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COLFAX — The results of the second Dunn-St. Croix East Pod Cross Country race looked very similar to the first.
Held at Colfax High School for the second week in a row, Colfax sophomore Molly Heidorn won her second individual title by a wide margin. Heidorn’s time of 19:56.31 was nearly a minute and four seconds better than second-place finisher Kendall Hagness of Durand. As a team, Colfax finished just five points behind Durand in the race – 28 to 33. The Elk Mound girls were a distant third with 90 points at the September 15 meet.
Just like the first meet, the Mounder boys overwhelmed their competition from Durand, Colfax and Mondovi to win the meet as it had four top-ten finishes to win the meet with 32 points. Durand was second at 52 and Colfax was a close third with 55 points.
The East Pod teams – Colfax, Durand, Elk Mound, and Mondovi – will run again this Thursday, September 24 at the golf course in Durand and will then be in Mondovi next Tuesday, September 29.
Molly Heidorn continued to outshine her East Pod competition, as she trucked around her 5,000 meter home course in just under 20 minutes to win the individual title.
“Molly Heidorn continues to show she is one of the best in the area and state, she is super talented,” stated head coach Joe Doucette.
Teammates Jasmine Best and Ansley Olson ran to a pair of top five finishes helping the Viking gals finish in second place just five points behind team winner Durand. Best ran a 21:37.64 while Olson was clocked in 21:52.97.
Jaclyn Olson and Jaycey Bowe round out the varsity five. Jaclyn Olson came in 13th in 24:28.16 with Bowe just one spot back with a time of 25:20.37.
“Jasmine Best is a great kid and one of the school’s best athletes, great to see her run so well,” continued Doucette. “All the girls were good but Jaclyn Olson continues to improve all the time and talented freshman Jaycey Bowe, who was the middle school champion, is getting healthy.”
Jenna Goodell placed 17th (25:50.43) and Emilee Burcham-Scofield took 22nd (27:28.53).
On the boys’s side, senior Noah Heidorn again topped the Colfax finishers taking home fourth with a time of 18:54.67.
The Vikings’ Ashton Yarrington (19:50.06), Luke Blanchard (20:14.61) and Jadent Buchholz (20:59.12) were 10th, 11th, and 12th respectively. Mark Sonnentag ran a 23:11.72, good for 23rd place.
“For the boys they started faster than last time and faded some late,” noted Doucette. “But they were solid also. The conditions were not as good as the first meet. The boys have potential. We really like how hard they work. They improved a ton last year and I think they will again. After Noah Heidorn we think that Ashton Yarrington, Luke Blanchard, and Jadent Buchholz can give us a solid 2-4. We are excited to run again and keep improving.”
Overall, Doucette thought his teams took a step in the right direction.
“We have been working hard and knew we had some tired kids, but we were pleasantly surprised. We had a few kids tire out late but that was expected.”
Ian Hazen and Trae Schaefer finished second and third to lead the Elk Mound boys’ team to another East Pod cross country victory last Tuesday, September 15 at Colfax High School.
Hazen ran an 18:15.21 and Schaefer came across the finish line in 18:39.77 as the Mounders easily won the team title with 32 points.
Parker Schneider of Durand won the boys’ individual title in 15:59.41 as the Panthers nipped host Colfax for second place, 52 to 55.
Caleb Beskow (19:39.6) and Carter Sundeen (19:45.3) came in 8th and 9th for Elk Mound. Rounding out the top five for the Mounder boys was Avery Lauer (21:27.62) in 13th place. AJ Miller (21:34.35) and Jesse Moyer (21:39.57) took 14th and 15th respectively.
Other boys’ finishers were: Avery Anderson (17th), Jackson Gehweiler (18th), Cooper Reese (19th), Aiden Schiferl (20th), Brennen Zais (24th), Evan Lauer (25th), Tobey Westcott (26th) and Cason Pederson (27th).
Madisyn Mohr turned in the Lady Mounders’ best finish – a 15th-place showing after running a 25:47.25. Lilly Tanula was the next Mounders’ gal to cross the line taking 18th in 26:23.66 followed by Kyra Hadenfeldt (21st, 27:16.,48), Aleya Hadenfeldt (23rd, 27:53.87) and Baily Gilbertson (24th, 36:26.39).
The girls scored 90 points to take third.
Elk Mound’s Ellie Schiszek won the girls’ middle school 3,200 meters race in 12:23.44 and teammate Allie Robel placed second in 13:38.13. The Mounders’ Belle Kongshaug also placed 7th in 15:10.23.
Dane Hanson, Grady Larson, and Nels Tanula were 8th, 9th and 10th for the Mounder boys.
Theo Hovde of Colfax was the boys’ top middle school racer taking the win in 11:08.43 on his home course last Tuesday. Charli Charbonnaeu placed third (11:56.57) and Logan Swartz was 11th (15:18.91) for the Vikings.
Colfax’s top middle school girls’ finisher was Kaysen Goodell, who came in fifth with a time of 13:44.49.