CADOTT — The McDonell boys cross country team heated up in the cooler temperatures at Tuesday’s Cadott cross country invitational.
The Macks had four runners in the top-12 and all five of their scoring runners in the top-31 on their way to a team victory in the boys race.
Nick Zander and Grant Pulver finished second and third, respectively, to lead the way for the Macks. Zander finished with a time of 16 minutes, 30.41 seconds. Pulver was third, finishing in 16:48.46. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran’s Darin Lau won the race in 16:03.45. Sam Bleskachek was tenth, Kendall Dorn was 12th and John Polus was 31st for the Macks, who finished with 58 points, four ahead of Immanuel for the top spot. Stanley-Boyd was ninth with 187 points and Cadott was 11th with 236 points.
“Basically every guy had to run well for us to beat Immanuel and, to the guy, they did that,” McDonell coach Marty Bushland said. “So it was good. We knew Immanuel would be good.”
Stanley-Boyd’s Jeff Milas finished near the front, taking ninth place overall. His teammate Nathan Bauer was 13th. Cadott’s Luke Bell was the highest finishing Hornets boys runner, coming home in 23rd place. Cornell/Lake Holcombe’s Caleb White was 57th.
On the girls side, McDonell’s Lexi Raihle finished in third place with a time of 16:36.66, about 28 seconds behind race-winning Melody Becker of Liberty Christian.
“A lot of the girls ran their best times and certainly there were a lot of great efforts out there and that’s the most important thing,” Bushland said of his girls team.
The Stanley-Boyd duo of Kayla Milas and Paige Arnold ran strong as well, coming home in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Milas timed in at 16:50.06 and Arnold was close behind at 16:51.17. The Orioles trio of Angelina Kirckoff, Vanessa Milas and Ashley Lewallen were 12th, 24th and 26th.
“We ran real well,” Stanley-Boyd coach Travis Logslett said. “Paige Arnold ran 30-to-4o seconds faster than our last meet.”
Cornell/Lake Holcombe’s Lexi Moussette finished just in front of Kirckoff in 11th, Bianca Winter was 21st and Kayla Vavra was 25th. Cadott had a trio of runners finish take home top-30 finishes as Lauren Manier took 22nd, Samantha Rineck finished 27th and Aquila Glomski came home 30th.
As a team, Stanley-Boyd finished runner-up to Amery. The Orioles finished with 71 points, Amery won with 43. Cadott was fifth with 162, Cornell/Lake Holcombe ended up sixth with 182 and McDonell was ninth tallying 239 points.
Chi-Hi boys sixth, girls eighth at Hudson invite
At Hudson, the Chi-Hi boys cross country team took sixth and the girls took eighth at the Hudson invite.
For the boys, the duo of Quinn Miracle and Parker Lehmann finished in 24th and 25th place, respectively. Hudson’s Ryan Kromer won the race with a time of 16:03.4. Hudson also won the team title with a combined score of 42, finishing 18 points ahead of Forest Lake (Minn.) for the top spot.
Elli Daniels was the highest finishing girl for Chi-Hi on the day, coming home in 27th place with a time of 17:29.3. Megan Cihasky was 32nd. Rhianna Rinke of North Branch (Minn.) won the girls race with a time of 15:12.1. Hudson took the girls team championship with a total of 42 points.
Chi-Hi hosts an invite next Tuesday.
Bloomer girls third at Barron invite
At Barron, Cora Bruxvoort and Nicole Lanzer grabbed top-10 finishes to help lead the Bloomer girls cross country team to a third place finish at the Bloomer invite.
Bruxvoort finished in sixth place with a time of 16:08.0 and Lanzer was tenth, finishing in 16:35.9. Hayward’s Chelsea Tremblay won the meet with a time of 15:21.6. Paige Zeman was 16th and Elisabeth Anderson was 19th for Bloomer, who finished with 108 points. Rice Lake won the meet with 68.
On the boys side, Bloomer’s Clint Heinze was the top finisher for the Blackhawks, coming home in fifth place in 17:36.7. New Auburn’s Alex Vaughn was the highest finishing Trojan, he was 47th. Ashland’s Bryce Miller won the meet in 15:56.7.
As a team, Bloomer was 11th with 221 points and New Auburn was 13th with a score of 365. Unity won with 81 points.