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A pair of strong performances delivered by Bulldog harriers
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- photo by Wendi Stitzer

BOSCOBEL - On Tuesday, Oct. 4 the Boscobel Bulldogs’ cross country team hosted the 7th Annual Ryan Zimpel Memorial Invitational.

The varsity girls’ team, junior varsity boys, and junior varsity girls teams all earned the championship. The varsity boys’ finished as runner-ups. Also of note for the varsity girls’ team, they placed seven in the top 10 and eight in the top 13 overall.

“I was so impressed with the level of focus and the way they are stepping up in practice and races,” Coach Skyler Reynolds said of JV runners. “The middle school runners did a phenomenal job, as well.”

There were 10 teams competing in the high school races and 12 in the middle school races.

“The kids really get up for this meet on our home course. This is a really meaningful meet to our cross country team and family.,” said Coach Reynolds. “The Zimpels do so much for us and the kids want to do everything they can to say thanks. All around, it's always an awesome night. The course was in great shape, thanks to John Borzick, Joey Martin, Derek Zimpel, Doug and Pam Zimpel, and several others.”

“We really worked on staying packed up through 1.5 to 2.0 miles,” said the coach. “I was very excited with the way our runners attacked the uphills.”

Mackenzie Kauffman finished in first place in the girls’ varsity race with a time of 20:53.8, followed by Grace Glasbrenner in second (21:44.8), Sydney Haines in third (22:15.3), Faith Glasbrenner in fourth (22:52.5), and Olivia Dremsa in sixth (22:59.1).

For the girls junior varsity, Boscobel took the first five finishes, with Shawna Newton in first, followed by Alyssa Davis, Sadie Johnston, Allie Pickett, and Jayce Zimpel.

In the middle school competition, Ben Bohringer earned second overall in the boys’ race and Abri Brown earned second overall girls’ race.

At Riverdale

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Bulldogs traveled to Riverdale to compete in their 14-team invitational.

“We came away with a lot of improvement,” said Coach Reynolds. “It was more than just winning, but the way our kids are moving through races and closing gaps. They are starting to get into the type of shape where they can compete and make big moves during the middle/end of the race. We have a lot going for us, and should be a fun last few weeks. Back in August, it's tough to look down the road and trust we will be where we need to be in October. But here we are, and we're getting close to being there.”

The boys’ and girls’ varsity teams came away with first place.

Individually, Mackenzie Kauffman earned first in the varsity girls’ race (20:04.1), followed by Grace Glasbrenner in fourth (20:44.3), Sydney Haines in ninth (21:06.7), Olivia Dremsa in 11th (21:30.5), and Abbey Manning in 16th (21:44.6).

Jordan Molzof took third (17:32.7) in the boys’ race, followed by Jack Latham in sixth (17:59.6), Noah Toye in seventh (17:59.8), Dallas Marks in 11th (18:06.0), and David Martinez in 21st (18:38.7).

The middle school teams also had good performances, with the boys earning first and the girls second. The girls’ Abri Brown earned second overall in the girls’ race, and Evan Belz took sixth overall for the boys.

“It's fun to watch every member of our team contribute in their own ways,” said the coach. “There is no doubt in my mind, the younger kids are running like juniors and seniors. All they care about is doing this for each other and accomplishing "team" goals.”

Runners of the Week:

Boys: Jack Latham and Gage Updike

Girls: Olivia Dremsa and Grace Glasbrenner