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SPRING VALLEY — With just a single event on their respective racing dockets last week, the Colfax and Elk Mound cross country teams finished out the month of September running in the Spring Valley Invitational.
Running together for much of the race, the Colfax girls placed second in the 10-school meet that was held Thursday, September 30 at Spring Valley High School and featured schools from the Dunn-St. Croix and Middle Border Conferences. The Viking boys took sixth.
Meanwhile, junior Ian Hazen placed third and freshman Ellie Schiszik finished fourth to pace the Elk Mound boys’ and girls’ squads to finishes of fourth and seventh places, respectively.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, Elk Mound will tune up for the October 14 Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet in Mondovi by running in the Amery Invitational this Thursday. Colfax’s final race before conference is set for this Saturday, October 9 in an invite at Eau Claire South Middle School.
The Viking girls set a steady pace in Spring Valley last Thursday as the top five Colfax runners all finished between tenth and 25th place in a field that had 79 competitors.
Freshman Kaysen Goodell was the first Colfax girl to cross the finish line taking home tenth place in a time of 23:13.5.
Junior Aynsley Olson and senior Jasmine Best were the next to complete their 5,000 meter runs finishing 18th and 20th, respectively. Olson turned in a time of 24:32.2 and Best trucked across just six seconds later in 24:29.2.
Rounding out the team scoring for the girls were Molly Heidorn coming in 24th with a 24:58.9 and Jaycey Bowe was 25th with a time of 24:58.3.
Senior Jenna Goodell ran a 27:14.2 to finish in 42nd place.
The Viking girls finished with 92 points, a distant second to Durand who claimed the team title with a low score of 33. Glenwood City, led by girls’ victor senior Bella Simmons (21:24.6), placed third just three points behind Colfax.
The Viking gentlemen had five runners compete in Spring Valley and therefore were able to compete in the team competition taking home a sixth place showing with 155 points.
Junior Jadent Buchholz was the top finisher for the Colfax boys taking 11th in 19:28.8.
Fellow classmate Ashton Yarrington came in 20th after running a 20:38.
Senior Jarod Loew was 36th with sophomore Mark Sonnentag placing 38th. Loew finished in 21:34.3 while Sonnentag had a 21:47.1.
Freshman Logan Swartz was the final boys’ runner taking 69th in a time of 24:54.
Host Spring Valley won the boys’ championship with 49 points, Glenwood City took second with a 65, and Ellsworth was third after tallying 75 points. Defending D-SC and state champion Parker Schneider, a Durand senior, topped the boys’ race in a time of 16:46.0.
Ian Hazen finished the course at Spring Valley High School in a time of 17:55.0 to earn third place among a field of 87 runners and lead the Mounder boys to a fourth-place showing with 92 points.
Fellow junior Trae Schaefer ran a 19:35.8 to place 12th. Sophomore Caleb Beskow was the next Mounder boy to finish, taking 20th in 20:43.6.
Elk Mound’s fourth and fifth runners were sophomores Tyler Gagner with a 21:01.8 to take 27th and Jesse Moyer was 30th in 21:21.9.
Also competing for the Mounder boys were: senior Cason Pederson (32nd, 21:24), sophomore Cooper Reese (37th, 21:39.9), sophomore Bodie Folczyk (41st, 21:51.6), senior Walker Banaszak (43rd, 22:07.6), senior Carter Sundeen (44th, 22:12.4), junior Jackson Gehweiler (54th, 23:00.2), sophomore Evan Lauer (58th, 23:31.4), junior AJ Miller (64th, 24:11.8), junior Tobey Westcott (67th, 24:30.8), and Nels Tanula (81st, 28:22.1).
Freshman Ellie Schiszik was the first Elk Mound girl to finish taking a solid fourth place in a time of 22:17.2. That helped the Mounders finish in seventh place with 157 points.
Sophomores Marley King and Madisyn Mohr were the next Mounder finishers taking 33rd and 36th, respectively, with times of 25:51.5 and 26:14.9.
Three Elk Mound girls finished in the 50s. Senior Lilly Tanula was 52nd in 28:19.2, sophomore Carly Mohr placed 55th in 28:48.6, and senior Olivia Schrieber took 59th with a 29:05.4.
Junior Aleya Hadenfeldt was the final Lady Mounder to cross the finish taking 70th in a time of 30:30.9.