SPRING GREEN - A freshman is emerging as the leader of the Boscobel girls' cross-country team. Keely Foley won the Small Schools portion of Saturday's River Valley Invitational meet by 18 seconds over her closest competitor, helping propel the Bulldogs to second place in the team standings.
Foley wasn't the only Bulldog to have a strong race, as Samantha Wilcox finished sixth and Shelby Davis was 11th.
"It's very nice to have a strong core of runners up front," said Boscobel coach Skyler Reynolds. "The girls did a nice job following the race plan, and we will continue to improve as a whole."
Girls take second
Boscobel totaled 92 points to finish second to Darlington's 62. Individually, however, Foley ran a blistering 15:45 to best all runners.
Wilcox ran a time of 16:24, while Davis hit the finish line at 16:35. Brady Borowski was 30th (17:27) and Autumn Moret, another freshman, placed fifth (17:58).
"We have a fairly young group of runners that are still learning how to race," said Reynolds. "That's the exciting part, because you know they are going to continue to rapidly get better."
In Boscobel's wake were Viroqua 95; New Glarus-Monticello 107; Westby 168; Hillsboro 180; New Lisbon 259; Lancaster 264; Brookwood 270; Pecatonica/Argyle 282; Hilbert 288; Iowa-Grant/Highland 295; Gibraltar 315; Belleville 333; Palmyra-Eagle 347; Riverdale 402; and Fennimore 405.
Tough boys field
As for the Boscobel boys, they went up against a strong field at River Valley and placed fourth as a team.
Ryan Mindham led the way for the Bulldogs, placing ninth in a time of 17:33. Bunching up nicely were Eric Mindham, Logan Wacker and Cameron Cashman, who placed 22nd, 23rd and 25th, respectively.
Wacker and Eric Mindham ran times of 18:13, with Cashman finishing in 18:22. Nate Boughton was Boscobel's fifth scoring runner, turning in a time of 18:50.
"The times were pretty good," said Reynolds, "and we are ahead of where we were last year. Our pack was pretty close, and we moved up some from a week ago."
Darlington won the meet with 35 points, followed by New Glarus-Monticello (76) and Viroqua (110). Behind Boscobel were: Albany 183; Hilbert 192; Westby 205; Hillsboro 218; Lancaster 240; Brookwood 261; Fennimore 277; Belleville 296; Iowa Grant/Highland 302; Catholic Central 361; and Gibraltar 369.
"Number one ranked Darlington (Div. 3) won the meet, New Glarus-Monticello (Div. 2), ranked 11th, was second and Viroqua, three points ahead of us, ranked 10th (Div. 2) were the teams that beat us," said Reynolds. "I think we could have raced farther up and faster, but I am happy with where we finished."