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SPRING VALLEY — For a second consecutive year, the Elk Mound boys cross country team can call itself the Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions!
The Mounder boys successfully defended the title it won for the first time a season ago. They easily outdistancing the competition at the conference meet held last Thursday afternoon, October 17 under sunny skies at Spring Valley High School.
The Elk Mound boys tallied a winning low score of just 21 points to handily beat runner-up and host Spring Valley by 51 points. The Cardinals 72 points was a dozen points better than third-place Glenwood City.
“It was a wonderful conference meet for the Mounders,” said head coach Jeremiah Fredrickson.
With the best score that a team can post being 15, the Mounders finished just outside of that with some of their runners finishing within one-tenth of a second.
“The men’s team performance was nothing short of amazing,” explained Fredrickson. “They have worked extremely hard this season and off season to get to where they are at and it showed with their performances. They have put themselves in a great position going into sectionals next weekend. Having seven on the all-conference team was the icing on the cake.”
Senior Cade Hanson led the way for Elk Mound as he finished in second place with a time of 17:48.1, which was 28 seconds slower than first-place finisher Parker Schneider (17:20.6) of Durand.
Sophomore Lukas Wagner finished just nine seconds after Hanson to place third overall with a time of 17:57.1.
Next to finish for Elk Mound were freshman Ian Hazen and senior Andrew Pathos who had just one-tenth of a second separating them with times of 17:58.6 and 17:58.7 for fourth and fifth place respectively.
Yet another of the Mounders’ seniors, Seth Hazen, rounded out the harriers that scored points for Elk Mound with a seventh-place finish after posting a time of 18:10.8.
“The women ran well and nearly everyone of them improved from the previous Spring Valley meet (the previous week). While they didn’t do as well as they had hoped, they raced their hearts out,” said coach Fredrickson.
The Mounder girls finished fifth out of six complete teams with 111 points. They were led by senior Kristin Martinson who was the first to cross the finish line for the Mounders girls taking18th place in a time of 23:14.4.
Freshman Rosie Kaminski and sophomore Kyra Hadenfeldt finished the tough Spring Valley course with four seconds separating the pair. Kaminsky finished in 24:20.3 and Hadenfeldt clocked the 5,000 meter course in 24:24.8 to take 24th and 25th positions respectively.
Wrapping up the points for Elk Mound gals were freshman Aleya Hadenfeldt in 29th and a time of 24:35.8 and senior Taya Schaefer in 30th place with a time of 25:05.01.
Sophomore Olivia Schrieber was 42nd in 26:11.5 while senior Laney Moyer placed 45th in a time of 26:16.1. Sophomores Lilly Tanula and Amber Best came in 55th and 56th with times of 27:33.5 and 27:34.1. Senior Kayli Solberg was 60th with a time of 29:28.8.
The Glenwood City girls claimed their fourth D-SC championship in six years with a score of 26 to best runner-up Durand who tallied a 44.
The Mounders will be competing in the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet in Colby this Saturday morning, October 26. Racing will begin at 11:30 a.m. The top two teams along with the first five individual runners from non-qualifying teams will advance to the state cross country meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, November 2.
Boys’ Team Results: 1. Elk Mound 21, 2. Spring Valley 72, 3. Glenwood City 84, 4. Boyceville 105, 5. Durand 117, 6. Colfax 147, 7. Mondovi 188.
Boys Individual Results: 2. Cade Hanson 17:48.1, 3. Lukas Wagner 17:57.1, 4. Ian Hazen 17:58.6, 5. Andrew Pathos 17:58.7, 7. Seth Hazen 18:10.8, 11. Aiden Schiferl 18:33.3, 14. Trae Schaefer 18:42.3, 29. Brady Hunsnucker 20:10.6, 30. Walker Banaszak.
Girls Team Results: 1. Glenwood City 26, 2. Durand 44, 3. Colfax 83, 4. Spring Valley 107, 5. Elk Mound 111, 6. Boyceville 146.
Girls Individual Results: 18. Kristin Martinson 23:14.4, 24. Rosie Kaminski 24:20.3, 25. Kyra Hadenfeldt 24:24.8, 29. Aleya Hadenfeldt 24:35.8, 30. Taya Schaefer 25:05.01,42. Olivia Schrieber 26:11.5, 45. Laney Moyer 26:16.1, 55. Lilly Tanula 27:33.5, 56. Amber Best 27:34.1, 60. Kayli Solberg 29:28.8.