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Boscobel runners win Fennimore Relays
Hannah Toye cruises to the finish line in Saturday's Fennimore Relays. - photo by Peter Lindblad

It's a different kind of meet, the Fennimore Relays.
But, the odd format didn't faze either the Boscobel boys or girls cross country teams, as both won their divisions on Saturday.
The big story, again, was freshman Keely Foley, who won the girls individual meet in course record time, running at 15:35.
"The girls did a nice job of following their race plans and worked very hard on the challenging course," said Bulldogs coach Skyler Reynolds. "They work so hard at staying packed up and working together in meets and practices, so it's a completely different feeling for them being in individual races. They were competitive but are stronger when they are together."
In the latest Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Division 3 standings, both the Boscobel boys and girls are ranked fourth. The Bulldogs' SWAL rivals Darlington are first in the boys standings and second in the girls Division 3 rankings.
The Vince Lease Eagle Relays are held at Fennimore High School. In a relay event, the runners do not go out as a pack as they do in a regular meet.
Instead, each team sends out an individual runner to go up against other runners in their group. For example, each team has a seventh runner and all of the seventh runners are sent out to race at one time. Then, it's the sixth runners, the fifth runners and so on.
The Bulldogs went above and beyond the call to win the unusual event.
Totaling 86:19, Boscobel turned back Hillsboro to win the Small School Division portion of the race.
No matter the division, Foley was better than everybody, with her course record time.
But, Foley had help in lifting Boscobel to the team title. Like Foley did in the first runner competition, Samantha Wilcox took first in the second runner race, running a 16:45 to win by 20 seconds.
As the Bulldogs' sixth runner, Lachen Esters took second in that race, finishing in 18:32.
Other Boscobel competitors included: Hannah Toye, who placed fifth in the seventh runner competition (19:06); Autumn Moret, who was fourth in the fifth runner race (18:10); Shelby Davis, who was fifth in the 3rd runner race (17:31); and Brady Borowski, who placed seventh in the fourth runner competition (18:18).
Trailing Boscobel in the Small School Division team standings were: Hillsboro, 90:47; Belleville, 95:38; Fennimore, 98:21; and Fall Creek, 98:39.
Boscobel finished in the top 3 of five of the seven runner categories to place first as a team.
"The boys did a good job of following their race plans and charging the hills," said Reynolds. "When you are racing in an individual race, you have no clue where you are overall, so you just have to race the clock. We are improving, even though each week we have progressively raced on more challenging courses."
Jon Frazier, running in the fourth runner position, took second in a time of 18:40 for Boscobel's highest finish.
In the competitive first runner category, Ryan Mindham placed third, running a 17:21, while Eric Mindham took third in the third runner division, turning in a time of 18:08.
Other competitors for Boscobel included: Zach Mindham, fifth in the seventh runner position (19:44); Nate Boughton, third in the fifth runner category (19:03); Cameron Cashman, third in the fourth runner division (18:45); and Logan Wacker, sixth in the second runner category (18:18).
"The course is very challenging, so times are irrelevant when comparing them to other courses," said Reynolds. "Looking at things like our overall spread, places in races, and how hard runners are competing is more important to me than anything."
On Saturday, Boscobel competes in the Platteville Invitational.