By Missy Klatt
CAMERON – Another beautiful afternoon made for some great running by the Glenwood City Cross Country teams. The boys took the course first and came away with a seventh place finish out of eleven teams. With all the runners improving on their times, some by minutes – plural, the boys looked really strong.
First to cross the finish line for the Toppers was freshman Austin Nelson in 17th place with a time of 19:02.7. Next for Glenwood was Thomas Moede in 35th with a time of 20:06.8 with Elijah Simmons less than three seconds behind in 36th place. Rounding out the top five were Henry Wallin and Brendan Booth. Henry shaved off more than three and a half minutes from last week’s race while Brendan knocked off two minutes from his time. Team mate, John Hager who finished sixth for the Toppers dropped his time by three minutes. Exchange student, Francesco Tiepolo in his first ever race had a good run with a time of 23:45.
The girls were once again lead by freshman Bella Simmons as they ran to a third place finish behind Elk Mound and Amery. Bella finished in sixth place with a time of 21:34.5. Izzy Williams was about six seconds behind in ninth place. Kendall Schutz was next for Toppers in 18th place with Gabby Moede and Emily Bethell coming in back to back in 25th and 26th. Azra Ibrahimagic (36th) and Samantha Peterson (39th) completed the top seven. All the girls, not just the top seven also bettered their times considerably.
Head coach, Matthew Schutz was very happy with his runners’ performance stating, “I’m very pleased with how the overall team continues to step it up in practices and races. Every single runner cut time from their previous week’s race.”
The Toppers competed at Rice Lake on Tuesday, September 11th and will be at Barron High School on Tuesday, September 18th to compete in another invitational.
Boys: 17. Nelson 19:02.7, 35. Moede 20:06.8, 36. Simmons 20:09.6, 50. Wallin 20:45.9, 57. Booth 21:07.4, 85. Hager 22:18.1, 98. Tiepolo 23:44.7.
Girls: 6. Simmons 21:34.5, 9. Williams 21:40.4, 18. Schutz 22:37.6, 25. Moede 23:11.2, 26. Bethell 23:13.3, 36. Ibrahimagic 23:57.4, 39. Peterson 24:26.9, 46. Strehlo 23:43.6, 58. E. Knops 25:44.9, 67. Eliason 26:18.4, 70. Swanepoel 26:45.0, 71. Bauman 26:47.6, 80. P. Knops 27:41.1, 83. Christmas 28:11.9.
BOYS: 1. Elk Mound 60, 2. Clear Lake 69, 3. Amery 77, 4. St. Croix Falls 105, 5. Chequamegon 111, 6. Cameron 132, 7.
Glenwood City 188, 8. Birchwood 207, 9. Bruce 221, 10. Elmwood 276, 11. Spooner 292.
Girls: 1. Elk Mound 45, 2. Amery 51, 3. Glenwood City 78, 4. Cameron 96, 5. St. Croix Falls 128, 6. Chequamegon 131, 7. Spooner 200, 8. Frederic/Luck 227.