By Cara L. Dempski
FALL CREEK — The Boyceville cross country teams were back in action this past Saturday following an extended Labor Day break.
The Bulldogs competed in the 14-school Knudtson Invitational held September 10 in Fall Creek. Boyceville’s girls team came in sixth with a score of 157 while the boys placed tenth with a 223.
Colfax took the girls’ team title with a score of 65 points as all five of its scoring runners finished in the top 25. Tomahawk was second with 78 followed by Elk Mound (85), Glenwood City (141) and Osseo-Fairchild. Flambeau’s Rachel Lawton turned in the ladies top time with a 20:47.8.
The boys championship went to Dunn-St. Croix front runner Durand who tallied a 34 to best runner-up Tomahawk (46), Bloomer (83) and Colfax (143). Durand’s Wesley Brantner took the top individual honor as he won in a time of 17:42.8 beating teammate Brett Tomlinson by seven seconds.
Boyceville head coach Corey Day said the girls had their best performance of the year and beat some schools that had previously beaten them.
“Naomi Hillman stepped it up,” Day stated. “Naomi is new to this sport and she gets better with every race, taking over three minutes off her first race time.”
Hillman was the first Bulldog to finish in the girls’ race, picking up 13 points. Emily Voelker was next to finish, adding another 19 points to the team’s score. Noelle Wheeldon finished in 26:34.4 to take 43rd overall.
Emma Harnisch was only 22 seconds behind Wheeldon, while Lauren Dominick brought up the rear as the Bulldog’s fifth runner. She finished 50th with a time of 28:18.1.
Bulldog Kiel Anderson led the boys team with a finishing time of 19:44.3. Close behind Anderson was Rian Corr, who finished 33rd in 20:19. Maxwell Engel slipped across the line in 21:23.5.
Jerod Nelson finished in 56th place overall, and Ryker Ferg finished Boyceville’s scoring runners with a time of 22:59.8. Michael Chich and Emmett Kapsner also ran with the Bulldogs, finishing with times of 23:35.1 and 24:46.8.
Coach Day said, “The boys were flat the last mile, they did not respond after the hills.”
He went on to say Fall Creek is a tough course and the team had a hard week of practice. Day said the boys just didn’t have it in the last mile.
The Bulldogs were in Rice Lake on September 13 will run in Osceola on September 17.