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Despite being a bit short-handed due to COVID-related issues, Boyceville’s cross country teams pushed forward and competed in large Invitational meets in Rice Lake and Osceola last week.
While the Lady Bulldogs were able to fill out their team for both meets, the boys, however, had only four runners available for the Saturday, September 18 Osceola Invitational after fielding five in Rice Lake Tuesday.
The Bulldogs are also slated to compete in another pair of meets this week including a run in Mondovi yesterday and a meet in Durand on Thursday, September 23.
Rice Lake Invitational
Boyceville boys’ and girls’ teams each had a complement of five runners so both finished with scores in a field of 26 schools at the Rice Lake Invite held on the UW-Eau Claire/Barron County campus September 14.
The girls finished seventh in the small school competition and 24th overall with 596 points while the boys’ team took eighth among the small schools and was 26th with a tally of 806.
Sophomore Jaden Stevens had the top finish among all Boyceville competitors at Rice Lake. Stevens was 14th against her small-school competitors and 68th overall in a time of 23:27.70.
Junior Haylie Rasmussen came in 17th (82nd overall) in 23:58.42.
Rounding out the field for the Lady Bulldogs were: Lauren Becker, 45th (159th) in 28:49.85; Shiloh Wheeldon, 46th (160th), 28:53.75; and Rachel Montgomery, 55th (174th) in 30:59.10.
Senior Brian Johnson led Boyceville’s five boys taking 48th (152nd) in a time of 21:46.09.
Just over a minute later freshman Michael Montgomery crossed the finish line in 22:54.96 to take 53rd (166th).
Three more freshman runners followed. Caleb Olson ran a 25:08.89 for 60th (183rd), Aiden Madison place 62nd (191st) in 28:19.72, and Dominic Anderson finished in 28:49.79 to place 64th (192rd).
Both races featured 26 complete teams with Osceola taking the boys’ team title with 92 points while the girls’ championship went to Menomonie with a score of 52. Seniors Quinn McDonald of Osceola won the boys’ individual title in 16:23.43 and Isabella Jacobsen from Menomonie topped the girls’ field with a time of 18:07.34.
Boyceville ran well in Osceola last Saturday according to head coach Jacob Peterson.
“We relaxed the first mile, as it was rolling hills and then pushed it the last two miles,” the coach said.
The strategy resulted in nearly every Boyceville runner finishing with a personal best for the season. Peterson said some of his charges even had career bests.
The Lady Bulldogs, who came in 13th place out of 14 teams with 326 points, were once again led by Jaden Stevens. She took 29th in 23:18.1.
Haylie Rasmussen finished some 30 seconds later with a 23:49.3 for 42nd. Lauren Becker took 115th in 28:23.5 while juniors Shiloh Wheeldon and Rachel Montgomery were 139th and 150th, respectively, in times of 30:27.8 and 22:48.6.
Brian Johnson ran eight seconds faster in Osceola that he had in Rice Lake four days earlier to finish 113th in 21:38.6.
Michael Montgomery was 134th in a time of 22:32.3, Dominic Anderson came in 182nd with a 27:20.5, and Aidan Madison completed his run in 27:28.3 to place 184th.
With only four runners, the boys did not receive a team score.
Led by winner Quinn McDonald (16:43.7), Osceola claimed the boys’ title with 83 points. Mahtomedi, MN took home the girls trophy with a 62 while Minnehaha (MN) Academy freshman Greta Gesik was the girls’ individual champ in 19:59.7. 187 boys and 153 girls competed in Osceola.