By Tricia Hill
Tradition continued on Saturday at Division 3 sectionals for the Boscobel cross country team as their boys’ team came home runner-up sectional finalist and will be continuing on to state. However, Keely Foley and Mackenzie Kauffman also earned a spot as individual state competitors in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Nov. 2.
“The sectional meet is a very tough one to describe,” said coach Skyler Reynolds. “Half of the kids are excited that they are heading to run at the state meet and the other half are heartbroken that they don’t get to go.”
Reynolds made it clear to his whole team that no matter what the outcome was on Saturday, he was proud of the way the kids represented Boscobel this season.
“The season is a journey and more than just what happens at one or two races, this is a special group and overall a huge success of a season,” Reynolds said.
After a long, hard season, it came to an end on Saturday for all of the varsity girls except for Kauffman and Foley. However, that does not mean that the girls not proceeding to state did not give it their all on Saturday.
For the most part Boscobel’s girls stuck to their usual routine and ran as a group.
Foley and Kauffman stuck together in the front, placing third and fourth overall respectively. Foley finished in a time of 15:57 and Kauffman in 16:11.
“Kauffman and Foley ran tough in a very good field to advance to the state meet,” Reynolds said.
Also coming in together were Rachel Davis (18:01), Sydney Haines (18:19), Molly Pegram (18:23) and Carli Haines (19:03).
“The kids stayed nice and calm, had a great week of practice leading into the sectional, and went out there and did the best they could,” Reynolds said.
The top four teams were Poynette (57), Darlington (75), Boscobel (89) and Pardeeville (104).
Boscobel’s boys knew if they wanted to go on to state they needed to perform as a team and pick up all the spots they could. Which is exactly what they did as they beat Albany’s varsity boys by one point 83 versus 82 to take the second place team spot for state.
“We knew going into the race that only a few points were going to determine the outcome, which made everything very intense,” Reynolds said.
Placing in the top ten for Boscobel were Dakota Kauffman in second place with a time of 16:45 and Logan Wacker in eighth place with a time of 17:29.
Placing outside of the top ten but helping with the win over Albany were Seth Laxton (18:34), Matthew Fritz (19:05), Jordan Molzof (19:05), Kyle Niesus (19:48) and Chandler Cashman (20:50).
“Coming off a difficult week of sicknesses and injury, the boys will continue to get stronger going into the state meet,” Reynolds said.
Top four teams competing at sectionals on Saturday were Darlington (42), Boscobel (82), Albany (83), Poynette (97).
The state meet will be held in Wisconsin Rapids at the Ridges Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Kauffman and Foley will be competeing at 11:30 a.m. and the Boscobel boys’ team will compete at 1:15 p.m.
“There were three-quarters of the top teams in the state in the boys and girls field and only two get to advance to the state meet,” Reynolds said. “That’s part of what makes it so exciting and meaningful.”