The Spring Valley boys team showing their loot after the Mondovi meet. Photo by Martha Davis
The Spring Valley boys team showing their loot after the Mondovi meet. Photo by Martha Davis

PRESCOTT, WI - Not only did the Spring Valley cross country team battle the course at the Prescott Invitational here last week, they also battled the elements. More specifically, they battled the heat and humidity.

The heat and humidity won.

The top runners for both the boys’ and girls’ squads dropped from the race due to the heat and while the boys’ team still had enough runners to qualify for a team score, the girls’ squad was already depleted that only four runners competed and only three finished.

The girls’ race was won  by Olivia Moll of St. Croix Central with a time of 20:30. Senior Brianna O’brien was the top finisher for the Cardinals with a 26th place finish in 24:28. Junior Madison Maier finished in 50th place in 29:30 and sophomore Kari Hybben was 53rd in 30:54. Sophomore Katherine Dieckman dropped from the race due to the heat.

New Richmond won the team scoring with 23 points, edging out St. Croix Central’s 34 points in second place. Prescott was third with 79 and River Falls had 120 points. Spring Valley, Baldwin-Woodville, Cannon Falls (MN) and Elmwood-Plum City had runners compete, but not enough runners to earn team scores.

The boys’ race was won by Prescott’s Cody Hauenstein with a winning time of 17:46. Valley’s top finisher was senior Julian Davis, who came through the chute in 14th place in 19:56. Sophomore Jon Corriea came through in 20th place with a time of 20:40, just ahead of teammate Nate Hannack in 25th place in 20:50. Junior Cole Pelzel was 34th across the finish line in 21:31 and fellow junior Ben Anderson was 41st through the chute in 21:51 to round out the Cardinals’ scoring runners.

Michael Laffin (51st in 22:41), Mason Johnson (62nd in 23:39), Luke Miller (71st in 24:38), Blake Johnson (82nd in 26:05) and Elijah Dumond (89th in 27:41) also ran hard in the race.

New Richmond won the team score with 36 points, followed by SCC (50), Prescott (67), Spring Valley (121), River Falls (142), Cannon Falls (158) and Baldwin-Woodville (176). Elmwood-Plum City did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score.

The Cardinals ran at Mondovi this past Tuesday and will run at Colfax on Monday before hosting their invitational on Thursday, September 28.