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AMERY — Elk Mound’s final cross country meet prior to this week’s conference meet proved to be a successful one.
Running last Thursday, October 7 in an invitational at Amery High School, freshman Ellie Schiszik finished first out of nearly 100 runners while the boys’ team, with a pair of top ten finishes by juniors Ian Hazen and Aiden Schiferl, took third out of nearly a dozen schools.
Schiszik beat three other Amery freshmen by nearly 25 seconds to take home first place from the Amery meet. Schiszik completed the 5,000-meter race in 20:49.9, well ahead of runner-up Tasha Tiry (21:13.3) and third- and fourth-place finishers Alex Edwards (21:14.6) and Anna Gould(21:21.1) all of Amery.
Unfortunately, that did not translate to team success for the Lady Mounders as sophomore Marley King was the only other EM runner to finish in the top 50 taking 28th place in 23:53.4.
The girls finished in tenth with 198 points.
The Lady Mounders other four finishers were senior Lilly Tanula who placed 61st in 26:09.9, senior Kyra Hadenfeldt was 71st in 27:01.5, junior Aleya Hadenfeldt in 72nd with a time of 27:13.5 and sophomore Carly Mohr who took 76th in 27:52.9.
The host Warriors won the team title with a low score of 22 points while Prescott (95) and Baldwin-Woodville (124) were second and third, respectively.
Ian Hazen crossed the finish line in second place and Aiden Schiferl was tenth as the Elk Mound boys finished third with 79 points.
Hazen trucked around the Amery course in 17:14.9 to earn his silver-medal finish while Schiferl was timed in 18:10.2.
The third Elk Mound boys’ finisher was junior Trae Schaefer coming in 18th in 18:41.1.
Finishing the team’s scoring were sophomores Caleb Beskow and Tyler Gagner as they were 25th and 26th, respectively. Beskow crossed the finish in 19:17.6 with Gagner on his heels in 19:18.6.
Eight others also competed for the Mounder boys.
Senior Cason Pederson took 40th in 19:57.7, sophomore Jesse Moyer was 45th in 20:48.5, sophomore Bodie Folczyk came in 50th with a 21:07.1, followed by sophomore Cooper Rees and senior Carter Sundeen who were 51st and 52nd with times of 21:15.2 and 21:15.8, senior Walker Banaszak claimed 56th with a 21:22.1, junior Jackson Gehweiler was 62nd with a 21:38.9 and junior AJ Miller ran a 24:01.9 to finish 90th in the 100-boy field.
Granstburg senior Will Gerber was the boys’ medalist with a winning time of 16:46.9.
The Elk Mound teams will head to Mondovi for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet on Thursday. The Valley Golf Course will host the event which will begin at 4:15 p.m.