By Cara L. Dempski
The Colfax cross country teams participated in two meets last week. The Vikings were in Durand October 6 for the rescheduled Durand Invitational held at Rolling Hills Golf Course and then went to Eau Claire’s South Middle School on October 8.
The boys ran to a fourth-place finish against nine other teams in Durand after earning a score of 106. Coach Joe Doucette noted the top five Viking boys ran as a nice, tight group to take placings between 16th and 27th.
The girls were fifth out of 10 in Durand with a score of 113. Doucette noted the girls wanted to work some things out before next week’s conference meet and enjoyed running the Durand course prior to the postseason.
The boys and girls teams then went to South Middle School in Eau Claire for the Old Abe Invitational held October 8. The girls placed 10th out of 14 teams with 264 points, and the boys were 11th out of 15 with a score of 323.
The Vikings run next in the October 13 Dunn-St. Croix conference meet hosted by Mondovi at the Valley Golf Course. Colfax will then have better than a week to tune-up for the WIAA Division 3 Sectional meet back in Durand on Saturday, October 22.
Coach Doucette said the boys and girls teams really wanted to see the Durand course to prepare for sectional competition Saturday, October 22.
“We really wanted to feel comfortable with it,” Doucette stated.
Senior Jacob Larson and freshman Trey Hovde were the first two Viking boys to finish the 5k race held October 6 in Durand. Larson was 16th after his 19:03.3 race, and Hovde finished in 19:05.2 to take 17th.
Luke Heidorn, Cole Seehaver and Matthew Reisdorf completed Colfax’s top five boys with times of 19:35.3, 19:40.6 and 19:50.2. Heidorn was 22nd, Seehaver was 24th and Reisdorf finished 27th. Sawyer Best and Trevor Rothbauer ran in the sixth and seventh spots for the Vikings and earned times of 20:19.1 for 39th place and 20:23.8 for 45th place.
Senior Rowdy Kadinger and sophomore Jeremy Artist finished the boys roster for Colfax. Kadinger ran across the finish line in 46th with a time of 20:27.6, and Artist was 87th after a 24:04 race.
“Our boys are really much better than most people thought,” Doucette said after the race. “Our strength is that we are close together (with runners) one through five.”
Doucette expressed a hope for the boys to continue improving through conference and into the postseason.
The Durand boys took home top team honors after scoring 25 points. Panther senior Brett Tomlinson won the boys race with a time of 17:18.1.
The Viking girls are working on returning to full strength before the conference meet in Mondovi. Doucette said the girls liked the course and think they can run it much faster at sectionals.
Sophomore Erica Kallstrom led the Viking girls, finishing 12th with her 22:42.1 run. Abbagail Schotter and Jayna Bowe were 21st and 22nd with times of 23:24.5 and 23:25. Juelia Berger and Hailey Prince finished the top five with times of 24:22.1 and 24:25.1 to place 33rd and 34th overall.
The team was running without Ally Heidorn, who is still fighting her way back from health issues. Doucette said there are a lot of things that need to go well for the team in order for the Viking girls to be in the mix this late in the year.
“We want to work together to meet everything head-on and see if we can improve later in the year,” Doucette said.
The Prescott girls team won the meet with a score of 67, and Elmwood/Plum City junior Kassye Todd was the individual race winner after finishing her run in 20:21.
TEAM SCORES — BOYS VARSITY: 1. Durand 25, 2. Prescott 71, 3. McDonell Central 75, 4. Colfax 106, 5. Spring Valley 127, 6. Boyceville 160, 7. Cameron 181, 8. Fall Creek 207, 9. Glenwood City 218, 10. Elmwood/Plum City 287.
TEAM SCORES — GIRLS VARSITY: 1. Prescott 67, 2. Cameron 71, 3. Elk Mound 78, 4. Durand 112, 5. Colfax 113, 6. Elmwood/Plum City 120, 7. Spring Valley 188, 8. Glenwood City 209, 9. Fall Creek 210, McDonell Central 216.
Old Abe Invitational
Coach Doucette was able to run a full team of seven girls for the first time this year at the October 8 meet held at South Middle School in Eau Claire.
“We have not been healthy for a while, and it was great to see,” Doucette said.
Doucette listed Erica Kallstrom’s race as one of the highlights of the meet. Kallstrom ran to a personal record 19:23.4 to finish 8th overall behind a series of Big Rivers runners.
Senior Abbagail Schotter was the next Colfax finisher and took 48th with her 21:29.4 run. Freshman Jayna Bowe followed Schotter and finished in 22:33.9 to take home 64th. Ally Heidorn, Hailey Prince and Juelia Berger were 80th, 81st and 83rd with races of 23:31.5, 23:37.9 and 23:49.4.
McKenzie Jenson finished the team by running a workout to the mile marker. It is the first time she has raced in two years, and coach Doucette admitted he hopes things continue to go well for her.
The Menomonie Mustang girls turned in another strong performance to win as a team, and Eau Claire Memorial’s Hannah Roeske won the individual race with a time of 18:42.3.
Viking senior Jacob Larson led a tight group of Colfax boys to the finish line in the October 8 race. He finished 53rd overall with a 18:23.9 race. Trey Hovde and Luke Heidorn were 64th and 71st after their 18:43.9 and 18:57.1 races.
Freshman Cole Seehaver crossed the finish line in 19:01.8 to take 72nd, and Sawyer Best was 76th after running to a 19:15.4 finish. Matthew Reisdorf, Trevor Rothbauer and Rowdy Kadinger finished in 19:43.3, 19:59.5 and 20:24.6 to take home 82nd, 84th and 90th placings.
Eau Claire Memorial sophomore Zak Sather ran a 16:21.3 race to win the individual competition, and the Hudson Raiders won the team competition by scoring only 30 points.
Doucette knows the girls team are big underdogs going into the conference meet in Mondovi, but believes they have a fighting chance with a full team. He is also excited to see how well the boys team runs at conference.
“All we can do is have great teamwork, help each other out, and do our best on Thursday,” Doucette stated.
TEAM SCORES — BOYS VARSITY: 1. Hudson 30, 2. Eau Claire Memorial 70, 3. DC Everest 130, 4. Eau Claire North 144, 5. Chippewa Falls 146, 6. New Richmond 151, 7. Altoona 168, 8. Menomonie 170, 9. McDonell Central 195, 10. Eau Claire Immanuel 291, 11. Colfax 323, 12. Rice Lake 351, 13. Glenwood City 368, 14. Fall Creek 415, 15. Eau Claire Regis 430.
TEAM SCORES — GIRLS VARSITY: 1. Menomonie 55, 2. Eau Claire Memorial 70, 3. Hudson 91, 4. DC Everest 120, 5. Chippewa Falls 142, 6. New Richmond 167, 7. Rice Lake 196, 8. Eau Claire North 206, 9. Glenwood City 206, 10. Colfax 264, 11. McDonell Central 334, 12. Altoona 370, 13. Eau Claire Regis 374, 14. Fall Creek 378.
Both Viking middle school cross country teams joined their high school counterparts in Durand October 6. The girls team won the meet with four runners finishing in the top 10 and the fifth runner coming in 11th. The boys took only four runners and were not scored as a team.
Seventh-grader Jasmine Best led the Viking girls, finishing second with a time of 12:24.5. Molly Heidorn, Addisyn Olson and Jaycee Bowe accounted for fifth through seventh places with times of 13:03, 13:09.7 and 13:10.6. Ansley Olson finished 11th after racing to a 13:45.9 finish.
Jillian Bowe, Emilee Burcham-Scofield, Julieann Geissler, Kelly Turner and Mariah Smith completed the Viking girls team.
While the Colfax girls won as a team, Durand’s Madison Sand won the individual race with a time of 12:18.9.
Coach Doucette said Colfax’s lead boys runner, Luke Blanchard, has a ton of potential. The seventh-grade Blanchard ran an eighth-place finish in Durand with his 11:55.8 effort. Tristan Lenz, Otto Winings and Lucas Knutson were the other three Viking boys participating in the Durand meet.
Lenz raced to 42nd place with a 14:23.5 time, Winings crossed the finish line in 14:25.4 to take 45th, and Knutson was 70th with a time of 16:11.4.