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COLBY — Elk Mound’s Ian Hazen posted an impressive finish in his first-ever state cross country meet.
The Mounder sophomore, who has led the boys’ team all season and was the school’s lone state representative, finished in 23rd place at the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Championships held last Saturday, October 31 at Colby High School.
Due to COVID-19, the state championships were divided into three separate locations (Division 1 ran at Arrowhead High School and Division 3 in West Salem). Each location had three running sessions, each of which included four teams and 10 individual state qualifiers. After all three sessions were completed, all of the runners’ times were “married together” and the team and individual winners were determined.
With temperatures in the 30s and a biting wind, Hazen competed in the first of three state sessions that began shortly after 10 a.m. last Saturday. Hazen ran the 5,000 meter state course at Colby in a time of 17:18.92. That time placed Hazen 23rd in a field of 113 runners.
Hazen’s finishing time was nearly one minute and 32 seconds off the winning pace of Edgewood senior Leo Richardson, who won the 2020 Division 2 state gold medal in a time of 15:47.05. Richardson’s time was over 44 seconds faster than that of state runner-up and fellow senior Hunter Krepline of Brillon (16:31.15).
La Crosse Aquinas captured the boys’ team state title with 96 points, while Kiel copped the silver trophy and second with 108 points. Winneconne took the girls state championship with 76 points, while Osceola was a distant second with 119. Southwestern junior Kayci Martensen was the girls’ individual state titlist in a time of 18:09.29.