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Fennimore junior wins smalls schools individual title; lead Golden Eagles to team crown
Junior Isaac Henkel ran to the small schools individual title with a winning-time of 16:55.7 to lead the Fennimore boys to the team title at Saturday’s River Valley Blackhawk Invitational. - photo by John Linden photo

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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal / Fennimore Times / Boscobel Dial

Isaac Henkel, Jr., Fennimore boys cross country
SPRING GREEN — The Fennimore boys cross country team continued its winning streak at Saturday’s River Valley Blackhawk Invitational.

Junior Isaac Henkel beat the field of 104 runners to win the boys small schools division title with a winning time of 16:55.7 to lead the Fennimore boys to the small schools division team title.

Seniors Riley Foreyt (3rd, 17:10.6) and Carter Bunn (4th, 17:19.3) finished in the top four, and junior Ben Varela (7th, 17:52.8) and senior Nick Needham (8th, 17:53.0) also raced to top 10 finished in the small schools division to lead the Golden Eagles (23) to a dominant team win over SWAL rivals Boscobel (95), Albany (111) and Iowa–Grant (120). 

“It has been amazing to watch the boys race in their first few meets of the season,” said Fennimore head coach Ryanne Carl. “A few things are evident, they are strong, steady and confident. After the state meet last year, we spent a lot of time talking about how we got buried at the start of the race and then we just raced where we were. One of our focuses for the season is to get out to the front of the race and be in position and ready to respond.  

“It was clear on Saturday that the boys feel like they belong at the front. The entire pack did a great job of keying off of each other and working together through the entire race. They were patient and made moves at appropriate times which led to them scoring one of the lowest team scores in River Valley history.”  

“During the race, it was hard to tell who was going to pull away for the win, but Isaac made a move right after the two-mile and never looked back,” added Carl.  

The last Fennimore Eagle to win the River Valley invite was Ben Stuckey in 2007. 

HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Abe Amundson, Jr., QB, Prairie du Chein football
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Adele Berget, So., Darlington girls cross country
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Tyler Sasse, So., RB/DB, Platteville football
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