By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — Both area girls cross country teams opened the harrier season at the top of a 12-team race in Boyceville.
The Colfax and Elk Mound girls cross country teams finished first and second respectively at Boyceville’s annual Cross Country Alumni Invitational held Thursday morning, August 25 at Tiffany Creek Elementary School.
The Colfax boys came in fifth with a 172 while Elk Mound’s boys placed eighth out of the 15-team after scoring a 226.
The Colfax girls’ team ended the race with a low score of 63 points to take top honors.
Elk Mound finished tied with Glenwood City with 80 points, but earned the tie-breaker and second place when the Lady Mounders sixth-place runner Paige Romanowski finished nine spots ahead of the HIlltoppers’ sixth runner Emma Scholler.
Colfax coach Joe Doucette said of his girls’ team, “It was nice to win a meet, but it is early and the good teams will keep working and improving.”
Doucette credited freshman runner Jayna Bowe with providing a lot of push and sees a lots of potential in her. Bowe ran fourth for Colfax and came in 16th overall with a time of 23:45.6.
First across the line for the Viking girls was senior Abbagail Schotter. She finished fifth overall with at time of 22:35.5. Less than a minute behind Schotter was sophomore Erica Kallstrom, who placed tenth in a time of 23:13.2.
Senior Ally Heidorn rounded out the Vikings’ top three girls, finishing in 23:32.8 to grab 13th. Sophomore Hailey Prince was Colfax’ fifth-place finisher taking 27th overall in a time of 24:51.7.
Elk Mound’s Elizabeth Fasbender ran a 21:55.6 to be the first across the line for the Lady Mounders’ team and second overall. She was followed by Alana Plaszcz, who was 23 seconds behind Fasbender and was fourth overall. Kassye Todd of Elmwood/Plum City won the girls race in 21:32.7.
The third Mounder to reach the end of the girls’ race was Brooke Plaszcz, 14th place after crossing the finish line in 23:42.8.
Completing the scoring for Elk Mound’s girls were Victoria Fasbender (31st), 25:22.4; and Kristin Martinson (39th), 26:21.2.
On the boys’ side, Colfax again finished ahead of the Mounders, with Luke Heidorn, Trey Hovde and Matthew Reisdorf coming in a tight grouping early enough in the race to mitigate Mounder Cade Hanson’s seventh-place finish overall. Hanson finished with a time of 18:49.6, only a minute after the race winner Brett Tomlinson of Durand, who turned in a winning time of 17:46.6.
Luke Heidorn was the 21st runner to cross the finish in the boys’ race and first for the Vikings. He ran the 5,000 meter course in Boyceville in 20:09.2. Trey Hovde and Matthew Reisdorf were next for the Viking boys taking 29th and 30th with times of 20:41.0 and 20:46.2 respectively. Sawyer Best was the fourth Colfax boy to finish taking 48th in 21:33.7 and Cole Seehaver was close behind in 50th with a 21:36.8. Senior Rowdy Kadinger and Trevor Rothbauer were the Vikings’ sixth and seventh-place runners and had respective times of 22:10.9 and 24:38.2.
Nate Lind was Elk Mound’s second-place boy as he finished 49th in a time of 21:36.0. Seth Hazen, who tripped across the line in 58th in 21:57.6 for third on the Mounders’ team. Ryan Mohr and Matt McLaughlin completed the scoring as Elk Mound’s fourth- and fifth-place runners. Mohr took 63rd in 22:12.9 and McLaughlin ran a 22:19.7 for 66th. Jonas Kohls was the Mounders sixth runner (22:29.9) and Nate Schreiber was their seventh (22:45.5) with finishes of 73rd and 74th.
Both schools did well in the middle school race as the Colfax girls won the race with a low score of 29 led by second-place finisher Jayce Bowe (14:12.1), third-place runner Jasmine Best (14:14.5) and fifth-place winner Molly Heidorn (14:35). The Elk Mound boys finished second behind Glenwood City with a tally of 55. The Toppers had a 45. Luke Lesmeister (6th, 13:44.5), Luke Hanson (9th, 14:35.1) and Brennan Zais (11th, 14:42.7) were the Mounder boys’ top three middle school finishers.
Up next for Colfax is a meet in Dodson on August 30. Elk Mound will be running at invitationals in St. Croix Central on September 1 and Bloomer on September 6.