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Colfax cross country girls take third, boys finish fourth in WIAA Division 3 Sectional

CROSSING IN on the one mile mark at the WIAA Division 3 Cross Country Sectional last Saturday in Boyceville were Vikings’ runners Erica Kallstrom (front) and Hailey Prince. In their final high school cross country races, Prince placed 23rd and Kallstrom finished in 34th place. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

By Amber Hayden

BOYCEVILLE — The Colfax boys’ and girls’ cross country teams headed back to Boyceville last Saturday morning, October 20, to compete in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional meet.

“Tough day for us,” stated Vikings’ head coach Joe Doucette. “We knew coming in that we had a fighting chance to be in the top two as it turned out if we run well we make it,” stated head coach Joe Doucette.

The Colfax boys finished in fourth place with 142 points, behind first-place Chippewa Falls McDonell Central who finished with just 36 points and runner-up Clear Lake who posted 101 points.

The Lady Vikes had found the drive to finish in third place with 88 points behind three-time sectional champion Glenwood City and second-place McDonell Central. The Lady Toppers garnered their fourth sectional title in five years with score of 40 points. The Macs finished with 63 points.

For the Viking boys, Luke Heidorn crossed the line first for the Vikings with a time of 18:45.2 for a 15th place finish, followed closely behind by Dennis Sonnentag in 20th place with a time of 18:51.4.

“Dennis ran a great race and we had others run well, but if our top five keep improving and run well we probably finish in that two spot,” commented Doucette.

COLFAX competitors Trey Hovde (left front) and Dennis Sonnentag compete in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional cross country meet held in Boyceville last Saturday, October 20. Sonnentage finished 22nd and Hovde placed 54th. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Crossing the finish line next for the Vikings were runners Trevor Rothbauer and Noah Heidorn in 24th and 32nd place with times of 18:58.6 and 19:14.1. Trey Hovde, making the cross over from football to cross country, finished in 51st place with a time of 19:50.6.

Sawyer Best was next for Colfax in 63rd place with a time of 20:16.3 and hot on his heels a little over a minute later was Viking harrier Luke Blanchard with a time of 21:59.9 in 85th place.

“We really appreciate the efforts of Luke Heidorn and Trevor Rothbauer, Luke was three time all conference and Trevor one of our most improved,” Doucette explained, “assistant coach Chuck Brown does a great job with the boys, they wanted to be in that top two and just came out a touch short.”

Jasmine Best led the Lady Vikings once again last Saturday, finding the strength to manage a seventh-place finish at the Division 3 sectional with a time of 22:03.1, followed closely behind by Emilee Burcham-Scofield in 15th place with a time of 22:52.3.

Coming across the line eight seconds later was runner Hailey Prince to take a 16th place finish in a time of 23:00.8.

“Hailey Prince is a great person, she has been all conference and has run on a state third place team,” Doucette stated, “she was great with our young kids, and ran very well today.”

Erica Kallstrom was still battling injuries going into the Saturday meet but fought her way to a 24th place finish and a time of 23:54.0 to finish out her cross country career. Jillian Bowe followed close behind with a 26th place finish with a time of 24:06.0.

Rounding out the Lady Vikings were Juelia Berger and Jenna Goodell in 34th and 49th place with times of 24:55.5 and 28:04.8.

“We’re still very excited we had a stretch in which every sectional meet went great for us, but the last two or three have not,” Vikings coach Doucette said, “overall it was a good year, we had a ton of improvement to put us in the mix. We have a lot of potential and maybe next year we can get over the top.”

FRESHMEN BATTLE — Colfax freshman Emilee Burcham-Scofield, left, and fellow freshman Samantha Peterson of Glenwood City sprinte toward the finish line at last Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 cross country sectional in Boyceville. Peterson nipped Burcham-Scofield by two-hundreths of a second. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser freshman Lana Blumer won the girls individual title with a 19:55.1, while St. Croix Falls’ junior Trevor Lamirande was the top boys’ racer, winning in 17:25.7.

The top two teams and top five individuals from non-qualifying team will advance to this Saturday’s state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. McDonell Central 36, 2. Clear Lake 101, 3. Augusta 104, 4. Colfax 142, 5. Spring Valley 144, 6. St. Croix Falls 156, 7. Boyceville 161, 8. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 182, 9. Fall Creek 198, 10. Glenwood City 252, 11. Regis 291, 12. Cadott 323, 13. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 373. 14. Elmwood/Plum City 377, 15. Thorp 396.

COLFAX BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 15. Luke Heidorn 18:45.2, 20. Dennis Sonnentag 18:51.4, 24. Trevor Rothbauer 18:58.6, 32. Noah Heidorn 19:14.1,  51. Trey Hovde 19:50.6, 63. Sawyer Best 20:16.3, 85. Luke Blanchard 21:52.9.

GIRLS TEAM RESULTS: 1. Glenwood City 40, 2. McDonell Central 63, 3. Colfax 88, 4. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 111, 5. St. Croix Falls 114, 6. Regis 139, 7. Thorp 146, 8. Spring Valley 180.

COLFAX GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 7. Jasmine Best 22:03.1, 15. Emilee Burcham-Scofield 22:52.3, 16. Hailey Prince 23:00.8, 24. Erica Kallstrom 23:54.0, 26. Jillian Bowe 24:06.0, 34. Juelia Berger 24:55.5, 49. Jenna Goodell 28:04.8. 

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