By Cara L. Dempski
MONDOVI — The Mounder girls narrowly missed winning the September 20 Mondovi Invitational, picking up 77 points in a tight race with Glenwood City, who finished first with 76 points.
The Elk Mound boys took sixth place out of 11 schools, pulling together 162 points.
Sophomore Alana Plaszcz crossed the finish line in 22:37.3 to take seventh place overall. Elizabeth Fasbender ran to tenth-place finish in her second race back after a bout of tendonitis. She completed the race in 23:17.7.
Another Plaszcz took 14th, when Alana’s sister Brook finished in 23:39.5. Kristin Martinson, a freshman, took home 22nd for finishing in 24:19.3, and Victoria Fasbender was 24th after her 24:22.7 race.
Paige Romanowski and Claudia Paul filled the last two spots on the varsity team, coming in 30th and 45th after running their races in 24:45.6 and 26:30.3.
Glenwood City’s Emily Bethell won the individual race. The freshman completed her run in 21:27.1.
Junior Varsity runners Taya Schaefer, Hanna Hollister, Kayli Solberg, Ciera Lind, Mattea Linberg, Hannah Cynor, Audrey Westcott, Hannah Carlson, Meredith Hainstock and Hannah Hawkins also participated in the race with the varsity runners.
Cade Hanson, a freshman, was the Mounders’ top boys’ runner, finishing the race fourth overall with a time of 19:17.9. Junior Nate Schreiber was the next to finish. He picked up 23rd for his 20:56.2 race.
Another freshman, Seth Hazen, was the third Mounder boy to finish. Hazen ran his race in 21:46.8 and took 38th place. Matt McLaughlin was the next finisher for Elk Mound, picking up 51st for a time of 22:27.5. Andrew Pathos came in 52nd and was hot on McLaughlin’s heels with a time of 22:28.4.
Junior Ryan Mohr and Dylan Hanson, a sophomore, filled the last two varsity spaces for Elk Mound. Mohr finished in 23:06.8 to take 63rd, and Hanson was 71st with his time of 23:41.6.
Durand won the team race on the backs of it’s top three runners, Brett Tomlinson, Wesley Brantner and Isaac Wegner. Tomlinson won the overall race with a time of 18:07.3, while Brantner and Wegner were second and third with times of 18:29.9 and 18:45.8.
As with the girls, the varsity boys were joined by several JV runners. Jared Strand, Nate Bechel and Bowdrie Noller picked up placings of 74th, 77th, and 78th.
The Mounder boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will compete in an invitational hosted by Osseo-Fairchild on September 29 before going to Eleva-Strum on October 6.
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 Elk Mound Middle School boys and girls cross country teams joined the high school runners in Mondovi. The boys placed fourth out of seven teams with 74 points, while the girls were fifth in a pool of eight and scored 125 points.
Eight-grade runner Brennen Zais led the Mounder boys, taking ninth place for his 15:43.8 run. Luke Hanson and Luke Lesmeister ran to 14th and 15th place with times of 16:36.9 and 16:37.9.
Avery Lauer, another eighth-grade student, finished the race in 17:13.1 to take 19th, and Keagan McRea ran to 22nd place with his time of 17:24.1.
Mitchell Hainstock, Walker Banaszak and Jackson Severson rounded out the middle school team for the boys.
Glenwood City won the middle school boys race with a score of 27. Damian Jilk, an eighth-grade runner from Cochrane-Fountain City, was the individual winner for the boys, finishing in 14:54.5.
The Mounders’ top five girls in Mondovi were all seventh-grade students. Olivia Schreiber led the way, taking sixth for her 16:34.5 race. She was followed by Olivia Schindler in 23rd with a time of 18:47.6.
Mercedes Hay was the next to finish, picking up 27th place after running a 19:11.8 race. Lilly Tanula was just behind Hay, racing to a 19:17.1 finish to earn 29th. Regan Jenson was 41st with her time of 20:07.7.
Sidney Wenzel also ran for the Mounders, completing the race in 23:07.3 to take 8th.
The Colfax girls won the team competition with score of 34 as seventh-grader Jasmine Best was the overall girls’ winner, clocking a run of 15:18.8.