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Bulldogs earn fifths at Wausau meet
Jack Latham Wendi Stitzer
BULLDOG JUNIOR Jack Latham competes at the Wausau invitation last Saturday. - photo by Wendi Stitzer

BOSCOBEL - The Boscobel cross country team traveled to the 60th annual Wausau "Bill Smiley" Invitational on Saturday.  The meet hosts 57 teams ranging from Division 1 to Division 3, 32 of which the Bulldogs competed against in the Division 2 & 3 field. 

Out of the 16 Division 3 teams, the girls competed against six of the top nine ranked teams in the state.  The girls finished in fifth place ahead of fifth ranked Iola-Scandanavia and seventh ranked Pacelli. 

"It was a solid race from the girls,” said coach Skyler Reynolds. “I really liked the way we got out and went after it aggressively.  I think the start may have hurt us in the final mile, but we were in the hunt to win through two miles and then fell back. That is the way we want to race.  You can tell we are making really steady progress and sooner than later we will finish that third mile and be where we want to be."

The boys competed against three of the top six teams in the state finishing in 5th place. 

"The boys are really making progress every practice and meet.,” said Coach Reynolds. “They are hungry and really want to be good.  I appreciate them being so patient and understanding that instant success is not how this works.  With five freshmen among our top eight runners, we have a really high ceiling for improvement over the next month.  Many of these guys haven't raced before this year, and are starting to pick things up quickly.  We are lucky to have Noah, Jordan, and Jack up front to guide them along."

"Overall, the trip to Wausau was highly successful,” continued the coach. “We saw improvement on the course, and gained a ton of chemistry by spending time together as a team."

Meet results:

Girls: 7th place: Mackenzie Kauffman, 7th, 20:32; Grace Glassbrenner, 30th, 21:56; Sydney Haines, 53rd, 22:41; Abbey Manning, 68th, 23:01; and Olivia Dremsa, 72nd, 23:11

Boys: 11th place: Jordan Molzof, 7th, 17:34; Jack Latham, 42nd, 18:31; Noah Toye, 69th, 19:03; David Martinez, 95th, 19:39; and Brennen Carlin, 121, 20:27