BOYCEVILLE, WI - The weather all of last week was beautiful, but when it came time to run the WIAA Sectional Cross Country Meet in Boyceville on Saturday morning, it was a storm brewing.

The cold and rain left no runners without mud on them, and for the Spring Valley teams unfortunately, it was all they could take away.

The Cardinal boys’ team finished in seventh place of 18 teams competing. McDonnel Central won the team scoring with 66 points and Augusta finished in second place with 85 points, edging out Dunn-St. Croix rival Elk Mound’s 96 points. Only the top two teams advance to the WIAA State Championship this Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran was fourth with 122 points, followed by Colfax (192), Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (215), Spring Valley (217), Glenwood City (223), Cameron (266), Regis (283), Boyceville (286), Fall Creek (293), Clear Lake (297), Stanley-Boyd (319), St. Croix Falls (358), Cadott (383), Lake Holcombe/Cornell (439), and New Auburn (547).

The Cardinals top finishers were seniors Calvin Kotval and Julian Davis, who finished in 19th and 20th place with times of 18:45 and 18:51 respectively. Junior Cole Pelzel finished in 43rd place with a time of 19:55 and senior Nathan Hannack was the fourth Cardinal runner through the chutes in 64th place with a time of 20:49. Sophomore Jon Corriea rounded out the Cardinal scoring, by coming across the line in 71st place in 21:09. Junior Ben Anderson finished in 86th place (22:06) and senior Blake Johnson was 93rd (22:49) for the Cardinals as well. There were 123 total runners in the race, not all of them qualified for team scores.

Only the top five individual runners not on the qualifying teams, advance to run at the State Meet. Dan Lau of Eau Claire Immanuel won the race in 17:18. Also qualifying were Josh Halverson of Cameron (2nd place, 17:25), Zach Yengo of Regis (3rd in 17:30), Cade Hanson of Elk Mound (4th, 17:38), and Austin Karow of Immanuel (5th, 17:57).

The Cardinal girls’ finished in 13th place of 14 teams. D-SC rival Glenwood City won the sectional meet with 55 points, followed by Cameron with 73, to advance to the State Meet. Elk Mound was third with 80 points, followed by McDonell Central (128), Colfax (156), Fall Creek (178), St. Croix Falls (191), Boyceville (231), Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (241), Clear lake (253), Regis (255), Cadott (273), Spring Valley (310) and Prairie Farm (343).

Elmwood-Plum City senior Kassye Todd won the race with a time of 20:16 and Falon Immormino of Thorp/Gilman was second with a time of 20:38. Also qualifying individually were Alan Plaszcz of Elk Mound (3rd, 20:54), Erica Kallstrom of Colfax, (4th, 21:20) and Orianna Lebal of Lake Holcombe/Cornell (5th, 21:20).

Sophomore Katherine Dieckman was the first Cardinal finisher, coming through the chutes in 36h place in 24:05. Senior Brianna O’Brien was 44th in 24:34. Madison Maier, a junior, finished 73rd in 28:25, followed by sophomore Kari Hybben in 75th (28:45) and senior Tessa Cipriano (82nd, 31:38) to round out the Cardinal runners. The girls’ race was run in more extreme conditions than the boys’ race as it was raining during their race.