Junior Madison Maier (left) and freshman Maddy Olson goose it at the Colfax cross country meet. Photo by Martha Davis
Junior Madison Maier (left) and freshman Maddy Olson goose it at the Colfax cross country meet. Photo by Martha Davis

COLFAX, WI – It’s hard to believe that weather can still play a factor in cross country meets this late in September,but last week’s heat and humidity certainly did, especially at a tough, hilly, Mondovi course.

Regardless of that, the boys’ team is beginning to show signs of hitting a good stride as they took second place in Mondovi.

Mondovi Invite
Calvin Kotval finished second in the race to Melrose-Mindoro’s Colton Stone. Stone was across the line in 18:44, while Kotval had a 19:19 finishing time. Julian Davis was across in 20:29 (eighth place) and Cole Pelzel was 10th in 20:59. John Corriea was through in 12th place overall in 21:25 and Nate Hannack and Michael Laffin came across the line in 16th and 17th place with times of 22:03 and 22:24 respectively.

Blake Johnson finished in 24:59.

Cochran-Fountain City won the team scoring event with 34 points, narrowly edging out the Cardinals 39 points. Blair-Taylor followed Valley with 60 points followed by Elk Mound (120), Mondovi (129), and Whitehall (132). Melrose-Mindoro and Independence-Gilmanton didn’t have enough runners to field team scores.

The Cardinal girls’ team finished in fourth place of eight teams with C-FC taking first place with 28 points, followed by Melrose-Mindoro (45), Blair-Taylor (83), Spring Valley (91), Elk Mound (111), and Mondovi, Whitehall and Ind.-Gil all had teams without enough runners.

Cassidy Kabus of Ind.-Gil won the race with a time of 22:19. Brianna O’brien finished seventh for the Cardinals top spot in 24:41 and Katherine Dieckman was ninth across the line in 25:19. Madison Maier was 29th through the chutes in 31:07 while Kari Hybben was 31st (32.20) and Tessa Cipriano was 34th in 33:38 to round out the Cardinal scoring.

Colfax Pre-DSC meet
The boys’ team again had a good showing, taking third place in the meet. Top team honors went to Durand with 25 points as they continue to look like a state caliber team. Elk Mound was second with 44 points followed by the Cardinals with 76, Colfax with 92, Glenwood City (116), and Boyceville (138).

Isaac Wegner of Durand finished first in the race in 17:05. Kotval was fifth across the line in 18:10 to lead the Valley contingent. Davis came through in 12th place (19:03) while Pelzel was 18th (19:39), Hannack 19th (19:48), Corriea 22nd (19:59) and Laffin 23rd (20:03). Ben Anderson (39th in 21:33) and Blake Johnson (40th in 21:43) also ran in the event.

“All of our boys times are dropping well as we go through the season,” said Head Coach Greg Dieckman. “I think we are hitting our timing right.”

The girls’ team finished in sixth place with Glenwood City taking top honors in the conference race with 48 points, followed by Elk Mound (50), Colfax (81), Boyceville (102), Durand (112) and Valley (122). Emwood-Plum City didn’t have enough runners to field a team score, but E-PC’s Kassye Todd won the event with a first place time of 20:57, a full minute better than the second place finisher.

The Cardinals were led by O’brien with a time of 23:29, good for 10th place. Dieckman was 14th in 23:58 with Maier (42nd in 27:39), Hybben (45th in 28:57) and Cipriano (48th in 29:43) rounding out the scoring for the Cardinals.

Valley hosts their own Invitational today at the Spring Valley Middle/High School course on school property, and will run next Tuesday at Amery as well as Eleva Strum on Thursday, October 5th.