By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — Colfax’s head cross country coach, Joe Doucette, still sees room for improvement in his team as the regular-season competition is slowly coming to a close.
The Viking boys’ and girls’ teams ran their first test as part of conference competition September 25 at the Whitetail Golf Club – their home course. The girls finished third out of six teams, while the boys were fourth out of six with scores of 81 and 92 respectively.
[emember_protected] Doucette and his coaching staff took the Vikings to the Chi-Hi Cross Country Invitational at Lake Wissota Golf Course September 28. While the girls’ earned fourth out of five teams, and the boys’ were fifth out of six, the girls each took at least one minute off their times from earlier in the week.
Colfax’s long-distance squad is taking a little over a week off, and will run again this coming Saturday, October 7 at Eau Claire’s South Middle School before competing in the Dunn-St. Croix meet at the Whitetail on Thursday, October 12.
Joe Doucette says he sees a different set of teams between practices and races.
“We workout better than we race,” he explained. “Hopefully we can turn that around and start racing better.”
The Colfax cross country coach admits he thought his team would be performing better than it is so far this season, and expressed worry about it rapidly becoming too late for the team to reach its full potential.
The Vikings got a good look at their home course in their first competition this season against exclusively Dunn-St. Croix teams September 25. The girls took third out of six, and the boys finished fourth out of six a little over two weeks before running this year’s conference meet on the same course.
Erica Kallstrom continued her team-leading streak with a 23:21.00 race for eighth place, and Mackenzie Jensen finished in 12th with a time of 23:50.83. Hailey Prince ran to a 24:22.70 finish for 19th, Juelia Berger was 23rd after a 24:49.18 race, Addisyn Olson finished in 24:50.42 for 24th, and Jayna Bowe rounded out the group with 25th for her 24:51.90 race.
The Glenwood City girls’ ran away with the first place team finish, copping just 48 points after five runners finished in the top 20. Kassye Todd of Elmwood/Plum City added another race win to her record, finishing in 20:57.00.
Junior Luke Heidorn raced to a 18:55.00 finish to take 11th overall. Trey Hovde picked up 16th after a 19:26.94 race, and Noah Heidorn took 20th for his 19:51.17 finish. Brady Lawrence ran a 19:52.30 race for 21st, Cole Seehaver took 24th in 20:09.66, and Sawyer Best raced to the line in 20:29.20 to place 26th.
Trevor Rothbauer rounded out the Viking boys’ scored runners with a 21:27.20 effort for 38th.
Other competitors in the race were Dennis Sonnentag, Jacob Jensen and Mitchell Reisdorf.
Durand junior Isaac Wegner helped the Panther boys to a team win after finishing in 17:05.04.
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 8. Erica Kallstrom 23:21.00, 12. Mackenzie Jensen 23:50.83, 19. Hailey Prince 24:22.70, 23. Juelia Berger 24:49.18, 24. Addisyn Olson 24:50.42, 25. Jayna Bowe 24:51.90.
GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Glenwood City 48, 2. Elk Mound 50, 3. Colfax 81, 4. Boyceville 102, 5. Durand 112, 6. Spring Valley 122.
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 11. Luke Heidorn 18:55.00, 16. Trey Hovde 19:26.94, 20. Noah Heidorn 19:51.17, 21. Brady Lawrence 19:52.30, 24. Cole Seehaver 20:09.66, 26. Sawyer Best 20:29.20, 38. Trevor Rothbauer 21:27.20, 41. Dennis Sonnentag 21:45.32, 54. Jacob Jensen 23:40.90, 59. Mitchell Reisdorf 25:19.22.
BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Durand 25, 2. Elk Mound 44, 3. Spring Valley 76, 4. Colfax 92, 5. Glenwood City 116, 6. Boyceville 138.
The Vikings headed to Lake Wissota Golf Course September 28 for the Chi-Hi Cross Country Invitational. While neither the boys’ nor the girls’ placed higher than earlier in the week at the Whitetail, there were significant improvements in times.
The Colfax ladies’ finished the evening in fourth place out of five after accruing 89 points, while the boys’ were fifth out of six with 151 points.
Junior Erica Kallstrom again wound up leading the Lady Vikings to the line, running a 22:07.4 race for eighth place. Mackenzie Jensen followed her, earning 10th with a time of 22:32.3. Hailey Prince crossed the line in 24:07.9 for 20th place.
Sophomore Jayna Bowe was Colfax’s fourth girls’ runner to finish the race, taking 25th with a time of 24:30.7, and freshman Addisyn Olson earned 32nd for her 25:07.5 finish. Juelia Berger completed the set of six runners with a time of 25:19.5 for 33rd.
Chippewa Falls senior Katie Faris won the individual race with a time of 19:55.1, helping the Cardinals to a 34-point team win for the evening.
Junior Luke Heidorn was the first Viking boy to the finish line in the race, taking 25th with his 18:59.9 run. Younger brother Noah Heidorn was 28th with his 19:09.7 finish. Sophomores Brady Lawrence and Cole Seehaver took 33rd and 37th respectively after racing to the line in 19:22.0 and 19:27.2.
Sawyer Best crossed the line in 20:29.9 for 68th, Trevor Rothbauer was 76th with a time of 20:43.6, and Mitchell Reisdorf ran a 22:10.5 race for 103rd.
Dennis Sonnentag and Jacob Jensen also competed in the race for the Vikings.
Eau Claire North’s David Ecker won the boys’ race in 16:05.7, but it was LaCrosse Logan’s boys’ team that took top honors for the meet with just 26 points.
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 8. Erica Kallstrom 22:07.4, 10. Mackenzie Jensen 22:32.3, 20. Hailey Prince 24:07.9, 25. Jayna Bowe 24:30.7, 32. Addisyn Olson 25:07.5, 33. Juelia Berger 25:19.5.
GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Chippewa Falls 34, 2. LaCrosse Logan 42, 3. Eau Claire North 67, 4. Colfax 89, 5. Baldwin-Woodville 125.
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 25. Luke Heidorn 18:59.9, 28. Noah Heidorn 19:09.7, 33. Brady Lawrence 19:22.0, 37. Cole Seehaver 19:27.2, 68. Sawyer Best 20:29.9, 76. Trevor Rothbauer 20:43.6, 103. Mitchell Reisdorf 22:10.5, 114. Dennis Sonnetag 22:56.5, 118. Jacob Jensen 23:12.2.
BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. LaCrosse Logan 26, 2. Eau Claire North 57, 3. Eau Claire Memorial 79, 4. Chippewa Falls 83, 5. Colfax 151, 6. Baldwin-Woodville 153. [/emember_protected]