By Missy Klatt
SPRING VALLEY – It was an overcast rainy day this past Thursday, September 27th as both Glenwood and Boyceville cross country teams participated in the invitational race at Spring Valley.
Both head coach, Corey Day from Boyceville and head coach, Matthew Schutz from Glenwood City saw good things from their teams but also know there is room for improvement as they start gearing up for the conference meet which will be less than two weeks away on October 11th.
For the boys it was the Bulldogs finishing in sixth place just ahead of the Toppers in seventh. Nathan Corr remains the lead Dawg as he finished in ninth place with a time of 19:04.2. Steven Rasmussen was next for the Bulldogs in 21st place followed closely by the top two Hilltopper runners, Jabin Hojem and Austin Nelson in the 24th and 26th spots. Two more Toppers crossed the line before the next two Bulldogs. Thomas Moede and Elijah Simmons were 29th and 33rd respectively while Cade Klefstad and Brian Johnson were 37th and 39th. Rounding out the top five for the Bulldogs was Nathaniel Chich. Brendan Booth was the fifth runner for the Hilltoppers.
Coach Day stated that, “we are improving and I believe the improvement will continue.” He continues by saying Nathan Corr ran very strong and that Cade Klefstad and Brian Johnson ran another season best.
For the Hilltoppers Coach Schutz commented that his lead runners started out too fast and the boys did not have a good placing in the overall team scores. “We are hoping to figure that out as we head towards conference.”
The girls’ race was basically a showdown between Glenwood City and Durand. Unfortunately Durand had the winning edge as they beat the Hilltoppers by just six points. Coach Schutz recapped the race; “Well the girls’ team set up for some great racing with Durand for the upcoming conference race as both teams battled for positioning along the whole race. Unfortunately, Durand edged us out in the end. Both teams had 4 girls in the top 9 in this race. However, Elk Mound still looks to be the favorite in the conference, so it should be one [heck] of a race between all three teams.”
Durand had the first and third place runners while Bella Simmons was second and Izzy Williams was fourth. Durand then had the fifth and seventh runner, a Prescott runner was in the sixth slot. Topper Kendall Schutz was eighth and Emily Bethell ninth. Not far behind were Gabby Moede, Samantha Peterson, Azra Ibrahimagic and Hanna Strehlo for the Toppers.
The Bulldogs still don’t have a complete girls’ team but they had three runners compete at Spring Valley. Noelle Wheeldon was the top finisher for the Dawgs in 36th. Rachel Becker also competed as did foreign exchange student, Ade Harpil from Indonesia, who ran in her first meet. Coach Day commented that “her [Ade] ankle swelled up earlier in the week but it did not deter her from finishing her first 5K.”
Both teams competed in Amery on Tuesday, October 2nd. On Saturday, October 6th the Bulldogs will heading to Arcadia while the Toppers travel to Eau Claire for Invitational meets. Conference will take place at Boyceville (behind the elementary school) on Thursday, October 11th.
BOYS: 9. Corr 19:04.2 BV, 21 Rasmussen 19:52.4 BV, 24. Hojem 20:02.6 GC, 26. Nelson 20:03.9 GC, 29. Moede 20:15.3, 33. Simmons 20:19.1 GC, 37. Klefstad 20:25.4 BV, 39. Johnson 20:27.3 BV, 45. N. Chich 20:54.8 BV, 54. S. Chich 21:29.3 BV, 58. Booth 21:43.1 GC, 62. Standaert 21:49.4 BV, 66. Lombardo 22:00.9 BV, 67. Wallin 22:11.4 GC, 92. Tiepolo 24.12.2, 100. Farrell 26:08.7.
TEAM SCORES: 1. Durand 46, 2. Ellsworth 59, 3. Spring Valley 104, 4. Baldwin-Woodville 106, 5. Prescott 133, 6. Boyceville 148, 7. Glenwood City 161, 8. Clear Lake 193, 9. Regis 214, 10. Elmwood 268.
GIRLS: 2. Simmons 22:06.7 GC, 4. Williams 22:25.4, 8. Schutz 23:04.4 GC, 9. Bethell 23:07.3 GC, 17. Moede 23:44.3 GC, 20. Peterson 24:13.5 GC, 26. Ibrahimagic 24:46.3 GC, 29. Strehlo 25:19.9 GC, 36. Wheeldon 25:44.5 BV, 42. Eliason 26:03.5 GC, 46. Bauman 26:19.2 GC, 49. E. Knops 26:38.3 GC, 58. P. Knops 28:20.3 GC, 65. Christmas 29:40.1 GC, 67. Swanepoel 30:06.7 GC, 70. Becker 30:31.5 BV, 72. Harpil 34:05.1 BV.
TEAM SCORES: 1. Durand 33, 2. Glenwood City 39, 3. Prescott 85, 4. Baldwin-Woodville 92, 5. Ellsworth 105, 6. Regis 172, 7. Spring Valley 173.