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MONDOVI — Another Dunn-St. Croix east pod cross country race and yet another title for Colfax’s Molly Heidorn and the Elk Mound boys’ team.
The Mounder boys, with four runners in the top six and all five varsity competitors in the first ten, won their fourth east pod competition in as many tries taking home the team title with a score of 26 points, easily beating runner-up Durand, who scored 50, and third-place Colfax with 52 points at the Valley Golf Course in Mondovi last Tuesday, September 29.
Vikings’ sophomore phenom Molly Heidorn also captured her fourth straight individual crown as she won yet another conference race by a minute. Colfax also had top-ten finishes by junior Jasmine Best and freshman Jaycey Bowe but it wasn’t enough to overtake Durand for the team gold. The Lady Panthers held off the Vikings challenge to win 24 to 34. Mondovi and Elk Mound had just three and two girls respectively compete in the race.
Elk Mound and Colfax closed out the conference regular season at Whitetail Golf Course this past Monday, October 5. The conference meet is slated for Thursday, October 15 in Durand.
Jeremiah Fredrickson’s male Mounders captured four of the top six finishes in last Tuesday’s east pod cross country meet in Mondovi to easily win its fourth consecutive D-SC race.
Sophomores Ian Hazen and Aidan Schiferl came across the finish line in almost identical times. Hazen finished in 18:54.2 to place second while Schiferl placed third in a time of 18:54.8.
With just Colfax’s Noah Heidorn separating the top four Mounder runners, sophomore Trae Schaefer and Caleb Beskow were the next Elk Mound boys to complete the 5,000-meter course at the Valley Golf Course. Schaefer finished fifth in 19:43.6 while Beskow was one place and less than a second behind taking sixth in 19:44.2.
Carter Sundeen completed the varsity scoring by taking tenth with a time of 20:00.6.
Several other Mounder runners followed. Avery Anderson, a sophomore, took 12th in 20:41.6; Jess Moyer and AJ Miller, a sophomore and freshman, placed 15th and 16th in times of 21:27.7 and 21:30.7; coming in 19th and 20th respectively were sophomore Jackson Gehweiler (21:48.6) and freshman Cooper Reese (22:08.3); Cason Pederson (22:46.3) and Will King (23:15.9), a pair of juniors, were 22nd and 23rd; and sophomore Tobey Westcott (24:16.6) and junior Walker (24:59.2) Banaszak placed 25th and 26th.
Elk Mound had just two girls compete in Mondovi.
Freshman Marley King finished in tenth place with a 24:48.1 and junior Kyra Hedenfeldt was 14th in 26:29.5.
Molly Heidorn “continued to shine” as head coach Joe Doucette commented following the conclusion of the girls’ race.
Heidorn beat her nearest competitor, Kendall Hagness of Durand, by one minute to claim victory in the Mondovi race. The Colfax sophomore ran a 20:33.0 compared to a 21:33.9 by Hagness.
“She is super talented but also super prepared,” noted Doucette of Molly Heidorn. “She works extremely hard and is a great teammate.”
Freshman Jaycey Bowe also provided another race highlight for the Lady Vikes turning in her best performance of the season. Bowe ran a 23:59.4 to take eighth place.
“She (Bowe) has battled injuries but hung in there for us and is starting to get in good shape,” stated Doucette.
Jasmine Best was Colfax’s second girls to cross the finish line taking a fifth place in 23:00.5.
Rounding out the top five for the ladies were Jaclyn Olson, who placed 12th in 25:23.6, and Jenna Goodell, who ran 26:36.1 to finish 15th. Emilee Scofield-Burcham was 17th in 28:03.2
Aynsley Olson did not compete in Mondovi.
On the boys’ side, senior Noah Heidorn once again led the Vikings by placing fourth overall with a time of 19:09.1.
Sophomore Jadent Buchholz and junior Luke Blanchard placed ninth and 11th respectively. Buchholz ran a 19:57.6 while Blanchard crossed the line in 20:20.7. Doucette complimented both boys for having nice races.
Ashton Yarrington and newcomer Jarod Loew completed the varsity’s top five. Yarrington, a sophomore, placed 14th with a 21:04.1 while Loew, a junior, came in with a 21:32.2, good for 17th place.
Sophomore Mark Sonnentag placed 21st with a time of 22:40.2.
Doucette said that his boys continue to work hard and are improving with each race.
Elk Mound won the girls’ middle school race with 19 points as Allie Schiszek placed first and Allie Robel was second.
Schiszek ran the 3,200-meter course in a time of 14:47.7 with Robel turning in a time of 15:56.2.
Belle Kongshaug placed fourth for the Mounders in 17:35.7; Gabi Amble was sixth in 19:55.7 and Kaelyn Zais and Morgan Jackson were ninth and tenth with respective times of 20:28.7 and 21:28.9.
The Mounder middle school boys finished second with 31 points. Mondovi won with 24.
Dane Hanson was the top Mounder finisher taking fifth in 16:58.4 followed by Nels Tanula was seventh om 17:33.9 and Grady Larson took ninth in 18:06.1. Dalton Banaszak and Keason Seyller placed 12th and 13th in 19:18.6 and 19:22.3.
For Colfax’s middle school boys, Charlie Charbonneau led four Vikings runners to the line as he won the individual race in a time of 14:14.4, just two-tenths of a second ahead of Carson Haas of Mondovi.
Kaysen Goodell was fourth for Colfax in 16:01.7, Zac Ingram was eighth in 17:36.5 and Tristan Larson took tenth in 19:03.4.
Colfax had just two middle school girls compete. Janica Larson took fifth in 17:48.9 and Rayna Keltner placed eighth in 20:28.7.