By Cara L. Dempski
FALL CREEK — The Colfax boys’ and girls’ cross country teams were back and running hard at the Knudtson Invitational September 10 in Fall Creek.
Coach Joe Doucette’s Viking girls topped the field of 14 schools, taking the team title with a low tally of 65 points to best runner-up Tomahawk (78) by 13 and third-place finisher and rival Elk Mound (85) by 20 points.
The Colfax boys placed fourth in a field of 13 competing schools finishing with a score of 143. Dunn-St. Croix Conference favorite Durand, led by Wesley Brantner who turned in a winning time of 17:42.8, won the meet with a 34. Like its girls’ squad, the Tomahawk boys took second place as it finished with a 46. Bloomer was a distant third with 83 points.
Doucette also called the girls win a solid team effort. He noted the girls worked very hard in practice and were probably a little tired, but did a good job overall.
“We are very excited to be winning some meets and competing, but we know the important meets are late in the year,” Doucette said.
Erica Kallstrom, who was third overall with a time of 21:34.4, led the Lady Vikings. Abbagail Schotter finished with a time of 22:20.9 to end up four placings behind Kallstrom in seventh. Abby Heidorn came in 12th and had a time of 23:58.4.
Hailey Prince was 23rd running 36 seconds behind Heidorn. Jayna Bowe (24:54.6) and Juelia Berger (25:43.3) completed the girls’ team for the Vikings, running 28th and 34th overall.
“We have a couple key kids with some injuries, so we need to be very careful. Hopefully we can stay healthy,” Doucette said.
Flambeau’s Rachel Lawton won the overall race, finishing with a time of 20:47.8.
“The boys were solid again,” Doucette said of the . “It’s great to have Jake Larson in the lineup.”
Jake Larson was the first across the finish line for Colfax, finishing 25th with a time of 19:54.3. Cole Seehaver was only seconds behind Larson, finishing 27th in just over 20 minutes. Trey Hovde added to the team’s score, slipping in only four seconds after Seehaver as the 29th runner to finish the race.
Viking runner Luke Heidorn was only a fraction of a second behind Hovde and ended in 30th place. Sawyer Best rounded out the top five for the Vikings, finishing 43d with a time of 21:04.2.
Trevor Rothbauer and Rowdy Kadinger also ran for the Colfax boys, finishing in 54th and 66th place respectively.
Doucette said after the race, “Cole Seehaver had his best race, he has a ton of potential as a freshman.”
He also said he liked the team’s spread, with the first through fifth runners close together. Doucette believes his boys team still needs improvement. He said conference rival Durand is very good, and it will be tough to gain ground on them.
The Vikings competed in Rice Lake September 13 and will be in Osceola on this Saturday, September 17.