Viking runners fight through cold and rain at Old Abe Invitational

By Cara L. Dempski

EAU CLAIRE — The weather Saturday morning at Eau Claire’s South Middle School was gloomy, grey, cold and wet.

But that does not mean Colfax cross country coach Joe Doucette was unable to find any bright spots in the performances of both his teams at the October 7 Old Abe Invitational.

The  Colfax ladies finished 13th out of 15 teams at the meet with 388 points, and the boys were 15th out of 17 with 431. The vast majority of the teams the Division 3 Vikings competed against at the meet were Division 1 schools.

Doucette named Erica Kallstrom as one of the day’s bright spots for Colfax. While the coach said Kallstrom is not quite to where she was at this time last season, she has shown improvement over the season.

“She had a great second half to her race, where she caught a lot of people,” Doucette said.

Kallstrom was the first Viking girl to finish the race, taking 40t with a time of 20:22.6. Senior Mackenzie Jensen followed in 90th with a 22:18.8 race. Hailey Prince, Juelia Berger and Addisyn Olson finished close together in 99th, 101st, and 103rd after races of 23:11.6, 23:21.8, and 23:44.4.

Hudson sophomore Rachel Ball copped the race win with a time of 17:53.8 to lead the Lady Raiders to a team win with just 35 points.

Junior Luke Heidorn was the first Viking to finish, taking 82nd with his 18:52.1 race, but younger brother Noah Heidorn was just behind him with a time of 18:57.1 for 84th to serve as one of the bright lights on the boys’ team.

“He (Noah Heidorn) was under 19 minutes for the first time,” Doucette said. “He is one of our fastest freshmen ever.”

Sophomore Brady Lawrence also ran well, taking 87th with a time of 19:02.6. Another sophomore, Trey Hovde, pulled double-duty again this season, running the morning after playing a football game at Boyceville. He was 99th with his 19:25.0 race.

Trevor Rothbauer earned 110th after finishing in 20:04.0, Cole Seehaver finished in 20:06.4 to take 112th, and Sawyer Best completed the team with a 20:31.0 race for 115th.

Eau Claire Memorial junior Zak Sather took the overall race win with a time of 16:16.8, which helped the Old Abes to a team win with just 50 points.

With the invitational season now over, Doucette’s Vikings have turned their attention to this Thursday’s (October 12) Dunn-St. Croix meet which Colfax will host at the Whitetail Golf Course. The Vikings will then prepare to  run in the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet in Boyceville on Saturday, October 21.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 40. Erica Kallstrom 20:22.6, 90. Mackenzie Jensen 22:18.8, 99. Hailey Prince 23:11.6, 101. Juelia Berger 23:21.8, 103. Addisyn Olson 23:44.4.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Hudson 35, 2. Rochester Century 82, 3. EC Memorial 124, 4. New Richmond 138, 5. Menomonie 145, 6. Medford Area 153, 7. Chippewa Falls 165, 8, DC Everest 168, 9. River Falls 231, 10. Rice Lake 259, 11. Glenwood City 286, 12. Altoona 364, 13. Colfax 388, 14. McDonell Central 400, 15. Fall Creek 408.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 82. Luke Heidorn 18:52.1, 84. Noah Heidorn 18:57.1, 87, Brady Lawrence 19:02.6, 99. Trey Hovde 19:25.0, 110. Trevor Rothbauer 20:04.0, 112. Cole Seehaver 20:06.4, 115. Sawyer Best 20:31.0.

BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. EC Memorial 50, 2. DC Everest 69, 3. Rochester Century 164, 4. River Falls 169, 5. Hudson 171, 6. EC North 188, 7. Medford Area 190, 8. Menomonie 229, 9. New Richmond 241, 10. McDonell Central 267, 11. Rice Lake 285, 12. Chippewa Falls 289, 13. EC Immanuel 315, 14. Altoona 377, 15. Colfax 431, 16. EC Regis 433, 17. Glenwood City 446.