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Boyceville cross country teams peaking for conference

Boyceville’s cross country teams seem to be peaking at the right time.

Heading into this week’s Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet, which will be held Thursday in Durand, the Bulldogs had some of their best performances in the final two meets of the regular season.

After placing 13th overall and seventh in the small school competition at the Amery Invitational Tuesday, October 6, the Boyceville boys’ team captured second place in the small school standings and tenth overall at Saturday’s (October 10) Gerald Holte Invitational on the Schultz Family Farm in Arcadia.

“We had an awesome meet Saturday in Arcadia,” stated Boyceville head coach Corey Day. “The high school boys placed second in the small school division out of 13 full teams.”

Day noted that some of the members of his boys’ squad ran season and lifetime bests on a course that featured seven daunting hills.

A perfect example was the performance of sophomore Rian Corr, who, despite some nagging injuries, ran his best time and finished just behind the Bulldogs top pair of Sam Retz and Max Engel.

Corr ran a sub-20 minute race as he clocked the challenging course in 19:51 to take 57th.

Corr finished just two spots and some three seconds behind the Bulldogs’ number two runner Max Engel, who was charted with a finishing time of 19:48, good for 55th place.

Sam Retz led the Bulldog boys once again taking 49th after completing his run in 19:39.

Less than 30 seconds separated the next two Bulldog finishers – Jack Kapsner and Jerod Nelson. Kapsner, Boyceville’s lone senior, took 65th in 20:05 and Nelson was 82nd after recording a time of 20:34.

Kiel Anderson and Michael Chich rounded out the varsity roster with place finishes of 122nd and 129th respectively. Anderson was timed in 21:48 and Chich had a 22:10.

“Arcadia did a nice job of splitting schools by enrollment and it was nice to see us have success against schools our size,” added Day.

Boyceville’s girls’ team finished 15th out of 17 schools and was sixth in the small school standings.

Shian Wagner has been leading the girls since returning from injury a few weeks ago. Saturday’s race in Arcadia was no different. Wagner was the Lady Bulldogs’ top finisher at 49th thanks to a solid time of 23:43.

Wagner was followed by Lauren Dominick, 65th, 24:24; Marissa Dormanen, 72nd, 24:53; Emma Harnisch, 79th, 25:16; and Sarah Kapsner, 132nd, 33:46.

“The girls ran well,” said Day. “But I believe we have room for improvement.”

136 runners competed in the girls’ race while 153 participated in the boys’ race.

Viroqua took the overall boys’ crown with 66 points followed by West Salem (97), Holmen (99), La Crosse Aquinas (107) and Westby (142). Brookwood won the boys’ small school division. The Westby girls also tallied 66 points to claim the overall title with Holmen (79), West Salem (88), Ellsworth (171) and La Crosse Aquinas (174). Cochrane-Fountain City was the Ladies’ small school champs.

The Boyceville middle boys placed fifth while the girls were 11th. Andrew Akers (8th) and Nathan Corr (12th) finished in the top 15 to lead the boys while Noelle Wheeldon’s 41st place finish was tops among the Boyceville girls.

Amery

Coach Day was not sure what to expect from his charges in Amery last Tuesday, October 6 after the Bulldogs had run so well just three days prior in New Richmond.

The Bulldogs looked a bit worn and ragged after running in their third meet in less than a week.

The girls took tenth out of 12 teams overall and were fifth in the small school division while the boys finished 13th out of 15 teams competing in the boys’ race and seventh among the small schools.

“This streak of meets was difficult for some of our runners but I think the hard running will pay off in the last few weeks of the season,” stated Day.

Shiann Wagner had the best time and place finish for the Boyceville girls. She took 45th in 24:03. But Lauren Dominick and Marissa Dormanen were close on her heels. Dominick finished  48th in 24:26 while Dormanen ran a 24:36 for 51st. Emma Harnisch placed 66th with a time of 26:01 and Sarah Kapsner was clocked in 35:59 to take 104th.

Max Engel was the first boy to finish for the Bulldogs. Engel’s time of 19:35 put him in 38th place.

Sam Retz just snuck under the 20-minute mark with a 19:59 to take 50th.

Emmett Kapsner was 61st in 20:27 and was followed by Jerod Nelson, 76th, 21:05; Rian Corr, 91st, 21:53; Michael Chich, 92nd, 21:58; and Kiel Anderson, 97th, 22:13.

River Falls was both the boys’ and girls’ overall champions. Unity/Luck won the small school honors on the boys side while Glenwood City prevailed for the girls.