By Cara L. Dempski
The Boyceville cross country teams saw plenty of action in the final week of competition leading up to this Thursday’s conference meet in Mondovi.
The Bulldogs ran in a trio of races with just a day of rest in between each competition. They started kicked off the busy schedule October 4 in the Amery Invitational on October 4, then ran in the rescheduled Durand Invitational October 6, before finishing at the Gerald Holte Invitational held October 8 in Arcadia.
The varsity girls team placed third in a field of six schools at Amery last Tuesday while the boys finished sixth out of seven teams. Both teams have seen steady improvement since the season’s start.
The Boyceville teams made the road trip south to the Durand for and invitational on Thursday. The Bulldog boys finished sixth out of ten teams with a score of 160. The girls had only four runners participating and did not score as a team.
The squads finished in Arcadia on Saturday, where the girls and boys each took third in the small school division. The girls placed ninth overall out of 18 schools, and the boys were 11th out of 23.
The Bulldogs will now turn their attention to the final regular-season race of the season when Mondovi hosts the Dunn-St. Croix conference meet this Thursday, October 13. The WIAA Division 3 Sectional meet is slated for Saturday, October 22 back in Durand.
Junior Shiann Wagner raced to 11th place in the October 4 meet at Amery with a time of 22:21.83. Naomi Hillman took 12th with her 22:49.11 race.
Coach Corey Day said, “I thought we had a shot at second at beating Grantsburg, but their top three proved to be too much.”
He went on to say he was pleased with the effort of all six girls and they put forth their best effort of the season.
Emily Voelker, a junior, was the third Bulldog girl to the finish line. She raced to a 23:58.16 finish to earn 17th. Emma Harnish completed her run in 24:43.45and senior Lauren Dominick placed 27th with her 24:58.47 effort. Noelle Wheeldon ran across the finish line in 25:32.89 to take 29th.
The Glenwood City girls won the small school team race with a score of 44. Flambeau sophomore Rachel Lawton won the individual race with a time of 19:44.64.
Coach Day said the boys team has yet to hit its season peak and anticipates seeing the boys’ times dropping significantly prior to the conference meet.
Senior Kiel Anderson continued his season of leading the Bulldogs, placing 11th in the boys race with a time of 19:11.48. Rian Corr and Maxwell Engel raced to 36th and 44th places with times of 20:39.44 and 20:48.87.
Jerod Nelson, another senior, took 36th after finishing in 21:43.7, Ryker Ferg ran to a 22:10.28 finish to take 44th, and Emmett Kapsner was 50th with his 23:25.03 race.
Unity/Luck won the boys team competition with a score of 40. Unity senior Alex Binfet won the overall race with his 16:47.19 finish.
TEAM SCORES — SMALL SCHOOL BOYS: 1. Unity/Luck 40, 2. Webster 54, 3. Grantsburg 71, 4. Glenwood City 98, 5. Spring Valley 98, 6. Boyceville 123, Frederic 215.
TEAM SCORES — SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS: 1. Glenwood City 44, 2. Grantsburg 49, 3. Boyceville 76, 4. Frederic 86, 5. Spring Valley 116, 6. Webster 118.
Seniors Sam Retz and Kiel Anderson finished 14th and 21st respectively to lead the Boyceville boys to the finish line. Retz completed his race in 18:59.6, and Anderson raced across the line at 19:23.
Rian Corr took home 30th for his 19:53.7 race, Jerod Nelson completed the race in 20:36.7 to take 49th, and Maxwell Engel was 55th after his 20:50.4 run.
Michael Chich and Ryker Ferg were the last two scored runners for Boyceville. Chich was 57th with a time of 21:02.8 and Ferg ran the course in 21:46.5 to take 66th.
Emmett Kapsner, Casey Owen and Brennon Wheeldon also ran for the Bulldogs. Kapsner was 83rd and finished in 23:33.2, Owen hit the finish line in 28:00.5 to take 92nd, and Brennon Wheeldon was 95th with his 35:18.8 run.
The Durand boys took home top honors, and Panther senior Brett Tomlinson was first in the individual race with a time of 17:18.1.
All four Bulldog girls finished in the top half of the 86-runner field at Durand. Shiann Wagner showed the Boyceville runners the way to the finish line with her seventh-place finish in 21:48.4. Emma Harnish finished next, completing the run in 24:01 for 30th place.
Noelle Wheeldon, a freshman, was 38th with her 24:55.8 run, and Lauren Dominick ran a 25:11.7 race to take home 43rd.
Elmwood/Plum City junior Kassye Todd won the individual race with a time of 20:21. The Prescott girls won the team competition with 67 points.
TEAM SCORES, DURAND — 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, DURAND — 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, 10. McDonell Central 216.
Gerald Holte Invitational
Juniors Shiann Wagner and Emily Voelker led the Bulldog girls to a third-place finish among the small schools in Arcadia with a score of 89.
“The girls were only two points out from second,” coach Corey Day said. “We were so close to a trophy the girls could taste it.”
Day said the girls put forth a great effort, with most of them running season-best times. Wagner ran to a 21:35.47 finish and 26th place for her best time this season, and Voelker ran a personal best 22:13.95 to finish 37th.
Naomi Hillman was 45th after her 22:31.21 race. Seniors Emma Harnisch and Lauren Dominick were 82nd and 92nd with times of 23:53.05 and 24:21.73.
The Westby girls won the overall competition, and Melrose-Mindoro took top honors for the small schools. Laura Beghin, a freshman from Wisconsin Dells, took home first place in the individual race with a time of 18:46.64.
Day said the boys ran the best they have all year.
“Every guy on the team put it all out there,” he said of the boys.
Kiel Anderson and Samuel Retz, both seniors, placed 59th and 60th with times of 18:59.65 and 19:00.64. Junior Rian Corr was next across the finish line to take 80th for his 19:38.55 race. Maxwell Engel and Jerod Nelson finished 87th and 99th after running in 19:57.12 and 20:31.91. Michael Chich and Ryker Ferg brought up the rear for the Bulldogs with times of 20:46.28 and 21:22.5. Chich was 106th and Ferg was 121st in the race.
LaCrosse Aquinas won the overall boys team race, and Augusta took home to trophy for the small school race. Holmen freshman Bennett Clark was the boys’ individual winner with a time of 18:25.73.
TEAM SCORES — BOYS VARSITY: 1. LaCrosse Aquinas 47, 2. Holmen 71, 3. Viroqua 128, 4. August 131, 5. Durand 150, 6. West Salem 159, 7. Westby 174, 8. Brookwood 211, 9. Arcadia 256, 10. Ellsworth 303, 11. Boyceville 380, 12. Cochrane-Fountain City 402, 13. Necedah 408, 14. Blair-Taylor 421, 15. Bangor 429, 16. Independence/Gilmanton 435, 17. Melrose-Mindoro 452, 18. Wisconsin Dells 464, 19. Neillsville 472, 20. Osseo-Fairchild 538, 21. Mondovi 539, 22. New Lisbon 596, 23. Whitehall 646.
TEAM SCORES — GIRLS VARSITY: 1. Westby 54, 2. Holmen 117, 3. West Salem 118, 4. Wisconsin Dells 118, 5. LaCrosse Aquinas 188, 6. Viroqua 191, 7. Ellsworth 212, 8. Melrose-Mindoro 227, 9. Boyceville 268, 10. Neillsville 277, 11. Brookwood 278, 12. Cochrane-Fountain city 325, 13. Blair-Taylor 334, 14. Durand 340, 15. Chippewa Valley Running 342, 16. Independence/Gilmanton 388, 17. Osseo-Fairchild 408, 18. Augusta 410.
Three boys ran in the JV race at Amery on October 4.
Senior Michael Chich was the first Bulldog to finish the race. He took 19th overall with a time of 21:55.81. Junior Casey Owen was 45th with a time of 29:05, and sophomore Brennan Wheeldon was 46th after finishing in 35:27.71.
Emmett Kapsner joined Owen and Wheeldon in the JV race in Arcadia October 8. He finished in 22:49.68 to place 61st, and Owen and Wheeldon were 73rd and 81st with times of 26:43.45 and 33:44.06.
The Bulldog middle school cross country teams joined their high school counterparts in Amery on October 4. The boys finished ninth out of 14 teams with a score of 235, and the girls were 14th out of 16 with a score of 393.
Nathan Corr and Kaiden Standaert were the first two Boyceville runners at the finish line. Corr ran the 3200m race in 9:35.25 to take 16th, and Standaert was 19th with his 9:44.16 effort. Eighth-grade runner Samuel Chich took 63rd for his 10:30.11 race, and Simon Evenson was 85th after running to a 10:57.67 finish. Nathaniel Chich was 101st with his 11:16.94 run.
Glenwood City won the boys’ team competition with a score of 80. Rice Lake eight-grader Derek Penzkover won the overall race with a time of 8:41.53.
Cadence Kurr was the team leader for the Boyceville middle school girls. She raced to a 11:15.9 finish and took home 51st place. Sixth-grader Emma Greunhagen was 61st with a time of 11:23.14, and Haylee Rasmussen completed the race in 12:14.28 to take 123rd. Nichole Dicks and Emma Chich were 169th and 174th with times of 13:19.9 and 13:22.85, and Jenna Goodell finished in 181st place with a time of 13:32.86.
The New Richmond girls’ team took home first place after scoring only 29 points. Kristen Lawton, an eight-grader from Flambeau, copped the win for the individual race with a time of 9:11.73.
The middle school teams also traveled to Durand on October 6. The boys were fourth out of eight teams, and the girls were seventh out of eight.
Nathan Corr raced to an 11:55.2 finish to take seventh in the individual race. Caden Standaert was 10th after his 12:36.3 race, and Samuel Chich took home 17th with a time of 13:14.7. Simon Evenson and Nathanial Chich finished 19th and 40th. Evenson’s time was 13:19.8 and Chich’s was 14:14.1.
The Glenwood City boys won the team competition, and Ellsworth’s Roy Roberts won the individual race with a time of 11:29.2.
Cadence Kurr and Emma Gruenhagen were the first two Boyceville girls to finish the 3200-meter race. Kurr was 21st and finished in 14:19.6, while Gruenhagen was 22nd after a 14:20.7 race.
Haylee Rasmussen was 40th after her 15:17.5 race, Nichole Dicks finished in 16:15.6 to take 56th, and Emma Chich was 62nd with a time of 16:24.6. Jenna Goodell finished 77th after running the race in 17:11.9.
The Colfax girls’ team took home first place, and Durand’s Madison Sand won the individual race in 12:18.9.
Eighth-grader Nathan Corr led the Bulldog boys in Durand, finishing seventh with a time of 11:55.2. Caden Standaert was 10th after running to a 12:36.3 finish, and Samuel Chich ran the two-miler in 13:14.7 to take 17th. Sixth-grade runner Simon Evenson ran a 13:19.8 to take 19th, and Nathaniel Chich was 40th with his 14:14.1 race.
The Glenwood City boys won the team race, and Ellsworth’s Roy Roberts won the individual race with his 11:29.2 run.
The teams then went to Arcadia on October 8. The boys finished seventh out of 13, while the girls were 14th out of 14.
Corr and Standaert again led the Bulldog boys, with Corr taking 11th for a 9:48.4 race and Standaert finishing 27th with a time of 10:33.35. Samuel Chich, Evenson and Nathaniel Chich were 53rd, 74th and 91st. Samuel raced to an 11:06.18 finish, Evenson’s time was 11:29.88, and Nathaniel Chich finished in 12:01.71.
Elijah Farrell, Treaden Kietzer, Jacob Nelson, Brady Thibado, Taylor Bugraff and Marcus Wagner also competed for Boyceville in all three meets.
West Salem took home the boys’ team trophy, and their eighth-grade runner Charles McKinney was first overall with a time of 9:08.28.
Cadence Kurr and Nichole Dicks led the girls in Arcadia. Kurr was 62nd for her 12:22.08 effort and Dicks was 84th after finishing in 12:48.74. Haylee Rasmussen wasn’t far behind Dicks, and took 92nd for her 12:57.87 race. Emma Chich and Jenna Goodell completed the girls team. Chich finished in 13:25.8 to take 110th, and Goodell was 129th after crossing the finish line in 13:55.94.
West Salem’s girls also took home a team trophy. Wisconsin Dells seventh-grader Hailey Anchor won the individual race in 10:09.79.