Sophomore Katherine Dieckman runs like the wind at the Eleva Strum cross country meet. Photo by Martha Davis
Sophomore Katherine Dieckman runs like the wind at the Eleva Strum cross country meet. Photo by Martha Davis

ELEVA, WI – The high school cross country season is winding down with the D-SC conference meet Thursday in Colfax and the WIAA Sectional meet next week in Boyceville on Saturday, October 21.

Both boys’ and girls’ squads are getting ready for the final meets by posting some of their best times of the season, especially in Eleva last Thursday.

Amery Invite
The boys’ team continues to hit their stride as they finished fourth at the Amery Invitation out of 12 teams that scored in the meet. Osceola easily won the meet with 47 points in the team scoring. Prescott was second with 126 points with Valley just behind with 134 points. Unity was fourth with 145 points followed by Amery (152), Webster (153), Grantsburg (167), Glenwood City (186), Boyceville (205), Birchwood (239), Clear Lake (254), and St. Croix Falls (258).

Matthew Marcinske of Birchwood won the meet with a winning time of 18:16.

The Cardinals were led by senior Calvin Kotval with seventh place finish and a time of 19:06. Fellow seniors Julian Davis (19th in 20:01) and Nathan Hannack (34th in 21:05), were the second and third Cardinal runners through the chutes. Junior Cole Pelzel and sophomore Jon Corriea finished in 36th and 38th place with times of 21:11 and 21:18 respectively to round out the Cardinal runners. Also running for the Cardinals were sophomore Ben Anderson and senior Michael Laffin.

The Cardinal girls’ finished in ninth place of 10 teams that scored in the girls’ race. Osceola won the girls’ team scoring for the varsity sweep with 37 points. The Chieftains were 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).

The Cardinals were led by senior Brianna O’Brien, who came through the chute in 31st place with a time of 25:08. Sophomore Katherine Dieckman was just behind in 33rd place with a time of 25:21. Juniors Madison Jacobson and Madison Maier were through the chutes in 42nd (26:43) and 55th (28:41) for the Cardinals and senior Tessa Cipriano rounded out the Cardinal scoring in 59th place with a time of 30:28.

Lauren Ellefson of Osceola won the race with a time of 21:43, just a second ahead of Elmwood-Plum City’s Kassye Todd (21:44).

Eleva-Strum Invite
The boys’ team again had a good showing, finishing third behind Augusta (41) and Elk Mound (51) with 69 points. Black River Falls was fourth with 77 points, followed by Regis (161), Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran (176), Alma Center-Lincoln (193), and Mondovi (215). Thorp and hosts Eleva-Strum did not have enough runners to have team scores.

Cade Hanson of Elk Mound won the race with a winning time of 17:38. Kotval was third in the race with a time of 17:53 with Davis finishing seventh in 18:33. Hannack was 19th through the chute in 19:41 and Laffin was and Corriea finished in 21st and 22nd places respectiely with times of 19:45 and19:46.

The Cardinal girls’ team finished third of four teams that qualified for a team score with 72 points. Elk Mound won the girls’ race with 21 points followed by Black River Falls (65), Valley and Regis (77).

Dieckman led the Cardinals with a 9th place finish and a time of 23:58 with Jacobson coming through the chutes in 12th place (24:58). Maddy Olson was the third Cardinal through in 15th place in 25:39 followed by O’Brien (16th in 25:48) and Maier (20th in 26:39). Sophomore Kari Hybben (27:34) and Cipriano (27:49) also had good times.