By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — The Colfax and Elk Mound cross country teams each had a meet this past week.
The Colfax boys’ and girls’ teams competed August 30 in Barron while Elk Mound’s teams participated in the St. Croix Central Invite held September 1.
Colfax at Bruce Invitational
Colfax coach Joe Doucette said the Bruce Invitational held at Dodson Golf Course on August 30 was a tough course to run on a hot day.
The Viking boys placed third out of 12 teams. Chequamegon, listed as one of the top cross country teams in the state, won the event.
“We held our own,” Doucette said. “A few people struggled with the weather, but everyone held in there well.”
The boys ran the course well, per Doucette, with the top five finishing very close together. For a number of relatively new runners, he said the boys are much better than he thought they would be so early this season. He stated the good part is having a lot of room still for improvement.
“Our mix of freshman and newcomers has shown (their) potential,” Doucette said.
Doucette describes Luke Heidorn, the Vikings’ lead boys runner, as a good athlete. Heidorn finished first for the Colfax boys, coming in 16th with a time of 20:05.6. A little over a minute behind Heidorn were Trey Hovde and Matthew Reisdorf, who finished race in 18th and 20th places.
The Vikings’ fourth runner Cole Seehafer finished in 24th place with 22 points for the team, and Sawyer Best ran fifth, crossing the line at 22:32.2 to come in 37th overall.
Rowdy Kadinger and Trevor Rothbauer finished the group for Colfax, coming in with times of 22:47 and 23:33 respectively.
Chequamegon’s Cole Bay and Brady Kielpikowski finished one-two, leading the field with times of 18:28 and 18:46.
Coach Doucette said the girls faced a tough field at the meet, going against four teams that were state-ranked in 2015. The Viking girls placed third in a field of eight. Once again, Chequamegon claimed the team title.
“Coming in, we thought we had a chance to win a tough meet,” Doucette said. “We were solid, but not quite good enough to win.”
In a field of 87 runners, Colfax sophomore Erica Kallstrom came in third overall, and first for the team, with a time of 22:20.09. Kallstrom was followed exactly 80 seconds later by senior Abbagail Schotter. Third in for the Viking girls was Hailey Prince at 24:24.9, and fourth runner Ally Heidorn finished 17th overall and crossed the line 14 seconds after Prince.
Jayna Bowe finished in the top five for the Colfax girls. She was 21st overall and had a time of 25:16.7. Juelia Berger was the sixth runner and finished in 26:01 seconds.
Flambeau’s Rachel Lawton was first in for the field of 87 girls competing. She finished the race in 21:05.
Doucette said some of the girls struggled with the heat, and he is anticipating the cooler temperatures as the season progresses.
“We miss Courtney and Dempsey (seniors from 2015’s team), but Ally Heidorn and Abbagail Schotter are good leaders,” Doucette said of the two senior runners. “They are two super kids who put others first, they are always there doing their best.”
The Vikings’ coach sees the girls improving as the season goes on. He said they are trying to be patient and work hard while staying healthy. Doucette said the team is excited to see how much better it can get.
The Vikings boys and girls cross country teams will next compete on September 10 in Fall Creek. The meet will start that day at 10 a.m.
Elk Mound at St. Croix Central
The Mounders ran in their second meet of the season September 1 at St. Croix Central in Hammond. The boys finished eighth of 11 teams, while the girls were fourth out of ten.
“The men are improving with two freshmen setting the pace,” coach Jeremiah Fredrickson said of the boys team.
Fredrickson noted he saw improvement from most of them from the previous week’s meet and is looking for all of them to start racing more instead of running.
Elk Mound’s Cade Hanson stepped across the line first for the boys, finishing in 12th place with a time of 18:59. Seth Hazen finished a few minutes behind Hanson for 43rd place.
Nate Schrieber, Ryan Mohr and Jonas Kohls finished 49th, 51st and 78th respectively and were all within seconds of each other for times. Schrieber finished in 21:33, Mohr crossed the line with a time of 21:44, and Kohls finished with a time of 22:03.
Three more runners rounded out the Mounder’s team in Hammond. Nate Lind ran sixth for the team and came in 59th with a time of 22:18. Andrew Pathos finished one second behind Lind, and Matt McLaughlin finished in 70th place after finishing in 22:52.
The top boys’ runner at the meet was Durand’s Brett Tomlinson. He finished the race with a time of 17:22.
“We saw improvement from nearly all our runners, and that led to a satisfying fourth-place finish behind division one and two teams,” said Fredrickson of the girls.
The Elk Mound girls ran the meet without the assistance of their top runner, Elizabeth Fasbender. Sophomores Alana and Brook Plaszcz led the way, coming in sixth and 17th with times of 22:00 and 23:39. Victoria Fasbender, also a sophomore, ran in the number three spot; she finished 31st at 24:32.
Kristin Martinson ran fourth for Elk Mound and was 39th with a time exactly one minute after Fasbender’s. Sophomore Paige Romanowski completed the Mounder top five, placing 40th with a time of 25:54.
Also running for the Mounder girls were Claudia Paul, Taya Schaefer and Mattea Linberg. The trio placed 44th, 51st and 54th.
Anya Swanson of Somerset was the girls’ winner, finishing with a time of 20:02.
Overall, Fredrickson said the September 1 meet was very nice one for the Mounders. The team can be seen again September 10 in Fall Creek.