By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE – The Colfax boys’ and girls’ cross country teams headed into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Tournament last Thursday, October 11, facing tough competition and conditions as the skies were dark and gloomy and cold winds whipped the runners.
“We knew coming in, the Dunn St. Croix was full of good teams and all the teams ahead of us ran well also,” commented Colfax head coach Joe Doucette. “We had hoped coming in that someone would struggle and we could jump up a spot or two, but everybody was tough.”
For the Viking boys, Thursday’s conference meet was their best race finishing third with 83 points behind winner Elk Mound (43) and runner-up Durand (46).
Elk Mound made a clean sweep of the event, as the Mounder girls copped the championship beating defending champion Glenwood City by a single point, 44 to 45. In fact, just two points separated the top three girls’ squads as Durand placed third with a score of 46. The Lady Vikes took a fourth place finish with as the matched their boys with 83 points.
Senior Luke and sophomore Noah Heidorn were Colfax’s top boys’ runners as they finished back-to-back in tenth and eleventh place respectively with times of 18:29.84 and 18:31.30. The brothers both took home second team all-conference certificates. It was Luke’s third time earning all-conference honors.
Sawyer Best finished in 17th place with a time of 19:05.84, followed closely behind by Trevor Rothbauer in 18th place and a time of 19:09.54. Dennis Sonnentag crossed the line for the Vikings less than 21 seconds later for a 27th place finish and a time of 19:32.06.
“We really wanted Sawyer and Trevor to make it and they were close, and Dennis keeps improving also,” stated coach Doucette.
Rounding out the Colfax boys were runners Luke Blanchard and Tristan Lenz in 50th and 51st place with times of 23:06.68 and 23:11.53.
“The boys have a chance to finish high at sectionals in ten days, Chippewa McDonnell is a heavy favorite,” explained Doucette, “but from there it is wide open if the boys can continue to improve and run a great race.”
The Colfax girls ran well with three of their runners finishing with personal bests explained Doucette. “Everyone is excited and improves a lot as they fight for Conference championships and state berths,” stated Doucette.
Jasmine Best was a solid runner for the Vikings’ finishing in tenth place to earn second team all-conference honors. Best timed of the course 21:49.55.
Just missing all-conference titles were runners Emilee Burcham-Scofield and Jillian Bowe in 16th and 17th place with times of 22:41.77 and 22:48.80. Hailey Prince all missed an all-conference title in 18th place with a time of 22:50.45.
Erica Kallstrom, a three time all-conference runner, returned on Thursday but with a 25th place finish and a time of 24:01.19 showed she is still having some issues with her knee. Doucette explained when Kallstrom is healthy she has won the race before, also stating he was proud of her for battling and doing the best she could.
“If Erica gets healthier and everyone keeps improving we could finish in the top five,” Doucette commented.
Juelia Berger and Jenna Goodell rounded out the Lady Viking runners in 28th and 34th place with times of 24:57.66 and 27:22.81.
“We congratulate Elk Mound they ran great in both races to win tough tight battles, they are very deserving champions full of great kids,” Doucette stated.
The Vikings will have ten days to rest before returning to Boyceville this Saturday, October 20, for the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet. Racing will begin at 11 a.m. with the boys’ race. The top two teams along with the first five individual finishers that are not part of a state qualifying team will advance to the State Cross Country Championship In Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, October 27.
BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. Elk Mound 43, 2. Durand 46, 3. Colfax 83, 4. Spring Valley 84, 5. Boyceville 110, 6. Glenwood City 128, 7. Elmwood/Plum City 194, 8. Mondovi 224.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 10. Luke Heidorn 18:29.84, 11. Noah Heidorn 18:31.30, 17. Sawyer Best 19:05.84, 18. Trevor Rothbauer 19:09.54, 27. Dennis Sonnentag 19:32.06, 50. Luke Blanchard 23:06.68, 51. Tristan Lenz 23:11.53.
GIRLS TEAM RESULTS: 1. Elk Mound 44, 2. Glenwood City 45, 3. Durand 46, 4. Colfax 83, 5. Spring Valley 133.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 10. Jasmine Best 21:49.55, 15. Emilee Burcham-Scofield 22:41.77, 16. Jillian Bowe 22:48.80, 19. Hailey Prince 22:50.45, 25. Erica Kallstrom 24:01.19, 28. Juelia Berger 24:57.66, 34. Jenna Goodell 27:22.81.