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By Missy Klatt
With two more races this past week the Bulldog cross country teams continued to improve.
On Tuesday, October 8th the Bulldogs were in Amery. Then on Saturday, October 12th they headed south and ran in Arcadia at the Holte Invitational.
The Bulldogs will race this Thursday, October 17th at the Dunn-St. Croix conference meet to be held in Spring Valley. Boyceville will then host the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet at Tiffany Creek Elementary on Saturday, October 26.
For the Boyceville girls, it was freshman Emma Gruenhagen who led the way for the Bulldogs with a 14th place finish in a time of 22:30.46. According to Head Coach Corey Day, this was a new personal best for her by over 30 seconds.
“Emma has been overcoming an injury, and I think we are through the tough part of that and she is ready in time for championship season,” Day commented.
Naomi Hillman took the 33rd slot with Noelle Wheeldon in 59th, Haylie Rasmussen in 72nd, and Emma Chich rounding out the top five in 78th. As a team, the Bulldog girls came in ninth out of 13 teams.
The boys finished in seventh out of the 13 teams with everyone running their best or within seconds of their personal best for the season.
Coach Day remarked that, “A goal of ours has been to get our top 5 under 20 minutes and we accomplished that goal with one more race before conference. I am happy with that progress and expect to see similar improvements in the championship season.”
Steven Rasmussen came in first for the Bulldogs in 17th place with a time of 18:26.58. Less than five seconds later Nathen Corr crossed the line in the 19th spot followed by Kaiden Standaert (42nd), Brian Johnson (47th) and Cade Klefsatd (56th).
Amery Individual Results
14. Gruenhagen 22:30.46, 33. Hillman 23:48.49, 59. N. Wheeldon 25:22.47, 72. Rasmussen 26:16.58, 78. Chich 27:22.73, 88. Montgomery 30:17.55, 89. S. Wheeldon 30:26.24.
Boys: 17. Rasmussen 18:26.58, 19. Corr 18:31.48, 42. Standaert 19:30.53, 47. Johnson 19:35.87, 56. Klefstad 19:52.72, 68. N. Chich 20:29.43, 73. S. Chich 20:48.66. JV: 25. Nelson 22:01.01, 36. Farrell 23:32.39, 48. Olson 24:45.42.
1. Glenwood City 37, 2. Amery 65, 3. Somerset 114, 4. Prescott 127, 5. Unity 160, 6. Elk Mound 165, 7. Baldwin-Woodville 176, 8. Grantsburg 188, 9. Boyceville 236, 10. St. Croix Falls 247, 11. Clear Lake 280, 12. Webster 302, 13. Frederic/Luck 339.
Boys: 1. Elk Mound 37, 2. Prescott 107, 3. Clear Lake 121, 4. Amery 123, 5. Unity 145, 6. Glenwood City 152, 7. Boyceville 179, 8. Somerset 206, 9. Grantsburg 209, 10. Birchwood 216, 11. St. Croix Falls 278, 12. Baldwin-Woodville 287, 13. Webster 392.
On a cold and wet Saturday, the Bulldogs ran in Arcadia in a two-mile race. The course conditions were very wet so it was decided that all the races would be on the middle school course which is just two miles long.
The girls finished sixth out of ten teams in the small school division. Emma Gruenhagen was once again the lead Dawg as she finished the race in 12th place with a time of 13:58.1. She was followed by Naomi in 29th, Noelle in 44th, Haylee in 46th and Emma Chich in 61st.
Coach Day remarked that Emma ran just under seven minute pace for the two miles setting herself up for a great end to the season.
Savannah Schley of loyal was the girls’ winner in a time of 12:16.6.
With 105 racers in the small school division, Nathan Corr finished in the top ten in ninth place with a time of 11:14.8. Steven Rasmussen was next in the 15th spot followed by Kaiden Standaert in 21st, Brian Johnson in 24th and Cade Klefstad in 28th. There was a mere hundredth of a second separating the Chich brothers with Sam in 40th and Nathaniel in 41st.
Wesley Pronschinsk was the first boy to cross the line in the small school division with a time of 10:52.0.
As a team, the boys finished in second place for small schools behind Brookwood. They were fifth overall out of 18 teams.
“We beat two teams that beat us at Mondovi earlier this year,” commented Coach Day after the meet. “Going in I thought it would be a tall order to trophy so we did not talk about it much, so it was a nice surprise to finish out the regular season. The boys stepped up to the challenge and our top five were six minute pace or under for 2 miles. I am hoping we can hold on that extra mile the rest of the year at that pace. If we can the boys team just got a lot better!”
Arcadia Individual Results (2 miles)
Girls: 11. Gruenhagen 13:58.1, 29. Hillman 14:55.9, 44. N. Wheeldon 15:36.7, 46. Rasmussen 15:45.7,61. Chich 16:47.0, 72. Montgomery 18:18.7, 74. S. Wheeldon 18:40.4.
Boys: 9. Corr 11:14.8, 15. Rasmussen 11:32.6, 21. Standaert 11:43.4, 24. Johnson 11:51.6, 28. Klefstad 12:03.1, 40. S. Chich 12:51.1, 41. N. Chich 12:51.2, 80. 14:24.1.
Girls: 1. Brookwood 49, 2. Cochrane-Fountain City 53, 3. Chippewa Valley lightning Bolts 98, 4. Melrose-Mindoro 131, 5. Blair-Taylor 142, 6. Boyceville 157, 7. Independence/Gilmanton 169, 8. Providence 181, 9. Lincoln 214, 10. Necedah 227.
Boys: 1. Brookwood 74, 2. Boyceville 92, 3. Chippewa Valley Lightning Bolts 98, 4. Bangor 114, 5. Cochrane-Fountain City 115, 6. Augusta 120, 7. Blair-Taylor 196, 8. Necedah 215, 9. Hope Farm Academy 216, 10. Melrose-Mindoro 256, 11. Whitehall 297, 12. Lincoln 312.