Runners feel the heat in St. Croix Central cross country invitiationalSweltering heat might have slowed the runners, but it sure wasn’t going to stop them in the 2011 St. Croix Central Cross Country Invitational last Thursday.
By: Dave Newman, New Richmond News
Sweltering heat might have slowed the runners, but it sure wasn’t going to stop them in the 2011 St. Croix Central Cross Country Invitational last Thursday.
With temperatures topping 90 degrees and heavy humidity, coaches were being cautious with their runners. Several runners were pulled out during the races because coaches feared their athletes were being overcome by the heat.
Prescott was the team champion in the boys race with Spring Valley taking the girls meet title. They both had the meet champions, with Breanna Colbensen of Spring Valley winning by more than a minute and Prescott’s Cole Hauenstein winning by 30 seconds.
The best finish among the local teams was the third place performance by the St. Croix Central boys. There were 15 schools entered in the meet. Somerset’s boys ranked 12th. In the girls half of the meet, Somerset placed eighth and St. Croix Central ended in 10th.
The third place finish by the St. Croix Central boys was further indication of the possibilities the Panthers possess.
“They’ve got a long way to go, but the pieces are there,” said St. Croix Central coach Bill Emery.
Seniors Stephen Brunshidle and Alex Halvorson continue to establish themselves as lead runners. Brunshidle was seventh overall, but he was the first runner among the seven Dunn-St. Croix Conference runners to finish. Brunshidle was 20 seconds out of second place.
Halvorson wasn’t far behind, finishing 12th. Brett Briggs ran 20th, Logan Nelson 31st and Andrew Skala 35th as the Panther top five.
Somerset’s boys were running without lead runner Jake Wishard. Senior Tyler Kampsula took over as the lead runner, finishing 20th. Junior Josh Verdeja placed 52nd. Emmitt Foster was 10 seconds behind him in 56th place.
Both local girls teams had top 10 finishers. Somerset senior Tia Belter held steady to third place throughout their race. St. Croix Central sophomore Courtney Kramer made a nice move up in the pack to finish in 10th place.
Both teams had substantial gaps between their first and second runners. Central may soon be able to bridge that gap. Sophomore Hope Hoolihan, the team’s second runner last year, was able to start Thursday’s race, but Emery pulled her out after a mile. She’s coming back from a leg injury and Emery said her leg was hurting a bit, so he took the precaution of ending her race.
Emery said the next step for the younger girls on the team is to get over their insecurities and push themselves harder in races.
Somerset and St. Croix Central will both return to action this Thursday, when they run in the New Richmond invitational.
2011 St. Croix Central invitational
Boys Team Scores: Prescott 74, St. Croix Falls 96, St. Croix Central 104, Colfax 117, Boyceville 144, Amery 149, Glenwood City 185, Elk Mound 191, Osceola 196, Durand 231, Spring Valley 276, Somerset 290, Baldwin-Woodville 314
St. Croix Central finishes
7. Stephen Brunshidle 18:44; 11. Alex Halvorson 19:12; 20. Brett Briggs 20:15; 31. Logan Nelson 20:59; 35. Andrew Skala 21:14; 49. Tyler Johnson 22:10; 57. Nathan Bringgold 22:35
30. Tyler Kampsula 20:58; 52. Josh Verdeja 2:24; 56. Emmitt Foster 22:34; 70. Austin Headlee 23:21; 89. Alex Meyer 25:23
Girls Team Scores:
Spring Valley 51, Baldwin-Woodville 79, Mondovi 109, Colfax 143, Glenwood City 164, Osceola 168, Amery 173, Somerset 183, St. Croix Falls 227, St. Croix Central 228, Prescott 230, Elk Mound 249
3. Tia Belter 17:48; 34. Sarah Brown 19:22; 41. Grace Becher 19:48; 59. Carrie Kulibert 20:40; 64. Sara Henry 21:01; 69. Kaylin Peterson 21:16; 79. Yosselyn Moncada 22:44
St. Croix Central finishes
10. Courtney Kramer 18:30; 37. Lauren Moll 19:44; 65. Ella Scott 221:04; 68. McKenzy Johnson 21:11; 73. Abbie Webb 21:37