By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — The Elk Mound girls’ cross country team missed out on a second consecutive trip to state by just seven points last Saturday at Boyceville.
Even with neither team going, coach Jeremiah Fredrickson was still pleased with the day’s competition.
“Sectionals were very exciting,” he said. “Our kids came in prepared and ran some of their best races of the season. In rainy and wet conditions, both teams ran well. We knew we had to be nearly perfect in both races to qualify.”
[emember_protected] The Mounder ladies, and their male counterparts, finished third in their respective team competitions during the WIAA Division 3 cross country sectional held at Tiffany Creek Elementary October 21.
However, each team is sending one member to run at this Saturday’s state meet as an individual. Sophomore Cade Hanson will be returning to state for a second straight year as will junior Alana Plaszcz, who went as a member of last year’s girls’ team.
Fredrickson said both teams were disappointed with the finish, but should be proud of their seasons. He noted there were some tough teams competing for only two state-qualifying spots each in the boys’ and girls’ team competitions, but was pleased with the boys’ best finish ever.
The top five individuals from non-qualify teams along with the top two team finishers move on to the state championships.
Junior Alana Plaszcz will represent the Elk Mound girls in the WIAA Division 3 state race to be held at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids October 28. She finished third in the October 21 sectional race with a time of 20:54.8.
Victoria Fasbender, another junior, was the next Mounder lady to finish the race, taking 18th for her 22:40.5 effort. Danielle Olson and Kirstin Martinson earned 23rd and 24th with times of 23:00.3 and 23:01.9, and Brook Plaszcz and Taya Schaefer finished in 23:08.8 and 23:38.3 for 27th and 36th.
Paige Romanowski completed the group with a time of 24:34.2 for 49th after finishing the wet, sloppy course.
The Glenwood City ladies walked away with the sectional championship trophy for a second year in a row, and Kassye Todd of Elmwood/Plum City took the individual race win after completing her run in 20:16.5.
Plaszcz will be joined by Todd, Thorp/Gilman’s Falon Immormino, Colfax junior Erica Kallstrom, and Lake Holcombe/Cornell junior Orianna Lebal as individuals competing in the state race this coming Saturday.
Cade Hanson led the Mounder boys to the finish, taking fourth with a time of 17:38.5, and joining Dan Lau of Eau Claire Immanuel, Cameron freshman Josh Halverson, Zach Yengo of Eau Claire Regis, and Austin Karow of Eau Claire Immanuel as an individual runner in the boys’ Division 3 state race October 28.
Nate Lind was the next Elk Mounder to the line, running an 18:30.5 race for 10th. Seth Hazen and Nate Schreiber finished 25th and 26th with times of 19:08.0 and 19:13.0.
Andrew Pathos completed his race in 31st after a 19:21.5 race, Bowdrie Noller finished in 20:41.4 for 62nd, and Jared Strand picked up 70th with his 20:59.1 finish.
The McDonell Central boys earned the sectional team trophy, but Immanuel senior Dan Lau ran a 17:18.1 race for the individual win.
The girls’ Division 3 race is scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m. October 28, and the boys’ race is listed as starting at 2:35 p.m.
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 3. Alana Plaszcz 20:54.8, 18. Victoria Fasbender 22:40.5, 23. Danielle Olson 23:00.3, 24. Kirstin Martinson 23:01.9, 27. Brook Plaszcz 23:08.8, 36. Taya Schaefer 23:38.3, 49. Paige Romanowski 24:34.2.
GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Glenwood City 55, 2. Cameron 73, 3. Elk Mound 80, 4. McDonell Central 128, 5. Colfax 156, 6. Fall Creek 178, 7. St. Croix Falls 191, 8. Boyceville 231, 9. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 241, 10. Clear Lake 253, 11. Eau Claire Regis 255, 12. Cadott 273, 13. Spring Valley 310, 14. Prairie Farm 343.
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 3. Cade Hanson 17:38.5, 10. Nate Lind 18:30.5, 25. Seth Hazen 19:08.0, 26. Nate Schreiber 19:13.0, 31. Andrew Pathos 19:21.5, 62. Bowdrie Noller 20:41.4, 70. Jared Strand 20:59.1.
BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. McDonell Central 66, 2. Augusta 85, 3. Elk Mound 96, 4. Eau Claire Immanuel 122, 5. Colfax 192, 6. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 215, 7. Spring Valley 215, 8. Glenwood City 223, 9. Cameron 266, 10. Eau Claire Regis 283, 11. Boyceville 286, 12. Fall Creek 293, 13. Clear Lake 297, 14. Stanley-Boyd 319, 15. St. Croix Falls 383, 16. Cadott 383, 17. Lake Holcombe/Cornell 439, 18. New Auburn 547. [/emember_protected]