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While the most recent Dunn-St. Croix East Pod cross country meet did not produce any surprises – the Elk Mound boys and Durand girls won their third consecutive titles in as many weeks – the Colfax boys’ and girls’ team had their best meets of the season according to head coach Joe Doucette as each finished second in their respective races.
Jeremiah Fredrickson’s Mounder boys continued to dominant, scoring first place once again with a low of 32 points as they placed four runners in the top nine and the fifth came in 12th in the meet held last Thursday, September 24 at Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand. Colfax scored 45 points behind top-ten finishes by Noah Heidorn, Jadent Buchholz and Ashton Yarrington. Host Durand came in third with a 49.
On the ladies’ side, Durand won the meet with a 24 after grabbing seven of the top ten individual spots. Colfax sophomore Molly Heidorn copped her third straight individual meet title while Ansley Olson and Jasmine Best crossed the finish line in fifth and sixth places to give the Viking girls a second place showing with 35 points.
The East Pod raced in Mondovi yesterday (September 29) and will compete next Monday, October 5th at Whitetail Golf Course. The conference championship is slated for Thursday, October 15 back at Rolling Greens in Durand.
The Elk Mound boys were led by underclassmen in the Durand meet.
Sophomore Ian Hazen was a second-place finisher once more taking the silver in 18:39.8, more than two minutes behind champion Parker Schneider, a Durand junior who ran a 16:17.6. Another sophomore, Trae Schaefer, placed fourth for Elk Mound after running the 5,000-meter course in 18:58.8. Just one place behind in fifth was freshman teammate Caleb Beskow with a time of 19:22.3.
Junior Carter Sundeen was the fourth Mounder boy to finish taking ninth in 20:17.3 while sophomores Aiden Schiferl and Avery Anderson were 12th and 13th respectively in nearly identical times of 20:37.1 and 20:37.3. AJ Miller, another sophomore, was the seventh EM runner in, taking 15th in 21:10.1.
Also finishing for the Mounders were Jesse Moyer (FR, 18th), Cooper Reese (FR, 19th), Avery Lauer (SR, 20th), Evan Lauer (FR, 21st), Jackson Gehweiler (SO, 23rd), Cason Pederson (JR, 24th), Will King (JR, 26th) an Tobey Westcott (SO, 27th).
The Elk Mound girls had just four runners competing in Durand. Freshman Marley King had the top finish, placing 16th in 25:47.2. Juniors Kyra Hadenfeldt took 19th place in 26:43.4 and Olivia Schreiber finished 21st with a time of 27:10.9 and sophomore Aleya Hadenfeldt came in 23rd with a time of 28:21.1.
Molly Heidorn ran away with the girls’ individual title once again!
Heidorn clocked the course in 20:13.0 for a one minute and six second advantage over runner-up Kendall Hagness of Durand.
“Molly is one of the best around, but she has to keep improving,” stated Doucette. “ We see the same teams all year until the conference meet.”
Sophomore Ansley Olson and junior Jasmine Best finished within three seconds of each other taking sixth and seventh respectively with times of 23:08 and 23:11.
“The girls used a pack run in the 2-5 spots behind Molly,” noted Coach Doucette. “We were using some team work to help our 4 and 5 runners and it helped.”
“Jaclyn Olson and Jaycey Bowe had very good races,” added Doucette.
Olson, a senior, placed 12th in 24:30.7 while freshman Bowe came in 13th at 24:48.0.
Junior Jenna Goodell ran a 26:37.9 to place 17th and fellow junior Emilee Burcham-Scofield took 22nd with a time of 27:41.0.
“The boys ran very well led by Noah Heidorn,” stated Doucette.
The coach also gave kudos to sophomore Jadent Buchholz who has been running hurt.
Noah Heidorn finished third overall after turning in a time of 18:52.7. Buchholz placed seventh in 19:51.7.
Fellow sophomore Ashton Yarrington was just one place back, taking home eighth place in 20:16.2.
Junior Luke Blanchard just missed a top ten finish placing 11th in a time of 20:25.7.
Colfax’s fifth and final runner, sophomore Mark Sonnentag, ran to a 22nd place finish with a time of 22:13.9.
“The boys have a small team with no margin for error,” Doucette noted. “But we really like how they are improving.”
Theo Hovde and Charlie Charbonnaeu placed second and third in the middle school boys’ race of 3,100 meters. Hovde ran in a time of 12:12.3 with Charbonnaeu coming in eight seconds later with a time of 12:20.0.
Logan Swartz and Tristan Larson placed 10th and 11th for Colfax.
Kaysen Goodell topped the Vikings’ girls middle school runner taking fourth in 14:02.8. Janica Larson was seventh (15:17.5) and Rayna Keltner placed 15th (17:50.5).
The Elk Mound girls middle school squad took second with 33 points just two points shy of top finisher Durand who tallied 31.
Elk Mound’s Ellie Schiszek and Allie Robel won first and second respectively in the girls’ middle school race. Schiszek won with a time of 12:21.7 with Robel crossing the line in 13:28.9 for the silver.
Belle Kongshaug, Gabi Amble and Kaelyn Zais finished seventh, tenth and 13th. Morgan Jackson took 18th.
For the Elk Mound middle school boys’ team, Grady Larson’s ninth place finish set the pace. Dane Hanson came in 12th, Nels Tanula was 14th and Keason Seyller took 16th.