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AMERY — The Mounder boys’ cross country squad found itself on top of the competition once again last Tuesday, October 8, as it won the Amery Invitational.
Their lady counterparts took a sixth-place finish for Elk Mound.
“It was a great day for a meet on Tuesday,” said the Mounders’ head coach Jeremiah Fredrickson. “The kids were ready to run and it showed. We had about 25 out of 40 runners with either a season or personal best, some by over a minute.”
Elk Mound’s boys finished with 37 points to take first place. Middle Border member Prescott took a second-place finish with 107 points. Taking first and second respectively for the girls were Glenwood City with 37 points and host Amery with 65.
Cade Hanson made his way across the finish line in second place behind Birchwood’s Matthew Marcinski. Hanson finished the race with a time of 16:56.26.
Finishing in sixth place for Elk Mound was Andrew Pathos with a time of 17:35.40.
The Mounders three and four runners finished within seven seconds of each other as Seth Hazen finished with a time of 17:41.48 and in eighth place, and Ian Hazen took ninth place with a time of 17:48.37.
Aiden Schiferl crossed the line in twelfth place to wrap up the scoring runners for Elk Mound with a time of 18:12.66.
Elk Mound had only two more boys running for them in Amery, Trae Schaefer and Brady Hunsnucker, who finished in fifteenth and thirty-fifth places respectively with times of 18:17.98 and 19:18.01.
“On the guy’s side they ran well, pushing each other and both the varsity and JV came away with wins against some good competition,” Fredrickson explained. “The freshmen are really coming into their own as the season rolls on, it is especially fun to watch as Seth Hazen, senior, continues to just hold off his freshmen brother Ian.”
As for the girls, Rosie Kaminski has been improving in strides as the freshman finished in twentieth place for the Mounders with a time of 22:59.35.
Olivia Schreiber and Aleya Hadenfeldt were next to cross for Elk Mound in twenty-seventh and forty-second place with times of 23:30.77 and 24:15.61.
Kyra Hadenfeldt and Taya Schaefer were the last two athletes to score points for Elk Mound as they finished within three seconds of each other with times of 24:18.41 and 24:21.88 for forty-third and forty-fifth place.
“The ladies are getting healthier and stronger,” said Fredrickson. “Aleya Hadenfeldt had an amazing day as she learns how to race instead of just run a 5K.”
Elk Mound would have two more runners finish the 5,000 meter race as Laney Moyer finished in fifty-sixth place with a time of 25:02.03 and Amber Best finished in sixty-second place with a time of 25:30.65.
“This sets up for what should be a wonderful conference day next week, and hopefully a springboard into sectionals,” Fredrickson commented.
The Mounder athletes will take the time to practice and get ready for the conference tournament that will be held in Spring Valley on Thursday, October 17, followed by sectionals in Colby on Saturday, October 26.
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.
Results: 2. Cade Hanson 16:56.26, 6. Andrew Pathos 17:35.40, 8. Seth Hazen 17:41.48, 9. Ian Hazen 17:48.37, 12. Aiden Schiferl 18:12.66, 15. Trae Schaefer 18:17.98, 35. Brady Hunsnucker 19:18.01.
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.
20. Rosie Kaminski 22:59.35, 27. Olivia Schreiber 23:30.77, 42. Aleya Hadenfeldt 24:15.61, 43. Kyra Hadenfeldt 24:18.41, 45. Taya Schaefer 24:21.88, 56. Laney Moyer 25:02.03, 62. Amber Best 25:30.65.