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Somerset boys run with purpose at St. Croix Falls

There’s a distinct amount of pressure on the Somerset boys cross country runners every time they compete.

With only five runners on the team, they have to show up every meet for the squad to be able to compete as a team. And because all five of their times count in every meet, they have to be ready to compete at their top level every time. They answered that call when they ran at St. Croix Falls last Thursday, placing fourth in the meet.

In Brandon Mondor, Cole Harty and Ethan Baillargeon, the Spartans had three of the top 13 finishers in the seven-team race. Noah Ashton and Austin Headlee, the Spartans’ fourth and fifth runners, made substantial improvements in their times to place 26th and 33rd.

Spartan coach Julie Mocadlo said the boys are becoming more impactful with every race. She noted that the Spartans were just 17 points behind Amery, which she considers one of the top teams in the Middle Border Conference.

Mocadlo said the top three Spartans are pushing each other along in each race. Mondor sets the pace. Harty is pushing himself to stay with Mondor and Baillargeon is doing his best to stick with Harty.

Injuries and illness meant the Somerset girls were running without three of their top runners at St. Croix Falls. The rest of the Spartan girls responded to the challenge with some of their best times of the season as the Spartans placed fourth among six teams.

Lauren Sandy and Katie Berg were thrust into lead runner roles for the Spartans. Mocadlo said that was a big step for first-year runners, but it should benefit them in their futures. Carrie Kulibert and Maggie Becher attacked the course and came in with some of the best times of their careers, with Kulibert placing 24th and Becher 26th.

Mocadlo said she was hopeful the girls could have a complete lineup by the time they run in the Middle Border Conference meet. The meet will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Durand.

St. Croix Falls Cross Country Invitational

Boys team scores: Grantsburg 48, Amery 71, Unity-Luck 82, Somerset 88, Webster 94, St. Croix Falls 110

Somerset finishes

7. Brandon Mondor 18:38; 11. Cole Harty 18:59; 13. Ethan Baillargeon 19:04; 26. Noah Ashton 20:16; 33. Austin Headlee 21:15

Girls team scores: Amery 34, St. Croix Falls 61, Grantsburg 77, Somerset 93, Unity-Luck 94

Somerset finishes

15. Lauren Sandy 19:23; 18. Katie Berg 19:29; 24. Carrie Kulibert 20:15; 26. Maggie Becher 20:40; 35. Laura Smith 22:50; 37. Sophia Vader 23:17

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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