By Cara L. Dempski
MONDOVI — The Colfax Vikings managed to get their girls healthy enough and their boys far enough forward for both teams to finish second in the Dunn-St. Croix’ cross country conference meet held October 13 at the Valley Golf Course in Mondovi.
The girls finished with 63 points in Thursday’s race just eight points behind Glenwood City’s championship tally of 55. The boys earned 70 points and were a distant second to Durand. Both of Colfax’ squads came into the 2016 conference race as the defending champions.
Coach Joe Doucette said after the meet that the girls knew they had a chance to repeat as conference champions, but also knew that Glenwood City and Elk Mound might prove tough to beat.
“I really thought the girls were good enough for a conference title, but Glenwood City ran just a little better,” Doucette stated.
Sophomore Erica Kallstrom joined the illustrious company of former Vikings’ Julie Liebich, Laura Bjork, Sarah McMahon and Dempsey Fogarty as an individual conference champion. Kallstrom ran to the title in 20:02.6 as she topped the other 64 runners including defending champion Kassye Todd, a junior from Elmwood-Plum City who finished second nearly three second behind Kallstrom.
“Erica has a great race in beating a great field including Kassye Todd who is a state medalist in cross country and track,” noted Doucette.
Senior Abbagail Schotter ran to a fourth-place finish with a time of 20:53.3. Schotter was also named first team all-conference for a fourth straight year which Doucette said was “a great accomplishment”.
Freshman Jayna Bowe had her best race of the year, according Doucette, running across the finish line in 22:49.4 to take 13th. Haley Prince and Ally Heidorn finished 19th and 26th for their 23:30.7 and 24:16.3 efforts, despite lingering issues related to earlier injuries.
Juelia Berger rounded out the varsity team. The freshman placed 27th after racing to the finish line in 26:19.8.
Bowe’s finish earned her second team all-conference honors.
While Colfax’ top two girls’ runners both finished ahead of Glenwood City’s, the Hilltoppers third, fourth and fifth place finishers all crossed the finish line ahead of the Vikings’ to garner Glenwood City, who had three runners in the top six, this year’s championship.
The Vikings girls’ second-place showing was their fourth in the past 11 years to go with seven championships.
Like their female counterparts, the Colfax boys have been a been a dominate force on the Dunn-St. Croix’ cross country scene having won five titles including the previous three and a pair of runner-up finishes in the last seven years.
But a fourth consecutive championship was not to be as the Durand boys, as expected, unseated Colfax.
The Panther boys had four of the top five individual finishes led junior Wesley Brantner who won the race in 17:38.5 to beat the Vikings by 50 points.
Doucette said he was proud of how fired up the boys team was going into the race. The boys wanted to run well and take second, and met that goal on solid runs from all eight boys.
“We knew Durand was going to win,” he stated. “They are very good – one of the state’s best.”
Senior Jacob Larson led the Viking boys to the finish by taking ninth with his 18:50.3 race. Freshman Trey Hovde finished in 18:55.8 to take 10th. Luke Heidorn and Cole Seehaver were 14th and 17th with runs of 19:08.4 and 19:21.6. Sawyer Best completed the Colfax top five when he finished in 20:10.5 to take 21st.
Matthew Reisdorf and Trevor Rothbauer were 22nd and 23rd after running the race in 20:13.2 and 20:13.6. Rowdy Kadinger completed the boys team with his 21:28.5 race to take 44th. There were 63 runners competing in the boys’ race.
Larson, Hovde and Heidorn all earned second team all-conference honors.
The Durand boys team scored 20 to take home the team trophy. The best (lowest) score a team can earn is 15 which is achieve by having the top five individual finishes (1-2-3-4-5).
The Vikings are now turning their attention to the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet to be held on Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand this coming Saturday, October 22.
TEAM SCORES — BOYS VARSITY: 1. Durand 20, 2. Colfax 70, 3. Elk Mound 90, 4. Spring Valley 95, 5. Boyceville 122, 6. Glenwood City 124.
TEAM SCORES — GIRLS VARSITY: 1. Glenwood City 55, 2. Colfax 63, 3. Elk Mound 75, 4. Boyceville 97, 5. Durand 112, 6. Elmwood/Plum City 128, 7. Spring Valley 161, 8. Mondovi 205.
The Colfax girls middle school cross country team capped a great season by winning the conference’s middle school championship with a score of 32 points in Mondovi October 13. It was the girls’ seventh victory in as many meets this year as five of the Vikings’ middle school girls’ finished in the top 14.
The middle school boys fielded only four runners and were not scored as a team.
Seventh-grader Jasmine Best won the girls’ individual race with a time of 14:47.7. Molly Heidorn took fourth for her 15:19.8 run, Addison Olson finished in 15:39.7 to take sixth, and Jaycee Bowe ran to an eighth place finish and a time of 15:49.3. Jillian Bowe finished 13th with a time of 16:39.5.
Ansely Olson, Emily Burcham-Scofield and Mariah Smith completed the middle school team in Mondovi.
For the boys, Luke Blanchard was the first Viking to finish the race. He placed fifth with a time of 14:28.5.