By Cara L. Dempski
SPRING VALLEY — It does not appear the Glenwood City girls’ cross country team will tire of winning meets any time soon.
The Lady Hilltoppers nabbed another team win in Spring Valley last Thursday, September 28 after their top five runners finished in the top ten for a low team total of 22 points. The boys’ finished in the middle of the pack with 83 to take third place out of six teams.
Head coach Matt Schutz seems to be pleased with how both teams are running as they start to turn their collective focus toward the upcoming conference and sectional meets.
“The girls continue to do well, placing five of our top runners in the top 10,” he explained. “Emily Bethell is resting due to her hip this past week, but hopes to be back soon.”
Despite being without their usual top runner, the Hilltopper ladies continue to fare well in team competition. Sophomore Isabella Williams led the team at Spring Valley, taking third place with a 22:20.3 race.
Julia Dinkel finished fourth with her 22:30.8 run, Megan Speiser was fifth after a 22:54.3 race, and Gabby Moede earned sixth with her 23:09.5 effort. Makayla O’Brien rounded out the top five with a time of 23:35.8 for ninth place.
Elizabeth Wink and Myah Eliason completed the Hilltoppers’ scored runners in the race. Wink took 14th with a time of 24:05.5, and Eliason finished in 25:13.3 for 21st. Hanna Strehlo, Annika Bauman, Alex Swanepoel, Emma Scholler and Marie Schmidt also competed in the race.
While the Lady Toppers were the first-place team at Spring Valley, it was Elmwood senior Kassye Todd, who won the individual race with a time of 20:55.5.
The Glenwood City boys’ top runner, Jacob Nadeau, also garnered some praise from coach Schutz.
“Jacob Nadeau is running well as the boys’ top runner, and it was nice to see them place third out of six teams last night,” the coach said.
Nadeau ran a 19:12.5 race for eighth.
Sophomore Jabin Hojem was the next Hilltopper boy to the finish line, running a 19:52.1 race for 14th. Matthew Bauman was 17th after a 20:06.3 finish, and Matthew O’Brien ran a 20:31.4 race for 19th.
Elijah Simmons was next to finish, taking 26th with a 20:47.8 run, Bradley Kessler crossed the line in 21:38.4 for 34th, and Henry Wallin finished the team with a time of 23:44.1 for 45th. Kyle Meyers was the last Hilltopper to finish, running a 25:31.7 race for 52nd.
Durand junior Isaac Wegner ran a 17:38.1 race for the win, and the Panthers had five runners in the top six to score 17 points for the team win.
The Hilltoppers put in an appearance in Amery yesterday (October 3) before heading to Eau Claire’s South Middle School this Saturday, October 7. That will be the final preparation before the squads compete in the Dunn-St. Croix conference meet at the Whitetail Golf Course near Colfax next Thursday, October 12.
The teams will run in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional at Boyceville’s Tiffany Creek Elementary on Saturday, October 21.
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 3. Isabella Williams 22:20.3, 4. Julia Dinkel 22:30.8, 5. Megan Speiser 22:54.3, 6. Gabby Moede 23:09.5, 9. Makayla O’Brien 23:35.8, 14. Elizabeth Wink 24:05.5, 21. Myah Eliason 25:13.3, 26. Hanna Strehlo 25:57.8, 30. Annika Bauman 26:55.5, 39. Alex Swanepoel 28:12.6, 40. Emma Scholler 28:20.7, 44. Marie Schmidt 30:51.6.
GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Glenwood City 22, 2. Ellsworth 42, 3. Boyceville 96, 4. Spring Valley 103, 5. Clear Lake 103.
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 8. Jacob Nadeau 19:12.5, 14. Jabin Hojem 19:52.1, 17. Matthew Bauman 20:06.3, 19. Matthew O’Brien 20:31.4, 29. Elijah Simmons 20:47.8, 34. Bradley Kessler 21:38.4, 45. Henry Wallin 23:44.1, 52. Kyle Meyers 25:31.7.
BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Durand 17, 2. Spring Valley 64, 3. Glenwood City 83, 4. Ellsworth 88, 5. Clear Lake 115, 6. Boyceville 120.