Seniors Julian Davis (left) and Nathan Hannack look relaxed and happy at the start of the start of the boys race. Photo by Martha Davis
Seniors Julian Davis (left) and Nathan Hannack look relaxed and happy at the start of the start of the boys race. Photo by Martha Davis

SPRING VALLEY, WI - Home cooking is nice for the Cardinals as both teams had numerous runners set personal records last week in the home race.

Amery Invite - The Cardinal boys’ team finished third of 12 scoring teams at the Amery Invite this past Tuesday. Four more teams had runners compete, but no team scores.

Osceola won the boys’ team scoring with 47 points, far outpacing second place team Prescott’s 126. Valley was third with 134 points followed by Unity (145), Amery (152), Webster (153), Grantsburg (167), Glenwood City (186), Boyceville (205), Birchwood (239), Clear Lake (254) and St. Croix Falls (258). Flambeau, Elmwood-Plum City, Frederic and Prairie Farm also had runners.

Matthew Marcinske of Birchwood won the boys’ race with a finishing time of 18:15. The Cardinals were led by senior Calvin Kotval, who finished in seventh place in the race, in 19:06. Fellow senior Julian Davis came through the chutes in 19th place (20:01) and senior Nathan Hannack finished in 34th (21:05). Junior Cole Pelzel was fourth in for the Cardinals as he came through in 36th place in 21:11 and sophomore Jon Corriea was 38th in 21:18 to round out the Cardinal scoring runners.

The girls’ team finished ninth of 15 teams, though five teams did not have enough runners to field a score. Winning the race was Osceola with 37 points, followed by Glenwood City (58), Prescott (89), Amery (98), St. Croix Falls (145), Boyceville (192), Webster (193), Clear Lake (207), Spring Valley (220) and Prairie Farm (250). E-PC, Frederic, Birchwood, Grantsburg and Flambeau all had runners in the field.

Osceola’s Lauren Ellefson edged out E-PC’s Kassye Todd to take first place by just one second  the race, 21:43 to 21:44. The Cardinals’ top finisher was senior Brianna O’Brien in 31st place in 25:08. Sophomore Katherine Dieckman was just behind her in 33rd place in 25:21. Junior Madison Jacobson finished in 42nd (26:43) and Madison Maier, also a junior, finished in 55th place (28:41). Senior Tessa Cipriano finished in 59th to round out the Cardinal scoring in 30:28.

Spring Valley Invite - The boys’ team finished in second place of seven teams, behind Durand’s 17 points and five of the top six runners.

The Cardinal boys’ finished in second place with 64 points, followed by Glenwood City (83), Ellsworth (88), Clear Lake (115), Boyceville (115) and Elmwood (no team score).

Durand’s Isaac Wegner won the race in 17:38. Kotval finished fourth in the race, surrounded by runners from Durand, with a time of 18:16. Davis was seventh through the chutes in 18:51 and Hannack was 12th in 19:41. Pelzel finished in 18th place in 20:15 and Michael Laffin was 24th in 20:40 to round out the Cardinal scoring.

The girls’ team finished in fourth place of seven teams. Glenwood City won the race with 22 points, followed by Ellsworth (42), Boyceville (96), Valley (103), Clear Lake (103) with Elmwood and Durand finishing with no team scores.

O’Brien was the top finisher for the Cardinals, finishing in 13th place in 23:51. Dieckman finished in 18th place in 24:32. Jacobson was 29th in the race in 26:29, followed by Maddie Olson in 38th in 27:37. Maier rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals, crossing the chute line in 42nd place in 29:09.

“We had a lot of personal records on the day,” said Head Coach Greg Dieckman. “That is always nice to do on your home course.”

The girls’ race was won by E-PC’s Todd with a time of 20:55.

The Cardinals next run at Eleva-Strum today and will run at the D-SC Conference Tournament next Thursday at Colfax. The WIAA Sectional Meet is at Boyceville on Saturday, October 21.