Mounder Cross Country tests runners at Mondovi, finishes near top at Durand

By Cara L. Dempski

Elk Mound’s cross country coach, Jeremiah Fredrickson, started last week by giving his top runners a bit of a break.

He asked some of the other runners to step up and fill in the gaps at the September 19 Mondovi Invitational, and seemed pleased with how each runner performed. The boys’ team took fourth place overall, while the girls’ finished fifth out of five.

[emember_protected] The Mounders next traveled to Durand last Thursday, September 21. The boys’ team wound up third out of 16 teams after scoring 111 points, and the girls’ were fourth out of 13 with 152 points.

Elk Mound put in an appearance at September 25 meet held at Colfax’s Whitetail Golf Club, and will head to Osseo September 28. The Mounders will not race again until October 5 when they run in an Eleva-Strum meet.

Mondovi Invitational

Coach Fredrickson did not take his usual crew of runners to this year’s Mondovi Invitational to give some of the top runners a break while providing others with a chance to compete at a higher level.

Senior Jonas Kohls led the boys to the finish, completing his race in 22:45.2 for 21st overall. Another senior, Bowdrie Noller, finished in 23rd with a time of 22:52.1.

Freshmen Keagan McRea and Avery Lauer crossed the line in 23:21.7 and 24:17.3 respectively to earn 26th and 31st. Nate Bechel took 38th with his 25:26.7 run, and Brennen Zais rounded out the boys’ team with a time of 25:51.1 for 41st.

The Cochrane-Fountain City boys’ took the top team spot with just 34 points, but it was Melrose-Mindoro senior Colton Sime who won the individual race with a time of 18:44.2.

Junior Audrey Westcott led the Mounder ladies to the finish, taking 21st with her 27:34.5 race. Kayli Solberg and Mattea Linberg were the next two across the line for Elk Mound, taking 26th and 27th with times of 29:47.9 and 29:55.8.

Amanda Sahm raced to a 32:16.4 finish for 30th, and Claudia Paul nabbed 33rd for her 32:50.9 effort.

The Cochrane-Fountain City girls’ won the team competition with 28 points, and Cassidy Kabus of Independence/Gilmanton won the girls’ race in 22:19.4.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 21. Jonas Kohls 22:45.2, 23. Bowdrie Noller 22:52.1, 26. Keagan McRea 23:21.7, 31. Avery Lauer 24:17.3, 38. Nate Bechel 25:26.7, 41. Brennen Zais 25:51.1.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Cochrane-Fountain City 34, 2. Spring Valley 39, 3. Blair-Taylor 69,
4. Elk Mound 120
, 5. Mondovi 129, 6. Whitehall 132.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 21. Audrey Westcott 27:34.5, 26. Kayli Solberg 29:47.9, 27. Mattea Linberg 29:55.8, 30. Amanda Sahm 32:16.4, 33. Claudia Paul 32:50.9.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Cochrane-Fountain City 28, 2. Melrose-Mindoro 45, 3. Blair-Taylor 83, 4. Spring Valley 91, 5. Elk Mound 111.

Durand

Mounder sophomore Cade Hanson again led the boys’ cross country team to a nice finish at Durand after he and classmate Andrew Pathos finished in the top 15 of the September 21 race to help the Elk Mound boys’ to a third-place finish.

Hanson finished ninth in the race with a time of 18:21.8, while Pathose ran a 18:39.8 race to finish 11th. Seniors Nate Lind and Nate Schreiber were 18ths and 33rd with times of 19:19.5 and 20:00.3 respectively. Seth Hazen completed a 20:19.8 race for 44th place.

Jared Strand and Bowdrie Noller were the final two scored runners in the race, taking 76th and 90th with times of 21:36.4 and 22:10.2. Jonas Kohls, Keagan McRea, Avery Lauer, Nate Bechel and Brennen Zais also ran in the race.

Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran’s Dan Lau won the individual race in 17:15.0, but it was LaCrosse Central who earned the team trophy with just 33 points.

On the girls’ team, Alana Plaszcz led the team, taking fifth with a 22:18.7 race. Victoria Fasbender was the next Mounder girl across the line, earning 23rd after a 24:14.4 finish. Danielle Olson ran a 25:10.2 race for 38th.

Paige Romanowski and Brook Plaszcz took 50th and 52nd with finishes in 25:44.4 and 25:50.8, and Taya Schaefer earned 58th with her 26:09.3 race. Audrey Westcott was the final scored runner for the EM girls. She took 65th with a time of 26:25.4.

Claudia Paul, Kayli Solberg, Mattea Linberg, Amanda Sahm, Hannah Carlson and Kayla Patterson also competed at Durand.

Elmwood/Plum City senior Kassye Todd won the girls’ race in 20:51.2, and the LaCrosse Aquinas girls’ team copped the top spot with only 85 points.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 9. Cade Hanson 18:21.8, 11. Andrew Pathos 18:39.8, 18. Nate Lind 19:19.5, 33. Nate Schreiber 20:00.3, 44. Seth Hazen 20:19.8, 76. Jared Strand 21:36.4, 90. Bowdrie Noller 22:10.2, 99. Jonas Kohls 22:47.7, 114. Keagan McRea 23:30.0, 117. Avery Lauer 23:34.5, 128. Nate Bechel 24:18.5, 132. Brennen Zais 24:22.6.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. LaCrosse Central 33, 2. Durand 50, 3. Elk Mound 111, 4. EC Immanuel 116, 5. LaCrosse Aquinas 158, 6. Ellsworth 197, 7. Prescott 197, 8. Altoona 211, 9. Blair-Taylor 262, 10. Luther 278, 11. Boyceville 289, 12. Fall Creek 292, 13. Brookwood 299, 14. Osseo-Fairchild 356, 15. Cadott 361, 16. Mondovi 464.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 5. Alana Plaszcz 21:56.1, 23. Victoria Fasbender 24:14.4, 38. Danielle Olson 25:10.2, 50. Paige Romanowski 25:44.5, 52. Brook Plaszcz 25:50.8, 58. Taya Schaefer 26:09.3, 65. Audrey Westcott 26:25.4, 79. Claudia Paul 27:15.2, 101. Kayli Solberg 28:52.2, 102. Mattea Linberg 28:57.0, 109. Amanda Sahm 30:15.7, 116. Hannah Carlson 32:35.4, 129. Kayla Patterson 34:42.8.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. LaCrosse Aquinas 85, 2. Prescott 85, 3. Ellsworth 107, 4. Elk Mound 152, 5. Altoona 157, 6. Independence/Gilmanton 195, 7. Boyceville 199, 8. Luther 207, 9. Fall Creek 216, 10. Durand 224, 11. Blair-Taylor 232, 12. Brookwood 264, 13. Osseo-Fairchild 274. [/emember_protected]