The Menomonie girls cross country team finished second of 10 teams at the MHS Relays on Saturday at Menomonie High School. Hudson won the race with five runners in the top six.

“The course was really challenging, but I thought our girls handled it well,” coach Craig Olson said. “We had two girls in the top 10, and four in the top 20. That’s a great showing against some really good teams.”

Tyra Boettcher led the girls’ team in eighth place at 20 minutes, 48.06 seconds with Grace Bilse just behind in ninth (20:52.5). Emily Schwartz crossed the line in 13th place (21:01.9) and Kaylynn Imsande completed the race in 19th place (21:26).

The Mustangs traveled to Rice Lake on Tuesday at the UW-Barron County Campus and return next Tuesday for the Hudson Raider Invite at Hudson Middle School.

Colfax girls place second at Knudtson Invite

On Saturday, the Viking girls took a second place finish out of 11 teams at the Knudtson Invite held in Fall Creek. Tomahawk won the invite with their top five finishers averaging a time of 23:27.8 while Colfax finished up with an average top five time of 25:05.7.

Coach Joe Doucette noted that the girls’ team was missing state medalist Erica Kallstrom and still took home the runner up trophy.

“There was more good than bad,” Doucette said. “Fall Creek is a tough course. The middle part can really take a lot out of you and the girls stayed with it. We are really trying hard to get in better shape and had a tough week workout wise, but for the most part, everybody hung in there well.”

Junior Hailey Prince led the way for the Vikings in 13th place with a time of 24:35.2. Freshmen Addisyn Olson followed in 17th (24:55.9) and Juelia Berger in 18th (25:11.5). Mackenzie Jansen came in 20th (25:22.1) while Jayna Bowe completed the race just behind in 21st (25:32.7).

The boys’ team finished in the middle of their pack in fifth place out of 12 teams. Luke Heidorn led the way, finishing 16th (19:28.4) with Trey Hovde not far behind in 18th place (19:32).

“Both teams know that our conference and sectional are loaded with good teams. For us to be in the mix we would have to improve tremendously,” Doucette said. “All we can do is work hard and focus on what we control.”

Boyceville also ran at the Knudtson Invite where the girls finished fourth and the boys finished seventh. Emily Voelker had a strong day, finishing 10th (24:06.7). Naomi Hillman followed in 16th (24:55.7) and Lauren Dominick crossed the line in 26th place (26:31.3).

Nathan Corr led the boys’ team in 23rd (19:55.6) and Steven Rasmussen finished 26th (20:11.4).

Both Boyceville and Colfax ran alongside Menomonie on Tuesday at an invitational at UW-Barron County Campus. Boyceville wraps up the week on Saturday at Osceola while Colfax runs again on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Griak Invitational.

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Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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