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EAU CLAIRE — In their lone competition of the week and the final preparation prior to Thursday’s Dunn-St. Croix meet in Mondovi, Colfax’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams traveled to Eau Claire’s South Middle School Saturday morning, October 9 to run in the annual Old Abe Invitational.
In one of their best races of the year, the Lady Vikings finished second in the small school division and ninth overall out of 18 complete teams with 224 points.
Despite running a solid race themselves, Colfax’s boys placed last taking 16th place with 407 points.
Junior Molly Heidorn led the charge for the girls’ squad finishing ninth with a time of 20:06.2.
“Molly Heidorn is one of the best we have ever had,” stated head coach Joe Doucette. “She medaled in a great field despite not quite being full strength.”
Doucette also praised the efforts of junior Aynsley Olson and senior Jasmine Best.
The coach said that Olson “is impressive and every year just gets better” and that Best “leads by example and is one of the school’s best athletes and toughest kids”.
Olson finished in 32nd place after crossing the finish line in 21:43.4. Best ran a 22:05.8 to finish in 40th.
Coming across fourth for the girls was freshman Kaysen Goodell, taking 60th in 22:59.1, while sophomore Jaycey Bowe rounded out the scoring by placing 87th in 24:45.3.
Senior Jenna Goodell was the final Vikings’ girl to finish grabbing 102nd in the 121-runner field with a time of 26:26.4.
Although the boys were able to field five runners, the minimum needed to compete as a team, they were still missing a few of its competitors in Eau Claire.
“We just cannot field a full team,” noted Doucette of his boys’ team. “We have always had someone hurt. We were really excited to see the boys run today but ended up missing two of our top guys. “
Junior Ashton Yarrington was the top finisher for Colfax in the boys’ race taking home 47th in a time of 18:43.8.
Senior Luke Blanchard was next to finish, coming in with a time of 19:44.2 for 82nd.
Fellow senior Jarod Loew was 91st in 20:31.5 and was followed by junior Mark Sonnentag in 95th with a time of 20:59.1 and freshman Logan Swartz who ran a 23:08.0 to take 118th out of 124 runners.
Menomonie won the girls’ title with 55 points and was led by individual titlist Isabella Jacobsen. The senior finished in 18:04.7. Chippewa Falls’ senior Lukas Wagner won the boys’ race in 16:15.9 while New Richmond took the team trophy with 193 points.
The conference meet will be held at Mondovi’s Valley Golf Course this Thursday, October 14 with racing set to begin at 4:15 p.m.