By Cara L. Dempski
RICE LAKE — The Colfax girls’ cross country team ran to a first-place finish out of 16 teams with a score of 67 points in the small school division of the Rice Lake Invitational held September 13 on the UW-Barron County campus. The Lady Vikings, with a score of 269, came in eighth overall competing against 30 other teams.
The boys’ team finished sixth out of 17 small-school teams with a score of 172, and were 18th out of 33, scoring 471.
One of Colfax’ key runners, Hailey Prince, was out for the race in Rice Lake. Coach Joe Doucette said the girls team ran well, even though they were a little banged up, as Ally Heidorn and Jayna Bowe were also fighting injuries.
“Ally Heidorn showed a lot of determination battling a sore leg,” Doucette said. “We need to get healthy.”
He added his hope that none of the injuries on the girls team will worsen, as the biggest meets are yet to come.
Senior Abbagail Schotter was the first to finish for the Colfax girls, crossing the line in 20:34.3, earning second in the small-school division and 11th overall amongst the field that included 31 schools. Erica Kallstrom was hot on Schotter’s heels, finishing third in the division and 12th overall in 20:35.9.
Viking freshman Jayna Bowe was the next girl to finish, running the race in 22:10.8. She crossed the line in 13th for the division and 55th overall. Following Bowe was Heidorn, who was 22nd in the division and 90th overall, crossing the line in 23:06.2. The final Colfax runner to reach the finish line was Juelia Berger, whose 23:47.7 race earned her 31st in the division and 111th overall.
“Our two freshmen really came through,” Doucette said. “Jayna Bowe and Juelia Berger had great races that helped us win.”
While the Viking girls won the small division, Menomonie High School won the girls overall meet with a score of 56. Anya Swanson, a junior from Somerset, won the overall girls race on a time of 19:17.4.
Despite the sixth-place finish, Doucette said the boys ran a good race in Rice Lake.
“We had a nice spread again, first through fifth, and everyone was faster today,” he stated.
Doucette credits assistant coach Chuck Brown with helping the boys, saying Brown does a good job with them. With so many great boys teams in the area, Doucette and Brown are focusing on continuous improvement.
Freshman Trey Hovde was the first Viking across the finish line, taking 28th in the division and 75th overall for his 19:04.6 run. Jake Larson and Cole Seehaver were the second and third Colfax boys to finish. Larson ran a 19:14.9 to finish 33rd in the division and 89th overall. Seehaver was right behind Larson with a time of 19:15.4, earning a division finish of 34th and 90th overall.
Colfax sophomore Luke Heidorn crossed the line fourth for the Vikings. He was 40th in the division with his 19:32.2. He finished 105th overall. Sawyer Best completed Colfax’s top five boys with a time of 20:02.2. He was 47th in the division and 122nd overall.
Trevor Rothbauer ran sixth for the Vikings, finishing 61st in the division and 151st overall on a time of 20:44.7.
Coach Doucette said the team is better than most people expected after losing last year’s seniors. He went on to say the freshmen, Hovde, Seehaver and Best, are going to be three great runners by the time they are done with high school.
McDonell Central High School of Chippewa Falls won the boys division for the small schools, while Hudson won the overall boys race. Unity’s Alex Binfet won the boys races for the small schools, finishing in 16:39.5. Maury Miller, a junior from Ashland, won the overall race with a time of 16:23.3.
Middle School Cross Country
Colfax also took a team of middle school girls to the Rice Lake Invitational on September 13. The team took first place out of ten teams, with a finishing score of 70.
Seventh-grade runner Jasmine Best finished first for Colfax and second overall after racing to a 12:07.4 finish. Jayce Bowe crossed the line at 12:42.1 to finish 10th.
Molly Heidorn, a sixth-grader, finished 12th with a time of 12:49.9. Jillian Bowe raced to an 18th-place finish with her 13:31.4 run. Julie Ann Geissler ran across the line at 14:38.7 to finish 42nd.
Emilee Burcham-Scofield, Kelly Turner and Marah Smith completed the middle school team running at Rice Lake.
TEAM RESULTS — RICE LAKE INVITATIONAL
Small School Varsity Boys: 1. McDonell Central 65, 2. Unity 88, 3. Bloomer 92, 4. Phillips 124, 5. Webster 141, 6. Colfax 172, 7. Drummond 179, 8. Grantsburg 199, 9. Boyceville 262, 10. Glenwood City 287, 11. Hurley 296, 12. Elk Mound 298, 13. Cameron 303, 14. St. Croix Falls 324, 15. Spooner 332, 16. Cumberland 439, 17. Shell Lake 456.
Small School Varsity Girls: 1. Colfax 67, 2. Grantsburg 91, 3. Glenwood City 92, 4. Cameron 127, 5. Elk Mound 144, 6. McDonell Central 179, 7. St. Croix Falls 196, 8. Boyceville 213, 9. Shell Lake 214, 10. Cumberland 247, 11. Webster 255, 12. Hurley 255, 13. Spooner 279, 14. Barron 289, 15. Bloomer 378, 16. Prairie Farm 416.