By Amber Hayden
CAMERON — Hard work and trust in the training has paid off for the Mounders’ cross country teams as both the girls and boys squads claimed first place at the Cameron Invitational September 6.
With three runners per team finishing in the top ten, Elk Mound dominated the invitational. The Mounder girls finished with 45 points to cop the top spot among eight teams competing teams while the boys scored 60 points to take first among the 11 schools sporting a full team.
“We had trained pretty hard coming into the meet, so wasn’t sure what to expect. But the kids really came to run,” stated Elk Mound head coach Jeremiah Fredrickson.
Cade Hanson finished second for the boys with a time of 16:34.6 breaking former Mounder Ben Holzwarth’s five-year-old school record.
“I know that was one of his goals coming into the season,” explained Fredrickson.
Also finishing in the top ten were Andrew Pathos and Seth Hazen who took fourth and ninth place respectively with times of 17:19.0 and 18:20.1.
Lukas Wagner was less than a minute behind Hazen at 18:51.2 to take 13th place for the Mounders’ team.
Finishing 32nd for the Mounders was Carter Sundeen with a time of 19:59.9, Brennen Zais was eight spots later in 40th place with a time of 20:12.3 and Avery Lauer finished with a time of 20:25.5 to take 42nd place.
“Most of our runners ran either season or personal bests which is awesome, hopefully as we get later into the season and begin to back off we will continue to see those times come down,” said coach Fredrickson.
The Mounder girls found the will to finish strong during the five kilometer run scoring 45 points as six of the seven runners finished in the top 25.
Crossing the finish line first for the Mounders was Alana Plaszcz in third place with a time of 21:06.1.
She was followed by Danielle Olson in a time of 21:30.9 for fifth place.
Kristin Martinson crossed the finish in 21:41.1 for tenth place and hot on her heels in 13th place was Victoria Fasbender with a time of 22:01.9.
Coming in 17th place was Paige Romanowski after finishing in a time of 22:30.2.
Brook Plaszcz and Taya Schaefer rounded out the Elk Mound ladies team, coming in 24th and 47th place and times of 23:04.1 and 24:56.4.
“It was nice to see the runners hard work pay off. They really trust our coaches and the training we are doing and this just reinforces those beliefs,” coach Fredrickson commented.
The Mounders traveled to UW-Barron in Rice Lake on September 11, and will head to the City Wells in Eau Claire tomorrow (Thursday). Elk Mound will then compete next Tuesday, September 18 at the Valley Golf Course in Mondovi.
Boys Team Results: 1. Elk Mound 60, 2. Clear Lake 69, 3. Amery High School 77, 4. Saint Croix Falls 105, 5. Chequamegon 111, 6. Cameron 132, 7. Glenwood City 188, 8. Birchwood 207, 9. Bruce 221, 10. Elmwood Schools 276, 11. Spooner Area School District 292.
EM Boys’ Individual Results: 2. Cade Hanson 16:34.6, 4. Andrew Pathos 17:19.0, 9. Seth Hazen 18:20.1, 13. Lukas Wagner 18:51.2, 32. Carter Sundeen 19:59.9, 40. Brennen Zais 20:12.3, 42. Avery Lauer 20:25.5.
Girls Team Results: 1. Elk Mound 45, 2. Amery High School 51, 3. Glenwood City 78, 4. Cameron 96, 5. Saint Croix Falls 128, 6. Chequamegon 131, 7. Spooner Area School District 200, 8. Frederic/Luck 227.
EM Girls Individual Results: 3. Alana Plaszcz 21:06.1, 5. Danielle Olson 21:30.9, 10. Kristin Martinson 21:41.1, 13. Victoria Fasbender 22:01.9, 17. Paige Romanowski 22:30.2, 24. Brook Plaszcz, 47. Taya Schaefer 24:56.4.