NORTH CRAWFORD - The Trojan Cross Country Team competed at Boscobel’s Ryan Zimpel Meet on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Spring Green’s River Valley Meet on Saturday, Sept. 14. Lots of spectators were out at both meets, as the weather was warm and dry.
Seventeen schools competed at the Ryan Zimpel meet. The North Crawford girl’s team placed ninth. Helen Carstens took the title of 2019 Girls Champion with her first place finish ahead of Boscobel’s Abri Brown by 34 seconds. Helen ran a time of 21:00.3, giving her a pace of 6:46 per mile on one of the hilliest courses of the season. Running second on the team was Kloee Chamberlain at 27:23, with Emily Schmidt close behind with a 27:44. Also scoring for the girl’s varsity team was Lindsey Groom (32:19) and Annie O’Brien (36:04). Non-scoring runners rounding out the varsity team were Katie Schellhorn (36:06) and Sonja Bangert (38:05).
Leading the boys team was Liam O’Brien with a time of 24:05, over two minutes faster than his previous best at Boscobel in 2018. Second on the team was Carlos Lopez with a time of 24:11. Also scoring for the boys team was Sven Vale (26:41), Cordel Tyler (27:53), Dylan Heisz (31:09). Also competing for the Trojans were Viktor Sapunov (31:32) and Marco Esparza (34:55). The boys team finished 14th.
Nineteen schools competed in the small school division at the River Valley Invitational. Helen Carstens ran a 20:22, finishing third in the small school division with the fifth fastest time among large and small schools (380 girls). The second Trojan finisher Emma Schmidt ran a 26:42, about a minute faster than her 5K time earlier in the week. Also improving her time by over four minutes was Trojan runner Lindsey Groom finishing in 27:56, her personal record. Annie O’Brien finished over five minutes faster than her previous run earlier in the week with a personal record of 30:49. Also finishing well with a two minute faster time was Sonja Bangert (35:34).
Running strong for the Trojans boys team was Liam O’Brien running a 22:31. Finishing second on the team was Sven Vale with a 24:27, followed closely by Carlos Lopez with a time of 24:36. Also finishing for the boys team was Dylan Heisz (28:32) and Marco Esparza (30:00).
North Crawford Cross Country Head Coach Liz Bransky was pleased to see that most runners are finishing with faster times just two weeks into the season.
“When a student-athlete puts out the effort to run their best it really encourages the other runners, and shows that we are heading in the right direction as a team," Bransky said.The Trojans will be competing next week at the Westby Invitational, Tuesday, Sept. 24 and at the Reedsburg Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 28.