BOSCOBEL - The fog lifted right before the meet began and it was a perfect morning to race for the Bulldogs as they attended the cross country meet at Riverdale on Saturday, Oct. 10.
There were 13 teams competing - Boscobel, Cashton, Fennimore, Hillsboro, Kickapoo, North Crawford, Prairie Du Chien, Reedsburg, Richland Center, Riverdale, River Valley, Southwestern, and Wauzeka-Stueben.
On the boys’ side, Boscobel’s junior varsity raced to a first place finish with 21 points. Gideon Dalton was the junior varsity champion with a run time of 19.54.6. Other top five finishers included: Tyson Mayne in third, Tyler Waterman in fourth, and Daniel Lejman in fifth. They ran by far their best race of the season.
The varsity boys were champions with 45 points, placing six runners in the top 20. Dakota Kauffman was the champion in 16:00. Seth Laxton placed eighth with 17:27; Jordan Molzof finished ninth with 17:47.3; Noah Toye came in 11th with 17.52.3; Kota Kull was 16th with 18:30.7; and Jack Latham was 20th with 18:48.2.
“We were happy running four boys under 18 minutes and staying so close together,” said coach Skyler Reynolds. “The boys had a solid race and it was a great chance for us to get ready for the conference meet on Thursday.”
The junior varsity girls finished in second place. Top five finishers included Allie Pickett in fourth place and Leah Bloedow in fifth.
The girls ran smart and finished the race strong, according to Reynolds.
The varsity girls took the championship with 36 points.
“We thought the girls followed the race plan really well and this helped our girls make a nice jump as a team,” said Reynolds.
Mackenzie Kauffman was the first place finisher with a run time of 19:10. Abbey Manning placed sixth with 21:05.6; Faith Glasbrenner was seventh with 21:11.9; Molly Pegram took ninth in 21:17.6; Rachel Davis placed 13th in 21:41.4; Leah Wacker was 17th with 22:11.2; and Sydney Haines placed 19th with 22:18.8.
“After having a 10-day break before Tuesday’s meet at home, we really seemed to look sharp again,” Reynolds said. “We still have some things to work on, but the kids are really starting to show that their hard work is paying off.”
Alyssa Davis, an alternate on last year’s state team, has been attending all practices and meets, though unable to compete this year, noted Reynolds.
“We have been running this year without Alyssa Davis who was looking to make a big impact this year after a great summer of training, but she has been unable to run because of an injury,” Reynolds said. “I am so proud of her for her contributions as an incredible support and motivator for the team. Alyssa is such an important person to our team, but it is great to see what she brings to the team when she is unable to race because of her injury.”
The Bulldogs travel to Darlington for the conference meet today, Thursday, Oct. 15.
The Boscobel Bulldogs Cross Country Taco Supper fundraiser is on Friday night from 4-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children. The event is an important fundraiser for the team and they hope to see you there!