By Cara L. Dempski
MONDOVI — The Boyceville girls’ cross country team raced to a sixth-place finish in the Mondovi Invitational held September 20 at the Valley Golf Course while the Bulldog boys nabbed ninth place out of 11 schools.
The Lady Bulldogs tallied a score of 146 in the 11-school meet that featured seven of the eight Dunn-St. Croix teams. The boys scored 207.
Coach Corey Day said he was pleased with the performance of his girls’ team.
“Naomi Hillman put on a nice finish to take the top spot for the team,” Day said.
Hillman raced to a 13th-place finish with her time of 23:27.7. She was followed by the newly-returned Shiann Wagner, who crossed the finish line in 23:45.8 to take 17th.
Sophomore Emily Voelker was the third Bulldog to finish, running her race in 24:30.7 to take 26th. Noelle Wheeldon, a freshman, ended in 41st with a time of 26:10.8. Senior Emma Harnisch was 49th with her 26:46.1 race. Lauren Dominick finished 56th with a time of 27:55.6.
Glenwood City copped top honors in the girls’ team competition with a 76 just edging out runner-up Elk Mound, who finished with a 77. The Hilltoppers also took top individual honors as freshman Emily Bethell won the race, finishing in 21:27.1.
Senior Kiel Anderson again led the Bulldog boys, finishing 19th with a time of 20:23.7. He was joined by Maxwell Engel a little over a minute later. Engel ran a 21:41.9 race to take 35th. Another senior, Jerod Nelson, ended his race in 49th with a time of 22:19.1.
Ryker Ferg and Rian Corr were next, placing 56th and 57th for runs of 22:39.1 and 22:39.7. Senior Michael Chich took 75th in 24:10.6 with junior Emmett Kapsner finishing just one place later in 76th with a time of 24:24.8. Fellow junior Casey Owen was 93rd with his 31:18.9 race and sophomore Brennan Wheeldon was 96th with his 37:32.4 race.
Durand’s boys cross country team topped the standings with a low score of 23 led by Panther senior Brett Tomlinson, who won the race with a time of 18:07.3. Colfax was a distance second with 87 points.
The Bulldogs will join their nearest conference competitor, Glenwood City, at the Spring Valley Invitational on September 29. Boyceville will then go to an October 4 invitational hosted by Amery.
Team Scores — Mondovi Invitational
Varsity Boys: 1. Durand 23, 2. Colfax 87, 3. Cochrane-Fountain City 110, 4. Spring Valley, 5. Glenwood City 145, 6. Elk Mound 162, 7. Melrose-Mindoro 198, 8. Blair-Taylor 206, 9. Boyceville 207, 10. Independence-Gilmanton 230, 11. Whitehall 320.
Varsity Girls: 1. Glenwood City 76, 2. Elk Mound 77, 3. Melrose-Mindoro 94, 4. Cochrane-Fountain City, 5. Blair-Taylor 126, 6. Boyceville 146, 7. Independence-Gilmanton 194, 8. Durand 195, 9. Spring Valley 249.
The Bulldog middle school cross country teams joined the high school in Mondovi on September 20. The boys ran to a second-place finish against six other teams, while the girls were seventh out of eight.
Nathan Corr, an eighth-grade runner, took third place overall and finished first for Boyceville. He completed the race in 15:06.6. Caiden Standaert was not far behind him, finishing seventh with his time of 15:25.1.
Samuel Chich finished in 16:05.6 to pick up 11th and Simon Evenson was 16th with his 16:56.9 run. Nathaniel Chich ran a 17:27.6 race to take 24th place.
Boyceville runners Elijah Farrell, Burgraff Taylor, RJ Hybben, Jacob Nelson and Brady Thibado also competed in Mondovi.
The first place boys’ team was from Glenwood City and Damian Jilk of Cochrane-Fountain City won the overall race after finishing in 14:53.5.
Sixth-grader Emma Gruenhagen was the first Boyceville girl to finish the middle school race. She placed 20th for her 18:36.1 run. Nichole Dicks finished in 19:22.6 to take 30th place.
Cadence Kurr and Haylee Rasmussen finished within seconds of one another. Kurr was 36th after a 19:35.2 race, and Rasmussen was 37th with a time of 19:39.9.
Emma Chich was 51st, finishing her run in 22:22.6, and Jenna Goodell finished 54th after a 22:54.5 race.
The Colfax Middle School girls won the team competition and Colfax’s Jasmine Best was the race winner. She crossed the line to a 15:18.8 finish.