RICE LAKE — McDonell senior Isaac Bohaty and Bloomer sophomore Emily Freagon each ran to victory on Tuesday afternoon in their respective small school races at the Rice Lake cross country invitational.
Bohaty won in 17 minutes, 18.2 seconds, more than 15 seconds in front of Elk Mound’s Cade Hanson (17:33.9) for the top spot while Freagon (20:40.3) was first by over a minute in front of Phillips’ Annikka Johnson (21:45.1).
Chi-Hi’s Katie Faris (second), Chi-Hi’s Bryce Daniels (third), Bloomer’s Alex Conrad (third) and McDonell’s Charlie Bleskachek (fourth) also finished near the front of their respective races to lead a strong contingent of Chippewa County athletes.
Conrad (17:39.9) and Bleskachek (17:52.0) weren’t far behind as the Macks and Blackhawks were first and fourth, respectively, in the team scoring. Joe Thaler (15th), Sean Craker (17th) and Peyton Tozer (17th) rounded out a balanced scoring effort for McDonell as the Macks scored 49 team points to finish in front of Elk Mound (87) and Phillips (101) for the top spot.
Bloomer was fourth with 115 points as Joe Lanzer (ninth), Cole Michaelsen (12th), Evan Simmerman (46th) and Jared Stoll (52nd) rounded out the scoring runners for the ‘Hawks.
Faris finished second to Hudson’s Rachel Ball with a time of 19:55.4 in the girls large school race and was joined in the top five by Ella Behling who finished fifth (20:36.5) as the Cardinals took fourth as a team with 108 points, two behind Hayward for third (106).
Maisie Wingert took 24th, Andrea Cihasky came home 36th and TJ Landwehr finished 45th for the Cardinals at Hudson (28 points) cruised to the victory with Menomonie (69) second.
McDonell’s Ellie Eckes (28th), Ann David (34th), Elise Bormann (41st), Anna Geissler (46th) and Alex Gaier (52nd) were the top finishers for the Macks as they were eighth as a team with 191 points. Bloomer’s Alana Helland (65th), Jamie Lyons (70th), Katie Klingbeil (77th) and Lilly Sterns (81st) were the other top finishers for the ‘Hawks as they were 12th as a team (264). Glenwood City won the small school girls team title with 63 points.
Chi-Hi’s Bryce Daniels had a strong showing in the large school boys race, running to a third-place finish in 17:27.3. Benjamin LeMay (24th), Hunter Sillman (34th), Noah Graffunder (44th) and Alan Fox (65th) were the other top finishers for the Cardinals who took seventh as a team with 165 points. Hudson won the boys title with 43 points while Ashland’s Maury Miller won the race (16:36.8).
Chi-Hi’s Coubal ties for fifth at Menomonie
At Menomonie, Kyra Coubal shot a 44 to tie for fifth place individually at a Big Rivers Conference event hosted at Tanglewood Greens Golf Course.
Coubal tied with Eau Claire North’s Tia Martin and River Falls’ Jacqueline Balsiger as the Cardinals were sixth as a team with a score of 197, five strokes behind third-place Eau Claire North (192).
Camryn Schaller shot a 48, Courtney Fisher carded a 49 and Abby Lindstrom finished with a 56 to round out the scorers for Chi-Hi.
Eau Claire Memorial’s Lexi Meade shot a 38 to earn medalist honors while the Old Abes (181) edged River Falls (182) for the team title.
Chi-Hi 2, Hudson 1
At Chi-Hi, the Cardinals scored a goal in each half to defeat Hudson in Big Rivers Conference play.
Mitchell Olson scored the opener for Chi-Hi in the 34th minute, and Lucas Connolly scored early in the second half.
The Cardinals (3-4-2) host Menomonie on Thursday night.
Marshfield 3, Chi-Hi 0
At Marshfield, the Cardinals fell in three sets to the Tigers (16-25, 26-28, 18-25).
Isabella Carani had eight kills and five blocks while Maddie Irwin had three kills and Caelan Givens and Megan Cole each added two.
Addy Bengtson had seven assists and Lydia Steinmetz chipped in with three. Bengtson and Lacey O'Donnell each served at 100 percent.
Bloomer 3, Ladysmith 0
At Bloomer, the Blackhawks worked quickly in a straight-set win over the Lumberjacks (25-11, 25-18, 25-21).
Grace Post led Bloomer with 11 kills while Jessica Barr added eight. Sidney Kostner had 21 assists, Kendall Zeman had a team-high three aces and Shaina Zwiefelhofer and Zeman had 13 and 12 digs, respectively.
Bruce 3, Cornell 2
At Cornell, the Red Raiders edged the Chiefs in an East Lakeland Conference matchup (26-24, 12-25, 25-20, 14-25, 6-15).
Alyssa Helland had 13 digs and Jolisa Vallejo added nine digs for Cornell. Bryanna Bonander had 15 digs, 12 assists and five kills while Erin Crowell had eight kills and four aces in the third set.
Lake Holcombe 3, Birchwood 0
At Holcombe, the Chieftains stayed unbeaten in East Lakeland Conference play with a straight-set win over the Bobcats (25-9, 25-10, 25-14).
Aubrey Meddaugh had a team-high seven kills for Lake Holcombe (4-4, 3-0) while Taylor Hartzell added four. Allison Golat-Hattamer had 11 assists and Carley Yeager had eight. Meddaugh led the team with 13 digs and 11 aces while Hartzell added 11 and Kirsten Larson had nine.