By Amber Hayden
EAU CLAIRE — The Colfax Vikings cross country teams made their way to Eau Claire on October 6 and competed against several larger schools.
With some of the Viking runners struggling throughout the meet, the Colfax girls finished in 13th place and the boys took a 12th-place finish at the Invitational held this past Saturday at Eau Claire’s South Middle School.
“The girls were again missing Erica Kallstrom but we hope to have her back next week,” stated head coach Joseph Doucette, “time wise the girls were good but a couple people struggled late in the race.”
Jasmine Best, who has been a strong runner as of late, got too far behind early in the race and was unable to recover explained Doucette. Best finished in 65th place with a time of 22:16.2.
Finishing in 79th place was Emilee Burcham-Scofield with a time of 23:01.6 and in 80th place was senior Hailey Prince with a time of 23:01.8. Both Burcham-Scofield and Prince ran their season best for the Vikings.
Jillian Bowe also had her season best time of 23:15.5 to finish in 84th place, junior Juelia Berger finished 13 seconds later in 89th place and a time of 24:28.6 and rounding out the girls was Jenna Goodell with a 95th place finish and a time of 27:47.7.
“The Dunn-St. Croix is very strong on the girls’ side as Elk Mound, Durand and Glenwood City are all very good,” coach Doucette commented.
The Colfax boys had their best race of the season with their 1-5 runners placing well in the race.
Noah Heidorn finished with his best career time of 18:19.6 to take a 46th place finish.
Heidorn’s older brother Luke started a bit fast for the Vikings finishing in 54th place with a time of 18:38.9, following behind Heidorn in 68th place with his career personal record was Sawyer Best with a time of 19:01.0.
Trevor Rothbauer managed a 74th place finish on Saturday with a time of 19:05.0, coming in 23 seconds later with his career personal record was Dennis Sonnentag with a time of 19:28.0 in 90th place.
“The boys are really improving at the right time,” explained coach Doucette, “assistant coach Chuck Brown spends a lot of time with them and does a great job motivating them … The good teams find a way to be at their best late in the year in the important meets.”
Rounding it out for the Vikings boys in 105th and 108th place were runners Luke Blanchard and Tristan Lenz with times of 21:38.7 and 23:12.9.
Saturday’s race was the Vikings’ squads final tune-up prior to this Thursday’s Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet at Tiffany Creek Elementary School in Boyceville.
Neither the Colfax boys nor girls will have much margin for error in the October 11 championship meet as the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, as Doucette noted, is loaded with talent on both the girls’ and boys’ sides. Racing is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS TEAM RESULTS: 1. Hudson 79, 2. Menomonie 80, 3. New Richmond 101, 4. Eau Claire 105, 5. Chippewa Falls 114, 6. River Falls 165, 7. DC Everest 185, 8. Rice Lake 186, Osceola 188, 10. Glenwood City 262, 11. Eau Claire North 288, 12. McDonell Central 313, 13. Colfax 397, 14. Eau Claire Regis 447.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 65. Jasmine Best 22:16.2, 79. Emilee Burcham-Scofield 23:01.6, 80. Hailey Prince 23:01.8, 84. Jillian Bowe 23:15.5, 89. Juelia Berger 24:28.6, 95. Jenna Goodell 27:47.7.
BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. Eau Claire Memorial 39, 2. River Falls 50, 3. DC Everest 122, 4. Osceola 132, 5. New Richmond 151, 6. Hudson 163, 7. Rice Lake 181, 8. McDonell Central 191, 9. Menomonie 217, 10. Chippewa Falls 246, 11. Eau Claire North 254, 12. Colfax 332, 13. Immanuel Lutheran 405, 14. Fall Creek 418, 15. Eau Claire Regis 428, 16. Glenwood City 459.
Boys Individual Results: 46. Noah Heidorn 18:19.6, 54. Luke Heidorn 18:38.9, 68. Sawyer Best 19:01.0, 74. Trevor Rothbauer 19:05.8, 90. Dennis Sonnentag 19:28.0, 105. Luke Blanchard 21:38.7, 108. Tristan Lenz 23:12.9.