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Tigers run in a war zone

Want to make a cross country race more challenging?

Add in golfers zinging golf balls all over the cross country race course during the meet.

That's what the New Richmond runners had to face when they ran in a meet at the Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah on Saturday. The Tigers were among eight teams that ran at Tomah on Saturday to get a look at the course where the Division 1 sectional meet will be run on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Not closing down the golf course for the cross country meet led to bad feelings. Cross country coaches and parents were upset over the lack of safety for the runners and the golfers weren't happy about having to share the course.

"Seventy-five percent of the golfers were upset," said New Richmond coach Beth Kelly.

In the girls race the Tigers performed quite well. They took third place, but finished just three points behind Hudson. Hudson's Katie Wettstein set a new course record with a time of 15:00.

The Tigers were led by junior Morgan Kelly, who placed sixth. Maddie Kelly and Kat Keller were next, at 10th and 11th. Bailey Matthys, Ellen Meisner and Audrey DeKock were in a pack at 14th through 16th, with Marissa Neitzke just behind them at 19th.

New Richmond's boys placed sixth in their half of the meet. Senior Dylan Novitzke was the pace setter for the Tigers, placing 25th. Sophomore Casey Schuh moved up to finish 27th and senior Josh Green was just behind him at 29th.

The Tigers ran their final regular season meet on Tuesday at Amery. They will be back at Amery on Thursday, Oct. 14, for the 2010 Middle Border Conference meet.

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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