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Somerset runners take second in B-W Invitational

Two second place finishes were the result for the Somerset cross country team in its 2003 season-opening meet, the Baldwin-Woodville Invitational last Tuesday.

The meet was held at the Hammond Golf Club.

Somerset was led by a rock-solid performance from senior Whitney Langer. She took charge of the girls race from the starting gun and never let go of the lead, winning the race in 17:10.

Spartan coach Diane Belter was trying to convince Langer to have the confidence to run with the top runners in every meet. She's hoping this win goes a long way towards giving Langer the confidence she was lacking.

Next up for the Spartan girls was Emily Witzmann, who took fourth place. Katie Rivard was 17th and Britany Haukom 20th.

Belter said she was pleased to see Rivard as the third Spartan runner.

"That's what I'm hoping to see every doggone meet from her. She is one who will not give up or settle."

Belter said she was also pleased with the efforts of Christi Schmitt in the girls race.

There were several boys who drew praise from Belter for their efforts in the race. David Baillargeon led that group, and Matt Hanzlik and David Wenzel also got recognition for their efforts from Belter. Baillargeon was Somerset's top finisher, running one of his best races to place sixth overall.

"David ran his second really good race in a row," Belter said.

The next meet for the Spartans will be next Tuesday, when they compete in the Rice Lake Invitational.

St. Croix Central runners

There were plenty of bright notes coming from the Panther runners, making their 2003 debut in this meet.

As expected, Scott Ramberg and Mark Sanders proved to be a top quality 1-2 tandem for the Panther boys. Ramberg took third place and Sanders finished tenth in the meet.

The Panther boys showed that they could be a strong team this season, too. Sophomore Tom Redmon and freshmen Josh Manore and Andrew Califf were all running in their first high school meet. They all showed they have potential to move the Panthers up higher in the team competition than they've been in past seasons.

Redmon was quite a surprise, moving up to take 22nd in the meet. Manore, Califf and Derek Raebel showed they can compete to make the score for the top five even better.

"I'm looking forward to later on in the season when we have some more miles under our belts," said Central coach Missy Brown.

The Panther girls were led by freshman Alex Tuchel. She has looked strong in pre-season practices and she proved to be just as strong in her first varsity race, placing 16th.

Brown said that Rachel Phillips, who placed 32nd, also ran quite well for her first varsity meet.

The Panthers will be back in action this Thursday, when they run in a meet at Glenwood City. The Panthers will also run in the Rice Lake Invitational next Tuesday.

2003 Baldwin-Woodville Cross Country Invitational

Girls Team Scores: Prescott 55, Somerset 67, Durand 75, Glenwood City 75, Ellsworth 76, St. Croix Central 154, Baldwin-Woodville inc.

Somerset finishers

1. Whitney Langer 17:04; 4. Emily Witzmann 17:28; 17. Katie Rivard 19:39; 20. Britany Haukom 20:02; 28. Amanda Plourde 20:51; 29. Christi Schmitt 21:02; 33. Chealsey Sword 21:48; 35. Beth Baillargeon 22:12

St. Croix Central finishers

16. Alex Tuchel 19:36; 32. Rachel Phillips 21:38; 34. Amber Longen 22:02; 42. Shelley Woll 25:25; 43. Kathryn Larson 25:28

Boys Team Scores: Ellsworth 38, Somerset 53, Glenwood City 85, Prescott 91, St. Croix Central 106, Baldwin-Woodville 143, Durand inc.

Somerset finishers

6. David Baillargeon 20:06; 8. Jon Reyer 20:12; 12. John Mitchell 21:25; 15. Matt Hanzlik 21:43; 17. Tyler LeRoy 21:49; 23. Josh Hecht 22:44; 24. Tim Wenzel 22:53; 31. Will Collins 23:31; 34. Casey Colbeth 23:39; 41. David Wenzel 24:13; 47. Michael Nemer 25:15; 49. Matt Plourde 25:41

St. Croix Central finishers

3. Scott Ramberg 19:10; 10. Mark Sanders 20:15; 22. Tom Redmon 22:40; 42. Josh Manore 24:35; 52. Andrew Califf 26:15; 55. Derek Raebel 27:54

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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