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Topper cross country teams tune-up for conference with a trio of meets

By Cara L. Dempski

Matt Schutz’s Hilltopper cross country teams competed in three meets last week which included the Amery Invitational on October 4, the Durand Invitational October 6 and a meet at South Middle School in Eau Claire on October 8.

The Glenwood girls’ team took first out of six the small schools at Amery, scoring 127 points. The boys took fourth out of seven schools and recorded 98 points.

The Toppers ran in the Durand Invitational October 6 after the race had to be rescheduled from September 22 due heavy rain. The Glenwood City girls were eighth out of ten teams after scoring 209, and the boys were ninth out of ten with a score of 218.

Glenwood City capped off the week in Eau Claire where the boys and girls participated in the Old Abe Invitational October 8. The girls were ninth out of 14 teams with 206 points, and the boys were 13th out of 15 teams with 368 points.

The Hilltopper cross country teams will run one more time in the regular season when they travel to Mondovi this Thursday, October 13 for the Dunn-St. Croix conference meet. The WIAA Division 3 Sectional meet will be held the following Saturday, October 22, at the Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand.

Amery

Freshman Emily Bethell and senior Taylor Drinkman led the Hilltopper girls to a first-place finish against five other small schools in Amery on October 4.

Bethell finished the race in second place with a time of 20:43.89, and Drinkman came in third after running the race in 21:10.17. Another freshman, Isabella Williams, ran the race in 22:10.13 to finish 10th.

Makayla O’Brien finished in 15th with her 23:48.69 run and Kaylie Scalze finished in 24:53.92 to take 24th. Emma Scholler brought up the rear for the Toppers, placing 40th with her 27:54.37 race.

Flambeau sophomore Rachel Lawton won the overall race for the small school girls, racing across the finish line in 19:44.64.

Jacob Nadeau, a junior, was the first Hilltopper boy to finish the race. He crossed the finish line in 19:09.47 to take 10th place. Fellow junior Matthew Bauman was just behind Nadeau and took 16th for his 19:48.61 run.

Freshmen Aaron Holmquist and Lane O’Meara finished 24th and 25th with times of 20:54.89 and 21:03.67. Corey Klatt completed his race in 21:06.97 to take 28th.

Two more freshmen, Elijah Simmons and Jabin Hojem, were the last Hilltoppers to finish. Simmons was 39th with his 21:52.84 run, and Hojem finished 43rd on a 22:10.27 race. Simmons served as a tie-break runner, lifting the Hilltoppers over Spring Valley.

The Unity/Luck team won the boys small school division, and Unity’s Alex Binfet was first across the line in the individual race with a time of 16:47.19

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, 7. 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.

Durand

Freshman Isabella Williams was the first Hilltopper runner to the finish line in Durand. She took 16th overall for her 23:21.1 race. Kaylie Scalze was the second Glenwood runner to complete the race. She ran the 5k race in 25:01.5 to take home 40th.

Taylor Drinkman and Elizabeth Wink were 58th and 59th with times of 26:27.9 for both. Emily Bethell and Emma Scholler were the final two Hilltopper girls to finish. Bethell was 64th with her 27:14.9 effort, and Scholler ran to 65th with a time of 27:15.

Elmwood/Plum City junior Kassye Todd won the individual race with a time of 20:21, and the Prescott girls won the team competition with 67 points.

Matthew Bauman led the Hilltopper boys, finishing 38th to take 37 points after a 20:17.6 run. Aaron Holmquist was 40th with his 20:19.6 race.

Jacob Nadeau, Elijah Simmons and Lane O’Meara were 51st, 52nd and 54th after finishing in 20:37.4, 20:37.8 and 20:48.3. Jabin Hojem, Corey Klatt and Josiah McClelland were the final three Glenwood boys to finish. Hojem ran a 21:56.2 to finish 68th, Klatt was 86th with a time of 23:59, and McClelland was 91st after finishing in 27:01.2.

The Durand boys took both top team honors and top individual race honors. Panther senior Brett Tomlinson won the individual race when he completed the course in 17:18.1.

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.

Old Abe Invitational

Freshman Emily Bethell was the girls team leader in Eau Claire, running to a 10th-place finish with her 19:39.9 race. Senior Taylor Drinkman joined Bethell less than a minute later when she finished in 20:28.1 to take 22nd.

Another freshman, Isabella Williams, was 31st after her 20:47.4 race. Makayla O’Brien and Emma Scholler, both juniors, finished the Glenwood team and ran to 73rd- and 94th-place finishes with times of 22:56.1 and 25:37.8.

The Menomonie Mustangs won the team competition with 55 points, and Hannah Roeske, a senior at Eau Claire Memorial, won the overall race with a time of 18:42.3.

Juniors Matthew Bauman and Jacob Nadeau led the Hilltopper boys to the finish line. Bauman ran an 18:50.2 race to take 66th, and Nadeau was 67th after his 18:53.1 run. Two freshmen, Aaron Holmquist and Elijah Simmons, finished 81st and 86th with times of 19:39.1 and 20:11.

Senior Corey Klatt ran to a 20:27.1 finish to take 91st, and Lane O’Meara and Jabin Hojem were 98th and 99th with runs of 21:01.8 and 21:08.6.

The Hudson Raiders took home top honors for their team score of 30 and Eau Claire Memorial sophomore Zak Sather won the individual race.

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.

Junior Varsity

Glenwood City took four JV runners to the Amery Invitational, one boy and three girls.

Senior Josiah McLelland was the lone JV runner for the Topper boys. He placed 43rd with a time of 27:56.87.

Another senior, Tia Carlson, ran to an 18th-place finish in the JV girls’ race with a time of 29:18.02. Junior Ally Holmquist was 20th after her 30:15.95 run, and freshman Nyah Anderson ran a 34:09.2 race to finish 27th.

Middle School

Glenwood City Middle School cross country teams had a strong showing in Amery October 4. The boys won the team competition in a field of 14, and the girls were third out of 16 schools.

Sixth-grade runner JJ Williams was the first Hilltopper to finish, completing the 3200 run in 9:16.93 to take eighth overall. Seventh-grader Brady McCarthy raced to a 9:19.6 finish to take 10th.

Matthew O’Brien and Thomas Moede were the next two boys to finish for Glenwood City. O’Brien was 15th with his 9:29.39 effort, and Moede finished in 9:45.1 to take 20th. Max Janson was the fifth runner across the line. He finished 32nd with a time of 10:04.06.

Elek Anderson, Blake Wakeling, Owen Bauman, Henry Wallin, Henry Draxler and John Hager comprised the rest of the boys middle school team.

Rice Lake eight-grader Derek Penzkover won the overall boys race, clocking a time of 8:41.53.

Hilltopper Bella Simmons, a seventh-grader, finished fifth overall with a 10:01.08 race. Gabrielle Moede was the second Hilltopper to finish. She earned a time of 10:34.44 to take 21st. Seventh-grade runner Samantha Peterson was 31st overall with her 10:56.1 race. Tabby Nadeau raced to the finish line in 11:01.28 to take 35th, and Kendall Schutz was 49th with her 110:03.47 run.

Annika Bauman, Myah Eliason, Ella Knops, Aria DeSmith, Payton Knops, Alex Swanepoel, Maddie Booth, McKenna Phalin and Whittnie Wittmer filled out the rest of the Hilltopper girls middle school team.

The runners from New Richmond Middle School won the girls team competition. Flambeau eighth-grader Kristen Lawton won the overall race with a time of 9:11.73.