen grabbed the two of the top three finishes for the Hilltoppers at the Chieftain Invitational. Kadinger was the top finisher for the Hilltoppers as she placed 21st in 23:00 flat. Petersen was the Toppers third runner to finish, taking 35th in 23:50. Sophomore Makayla O’Brien continued to run well as she ran the course in 23:36 to finish 31st for the GC girls’ second best showing.

That trio was followed by junior Kaylie Scalze in 47th and a time of 24:40, sophomores Elizabeth Wink, 52nd in 25:13 and Emma Scholler, 73rd with a time of 27:00, and junior Tia Carlson placed 85th after running a time of 27:34.

There were 115 runners in the girls race.

“It wasn’t our best race especially for the girls,” noted Glenwood City head coach Matthew Schutz. “But I felt that Maya Petersen and Tia Carlson ran the strongest compared to all of their other races to date.”

On the boys side, sophomores Riley Schutz and Owen Wagner led the charge in Kremer’s absence. Schutz placed 23rd after turning in a time of 19:20. Wagner finished in 20:23 to take 44th.

“The boys were respectable considering Jack Kremer didn’t run,” said Schutz.

“I felt Riley ran the best of the team. Finishing with a time in the low 19s on Osceola’s hilly course was a good time for him,” added Schutz of his son’s run.

Senior Andrew Bauman finished 48th with a time of 20:33, just a second and one spot behind was sophomore Jacob Nadeau, followed by Corey Klatt (56th, 21:01), Matthew Bauman (86th, 22:11) and Nathan Hill (125th, 25:55).

There were 141 competitors in the boys run.

Down three runners due to illness, the Boyceville boys’ team was led by Max Engel, who ran a 20:04 to take 36th place. Senior Jack Kapsner was the second Bulldog to cross the finish taking 46th in 20:32. Rian Corr was the third Boyceville finisher as he took 68th in 21:16. Emmett Kapsner was 130th in 26:52, Casey Owen took 134th in 28:09 and Brennan Wheeldon, a freshman, was 141st after a run of 38:47.

“Max Engel gave a nice performance,” noted Boycville’s head coach, Corey Day.

After being sidelined for the first month of the season, sophomore Shiann Wagner made her season debut at Osceola and finished in 34th place in a time of 23:48. Fellow sophomore Marissa Dormanen was 78th in a time of 27:14 and freshman Sarah Kapsner rounded out the girls’ finishes with a 37:01 and 113th place.

Rice Lake Invitational

Riley Schutz ran a sub 20-minute race to finish as Glenwood City top boys’ runner at the Rice Lake Invite September 15 on the WITC-Rice Lake campus. Schutz completed the race in 19:23.7 to take 55th place out of 213 runners.

Senior Jack Kremer was next to cross the finish line as he also eclipsed that mark to take 66th in 19:33.1.

Andrew Bauman was the Toppers boys’ third runner in as he finished 103rd in 20:31.4. Following were Jacob Nadeau in 21:06.9 for 126th, Owen Wagner at 129th with a 21:11.4 and Corey Klatt with a 21:14.9 for 136th.

Sam Retz was Boyceville’s first boy to finish. Retz placed 82nd after running a 19:51.9. Max Engel came in 104th after a run of 20:32.6. Jack Kapsner was the third Bulldog boy to finish as the senior was 123rd with a time of 21:02.0. Rian Corr and Jerod Nelson round out the scoring as Boyceville’s fourth and fifth runners. Corr took 143rd in 21:20.3 and Nelson finished 155th in 21:42.4.

Michael Chich was 193rd (24:28.8) and Emmett Kapsner was 210th (27:48.1) for the Bulldogs.

Marissa Dormanen had her best race of the season to lead the Boyceille girls. Dormanen was clocked in at 24:50.6 and finished 94th. Lauren Dominick, the Bulldogs only other female runner, placed 109th in 25:44.5

Senior Morgan Kadinger was the top for the GC girls. Kadinger turned in a 22:06.5 and finished 23rd. Finishing nearly two minutes later, Maya Petersen was the second of Glenwood City’s five runners to cross the line as she took 78th place with a run of 24:03.8.

Kaylie Scalze was the next Topper to finish as she grabbed 99th with a 24:50.6 and was followed by Elizabeth Wink with a 25:32.2 for 107th and Emma Scholler at 130th and a time of 27:03.6