By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — Boyceville cross country coach Corey Day was pleased with his girls’ and boys’ cross country teams after their performance at the 2017 Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet last Thursday.
The Bulldogs traveled to Colfax’s Whitetail Golf Course for the conference championship October 12, where the girls’ squad came away with a fifth-place finish, while the boys were sixth out of seven teams.
“I was very happy with our athletes’ effort,” Day said following the event. “Emily Voelker ran a smart race, posting her best time of the year, capturing second team all-conference for the second year in a row. Nathan Corr was one spot away from all-conference.”
Voelker, a senior, led the girls’ team throughout the five-kilometer race to finish 11th overall with a time of 22:19.00. Sophomore Naomi Hillman was the second Lady Bulldog to finish, taking 20th place after a 23:24.78 run. She also picked up all-conference second-team accolades.
Lauryn Dominick finished in 24:36.57 for 34th, Noelle Wheeldon ended the race in 36th with a time of 25:01.28, and Marissa Dormanen brought up the rear with 39th place after a 25:33.05 run.
For the second straight year, the Glenwood City girls took top team honors with just 27 points, but it was Elmwood/Plum City senior Kassye Todd who ran away with the individual win after clocking a 19:39.99 finish.
Day thought Bulldog freshman Nathan Corr was a shoe-in for all-conference, but did not figure Elk Mound’s runners in his plans.
“Elk Mound stepped up last night,” Day said. “Between them and Durand, 10 of the 14 all-conference spots were taken up. It goes to show who you run with in practice is important. I am very happy with the effort, just disappointed with the result.”
The Boyceville coach does not doubt the younger Corr brother left everything he had on the course at the Whitetail last Thursday evening, when he picked up 15th place with a finish of 18:47.82.
Day indicated sophomore Steven Rasmussen ran his best race of 2017 at the Whitetail to pick up honorable mention, and broke 19 minutes for the first time in his career with a time of 18:56.85 for 17th.
“This is Steven’s first year, and he gets better every race,” the Bulldog coach noted.
Senior Rian Corr has served as the nominal team leader this season, and finished in 22nd after a 19:14.17 race. Day said the elder Corr sibling has done a tremendous job in his leadership role for the younger team members.
Cade Klefstad finished 38th in his first conference meet as a high school competitor after running a 20:22.41 race. Nathaniel Chich has run in sixth or seventh position most of the season, but managed to move into the fifth spot at the Whitetail with a time of 21:11.36 for 44th.
Ryker Ferg finished sixth for Boyceville after a 21:22.09 run for 46th, and Sean Best finished in 57th with a time of 22:47.92. Samuel Chich, Emmett Kapsner, Justin Lombardo, Casey Owen and Brennan Wheeldon also competed in the race.
Durand repeated as the boys’ conference team champion after earning just 20 points, and Panthers’ junior Isaac Wegner picked up the individual race win with a time of 16:24.74.
The Bulldogs will not race again until they host the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet at Tiffany Creek Elementary this Saturday, October 21. The state meet is scheduled for the following Saturday, October 28 at Wisconsin Rapids.
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 11. Emily Voelker 22:19.00, 20. Naomi Hillman 23:24.78, 34. Lauryn Dominick 24:36.57, 36. Noelle Wheeldon 25:01.28, 39. Marissa Dormanen 25:33.05.
GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Glenwood City 27, 2. Elk Mound 56, 3. Colfax 81, 4. Durand 111, 5. Boyceville 117, 6. Spring Valley 140.
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 15. Nathan Corr 18:47.82, 17. Steven Rasmussen 18:56.85, 22. Rian Corr 19:14.17, 38. Cade Klefstad 20:22.51, 44. Nathaniel Chich 21:11.36, 46. Ryker Ferg 21:22.09, 57. Sean Best 22:47.92, 58. Samuel Chich 22:58.44, 60. Emmett Kapsner 23:01.40, 61. Justin Lombardo 23:02.42, 68. Casey Owen 30:33.70, 69. Brennan Wheeldon 34:48.55.
BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Durand 20, 2. Elk Mound 47, 3. Colfax 91, 4. Spring Valley 92, 5. Glenwood City 119, 6. Boyceville 129, 7. Mondovi 211.
The Boyceville middle school girls’ team finished tenth and the boys’ team 12th in the 3200-meter race at the Whitetail October 12.
Emma Gruenhagen was the first of the Lady Bulldogs to finish the race, placing 11th for her 13:11.08 run. Haylee Rasmussen copped 20th with a time of 13:57.64, Jadyn Traxler finished in 14:11.08 for 30th, and Jaden Stevens ran the course in 14:35.05 for 32nd.
Emma Chich and Sarah Stoveren were 42nd and 43rd with times of 15:32.92 and 15:38.42, and Rachel Montgomery rounded out the scored team with a time of 16:34.57 for 52nd. Hope Huebner also competed, earning 54th with a time of 16:52.53.
Colfax’s Molly Heidorn won the girls’ race with a time of 12:06.47 to lead the Colfax ladies to a team win.
Treaden Kietzer led the Bulldog boys’ to the finish line in the race, taking 27th with a time of 13:41.06. Elijah Farrell and Jacob Nelson were 34th and 35th after runs of 14:07.18 and 14:12.07, and Peter Wheeldon ran a 14:30.79 race for 40th.
Marcus Wagner completed the team with a time of 16:35.24 for 54th.
The Glenwood City boys copped the team win with just 37 points after their top two runners finished first and second in the race. Hilltopper JJ Williams is credited with the race win after finishing in 10:52.88.