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Elk Mound boys’, girls’ cross country second at Whitetail, third at Osseo-Fairchild

By Cara L. Dempski

COLFAX — With just over one week to go before the Dunn-St. Croix conference meet, Jeremiah Fredrickson’s Mounders cross country teams seem to be running well enough to make an impact heading into the post season.

The teams ran a pre-conference meet at Colfax’s Whitetail Golf Club September 25, with both placing second against their fellow Dunn-St. Croix runners. The boys’ logged a total of 44 points at the meet, while the girls were just two points behind team winner Glenwood City with 50.

Fredrickson then took his squad of distance runners to Osseo September 28. The boys’ picked up a third-place finish with 86 points, and the girls’ had 107 points to also finish third.

Elk Mound will run just one more regular season meet this Thursday, October 5 at Eleva-Strum before turning its attention to the 2017 Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet at the Whitetail on Thursday, October 12. This year’s Division 3 Sectional race will be held at Boyceville on Saturday, October 21.

The 2017 State Cross Country meet will be held October 28 at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.


There are two tricks to scoring well in any cross country meet: stay in a relatively tight group, and finish fast.

The Mounder boys’ and girls’ cross country teams seem mindful of both, since the boys saw their five top runners finish in the top 15 of the September 26 pre-conference race at Colfax, and the girls’ first five were in the top 20.

Both teams took second place at the meet, with the boys earning 44 points and the girls 50.

Cade Hanson led the boys’ team to the finish line with a 17:37.96 race to take second overall. Andrew Pathos picked up sixth with a time of 18:11.06, and Nate Schreiber took eighth with his 18:37.84 finish. Seth Hazen and Nate Lind finished 13th and 15th with times of 19:06.14 and 19:09.64 respectively.

Seniors Bowdrie Noller and Jared Strand completed the scored runners, finishing in 29th and 33rd after respective races of 20:44.30 and 21:02.20. Jonas Kohls, Avery Lauer, Keagan McRea, Brennen Zais, Nate Bechel and Mitchell Ruppelt also competed in the race.

Durand’s Isaac Wegner won the individual race in 17:05.4 to help the Panthers to a 25-point team win.

Juniors Alana Plaszcz and Victoria Fasbender had top-five finishes for the girls’ team. Plaszcz ran a 21:58.00 race for second overall, while Fasbender took fourth with a time of 23:08.00. Brook Plaszcz earned 11th with her 23:44.87 race, Paige Romanowski finished in 24:18.77 for 18th, and Taya Schaefer took 20th after a 24:39.59 race.

Claudia Paul and Kayli Solberg were the final two scored runners for the Mounder girls. Paul finished in 25:15.38 for 26th, and Solberg was 36th with a 26:43.76 race. Other runners competing for Elk Mound in the race were Mattea Linberg, Amanda Sahm and Kayla Patterson.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 2. Cade Hanson 17:37.96, 6. Andrew Pathos 18:11.06, 8. Nate Schreiber 18:37.84, 13. Seth Hazen 19:06.14, 15. Nate Lind 19:09.64, 29. Bowdrie Noller 20:44.30, 33. Jared Strand 21.02.20, 34. Jonas Kohls 21:16.80, 44. Avery Lauer 21:56.70, 45. Keagan McRea 22:00.87, 52. Brennen Zais 23:21.60, 53. Nate Bechel 23:39.80, 55. Mitchell Ruppelt 23:46.90.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Durand 25, 2. Elk Mound 44, 3. Spring Valley 76, 4. Colfax 92, 5. Glenwood City 116, 6. Boyceville 138.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 2. Alana Plaszcz 21:58.00, 4. Victoria Fasbender 23:08.00, 11. Brook Plaszcz 23:44.87, 18. Paige Romanowski 24:18.77, 20. Taya Schaefer 24:39.59, 26. Claudia Paul 25:15.38, 36. Kayli Solberg 26:43.76, 38. Mattea Linberg 26:50.20, 44. Amanda Sahm 28:55.61, 47. Kayla Patterson 29:32.78.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Glenwood City 48, 2. Elk Mound 50, 3. Colfax 81, 4. Boyceville 102, 5. Durand 112, 6. Spring Valley 122.


Consistency appears to have been the key last week, since both the boys’ and girls’ finished third in their team races at Osseo-Fairchild September 28.

Cade Hanson ran a respectable 17:20.8 race for third place individually, and Andrew Pathose took eighth with a time of 17:52.4. Nate Lind was 21st with his 18:38.1 race, Seth Hazen finished in 18:55.9 for 28th, and Nate Schreiber picked up 31st with a 19:17.7 run.

Bowdrie Noller rounded out the Elk Mound varsity squad with a time of 20:23.6 for 52nd.

Eau Claire Immanuel’s Dan Lau ran a 16:45.9 for the individual race win, but Augusta took home the boys’ team trophy after accruing only 73 points.

On the girl’s side, Alana Plaszcz led the Mounder girls with a time of 21:25.9 for fourth place in the overall race. Brook Plaszcz was 18th after a 22:50.7 finish, and Victoria Fasbender earned 24th with a time of 23:02.8.

Paige Romanowski raced to the line in 23:57.1 for 32nd, Danielle Olson was 35th with a time of 24:27.3, and Taya Schaefer completed the girls’ varsity team with a time of 24:39.9 for 39th.

Kari Herman of Osseo-Fairchild took the individual race win, finishing the race in 20:22.8. The Cameron girls took home top team honors after putting together only 51 points.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 3. Cade Hanson 17:20.8, 8. Andrew Pathos 17:52.4, 21. Nate Lind 18:38.1, 28. Seth Hazen 18:55.9, 31. Nate Schreiber 19:17.7, 52. Bowdrie Noller 20:23.6.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Augusta 73, 2. McDonell Central 77, 3. Elk Mound 86, 4. Eau Claire Immanuel 94, 5. Black River Falls 107, 6. Altoona 150, 7. Cameron 162, 8. Colby-Abbotsford 162, 9. Cadott 216, 10. Osseo-Fairchild 256, 11. Mondovi 296.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 4. Alana Plaszcz 21:25.9, 18. Brook Plaszcz 22:50.7, 24. Victoria Fasbender 23:02.8, Paige Romanowski 23:57.1, 35. Danielle Olson 24:27.3, 39. Taya Schaefer 24:39.9.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Cameron 51, 2. Colby-Abbotsford 100, 3. Elk Mound 107, 4. Altoona 118, 5. McDonell Central 123, 6. Chippewa Valley Lightning Bolts 125, 7. Fall Creek 147, 8. Black River Falls 186, 9. Osseo-Fairchild 205, 10. Cadott 214.