Senior Mason Johnson, Freshman Elijah DuMond, and Sophomore Luke Miller....the turbo charged trio! Photo by Martha Davis
Senior Mason Johnson, Freshman Elijah DuMond, and Sophomore Luke Miller....the turbo charged trio! Photo by Martha Davis

COLFAX, WI - For many runners, the season will end this Saturday at the WIAA Sectional meet in Boyceville, but for a possible few, the opportunity to advance to the state meet is a viable option. Two potential runners that may get that chance to advance are seniors Calvin Kotval and Julian Davis.

Both Kotval and Davis earned Dunn-St. Croix all-conference honors last week at the D-SC Conference meet at Whitetail Golf Course here last Thursday. They were part of the Cardinal boys’ team that took fourth place of seven teams in the meet, but just barely.

Durand, arguably one of the best teams in the state, took first place by taking five of the top seven spots in the race. The Panthers had 20 points as a team, followed by Elk Mound with 47 points, Colfax with 91, Spring Valley with 92, Glenwood City with 119, Boyceville with 129, and Mondovi with 211 points. Elmwood-Plum City did not have enough runners to field a full team for a score.

Isaac Wegner won the race for Durand with a time of 16:24, followed by Riley Radle of Durand (16:59), Cade Hanson of Elk Mound (17:03), Wesley Brantner of Durand (17:06), Kotval was fifth in 17:20 and Ely Bauer of Durand in 17:49 to round out the top six finishers and the first team all-conference runners.

Davis finished in 12th place overall, second for the Cardinals, for a second-team all-conference honor, with a time of 18:27.

“Both Calvin and Julian ran really well and have been cutting down their times over the course of the season,” said Head Coach Greg Dieckman. “To say they are peaking at the right time would be about right.”

Junior Cole Pelzel finished in 24th place overall in 19:21, just ahead of senior Nathan Hannack in 25th place (19:24) and sophomore Jon Corriea in 26th place in 19:34 to round out the scoring runners for the Cardinals.

Junior Ben Anderson finished in 28th place (19:54), senior Michael Laffin in 32nd (20:00), senior Blake Johnson finished in 48th place (21:27), senior Mason Johnson in 56th (22:47), freshman Elijah Dumond in 59th (23:00) and freshman Luke Miller in 60th place (23:05).

The Cardinal girls’ team finished in sixth place of six teams that scored in the race. Glenwood City won the team event with 27 points, followed by Elk Mound (56), Colfax (81), Durand (111), Boyceville (117) and Spring Valley (140).  Both E-PC and Mondovi did not have enough runners to field team scores.

E-PC’s Kassye Todd won the girls’ race with a time of 19:39. Glenwood City had six runners in the top 10 spots.

Senior Brianna O’Brien finished in 18th place with a time of 23:21 as the top finisher for the Cardinals. Katherine Dieckman, a sophomore, finished in 21st place with a time of 23:33. Maddy Olson, another sophomore, finished in 32nd place in 26:36. Sophomore Kari Hybben was the fourth Cardinal through the chutes in 34th place (27:35) and senior Tessa Cipriano rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals in 35th place with a time of 29:10. Junior Madison Maier was 36th (29:53),

The Cardinals run at the sectional meet on Saturday with the girls’ running first at 10:00 a.m. and the boys after that. The race will be at Tiffany Creek Elementary School in Boyceville.