Webster sending three to state cross country

The Webster boys cross-country team took fourth place at the Division 3 sectional held in Cable on Friday, Oct. 20. It wasn’t enough to get the team to state but two Webster boys, Joey Formanek and Hunter Erickson, qualified as individuals. Sam Nelson earned a trip to state for the Webster girls. – Photo submitted

Other local teams end season at sectionals


CABLE – Runners at the Division 3 cross-country sectional were met with warmer-than-usual temperatures for October last Friday, yet that didn’t stop the Webster cross-country team from turning out a successful meet.

The Tiger boys took fourth place among the 12 scoring teams and ahead of Unity for the first time this year. Webster had two boys qualify to the state championships including senior Joey Formanek and junior Hunter Erickson. The Webster girls took sixth overall and junior Sam Nelson is also headed to the state championships after her finish at sectionals.

According to coach Roy Ward the Drummond Area School District’s course is a difficult one, with challenging hills that surround Telemark Golf Course in Cable.

“The scenery is beautiful, but it doesn’t make you forget about the challenge of running a hilly course,” said Ward.

The girls were the first to race and Nelson finished third among 84 other runners with a time of 21:30. 

“Sam put herself in a good position early on in the race. For Sam, she was miserable. For me, it was a little less stressful this year. She isn’t one who loves racing, but works hard and does well,” said Ward.

Coming in second among the Webster girls was Jenna Gomulak with a time of 25:43. Ali Moritz had a time of 26:10 for the Tigers, followed by Kaley Bergstrom, 27:34; Lexi Symond, 28:21; Sydney Raschke, 28:24; and Trinity Olguin, 29:52.

Moritz set a personal best in the race and Symond improved on her personal-best time by 49 seconds.                                             

Among the Webster boys, Formanek is returning to state for the fourth time in his career with his fourth-place finish overall, with a time of 17:55. Only the top five individuals who are not part of a qualifying team earn the right to go to state, and Formanek was the second individual to qualify. All while dealing with an injury. It was his best race this season.

“Joey started out making me nervous and even had to tell himself at the mile that he needed to forget about how much pain he was in and start picking up spots. It helps that Joey has been there before. Joey looked good with about a half mile to go. I told him to kick it down now and get a couple more spots,” Ward said.

Erickson earned the fourth spot as an individual and had a seventh-place time of 18:09.

“Unlike Joey and Sam, he made everyone including himself nervous. He finished seventh, which doesn’t guarantee a ticket to the state meet. As we waited to hear the team scores, Joey told him, ‘I know exactly how you feel.’ We knew Phillips was going as a team, but were not sure if it was going to be Solon Springs or Chequamegon. Thankfully, Solon Springs did qualify as a team and therefore so did Hunter. That suspense can feel like an eternity,” Ward said.

Other Tigers competing at sectionals included senior Mason Schaaf, who had a time of 18:23 and was 12th overall. Schaaf was followed by Dustin Kern, 20:52; Kerik Stubbe, 21:18; Edwin Janssen, 21:22; and Landon Malsom, 21:29.


Unity ends season at sectionals

CABLE – The Unity cross-country team finished their year at sectionals with fifth place in the overall standings among the boys teams. Cullen Feist was the fastest Eagle with a time of 18:27, and 13th in the overall standings. He was followed by Caleb Vos Benkowski, 18:59; Soren Vos Benkowski, 19:48; Daniel Sorensen, 20:24; Thomas Cable, 20:46; Asher Cress, 20:54; and Dylan Kern, 21:11.

For the Unity girls Zenia Moore had a time of 24:22, and Hallie Allen finished with a time of 26:01.

Grantsburg boys take sixth

CABLE – The Grantsburg boys cross-country team finished in sixth place at Cable on Friday, Oct. 20, but the season for all the Pirates came to an end. Nate McKinley led Grantsburg with 15th place overall with a time of 18:34, followed by Joey Duncan, 19:16; Joseph Ohnstad, 19:49; Jared Lee, 20:35; Trevor Vollendorf, 20:50; Cole Reichstadt, 20:59; and Theodore Vitale, 22:21.

Among the Pirate girls Savannah Trittelwitz finished with a time of 25:59, and was 44th overall. Mirlande Brande had a time of 27:52, and Hope McKinley finished with a 28:45.


Frederic/Luck ends season

CABLE – Frederic/Luck runners ended their season at the Drummond sectional with sophomore Elaine Lahti completing a time of 25:15, and 38th overall. Rose King had a time of 27:14, and the third Frederic/Luck runner was Teresa Neely with a time of 30:51.

Among the Frederic/Luck boys, Nolan Johnson had a time of 19:30 and was 31st overall. Senior Chase Rowe completed a time of 21:27.


Saints end season at Boyceville sectional

BOYCEVILLE – The season came to an end for the St. Croix Falls cross-country team at the Division 3 sectional held in Boyceville on Saturday, Oct. 21.

“I really thought all of our runners showed tremendous resiliency and poise throughout their races. The conditions were wet, sloppy and at times treacherous, and I thought they all really competed and left it out on the course today,” said coach Adam Kovar.

The Saints girls took seventh overall and were led by junior Anna Klein with a time of 22:12, and 10th place overall. She was followed by Autumn Erickson, 23:42; Grace Klein, 24:27; Jessi Peterson, 25:15; Abby Jensen, 25:46; Greta Erickson, 26:48; and Kalli Christenson, 28:23.

“I thought Anna Klein gave it her all and competed hard, as she has done in every race this season, and also just missed going to state but again, I was very proud of with how she competed and left it all out on the course,” said Kovar.

Among the boys sophomore Trevor LaMirande was one place away from qualifying to state as an individual. He finished sixth overall with a time of 18:07, while the Saints boys finished 15th overall as a team.

“I thought Trevor ran a tremendous race and gave it his all, and just missing a spot at the state meet was tough, but I was very proud of how he improved and competed,” Kovar said.

Among the other Saints boys times were Mason Peer with 20:38; Jack Kessler, 21:59; Keith Murphy, 23:45; Boden Enochs, 24:36; Collin Anderson, 24:45; and Hal Edwards, 27:45.

“This was the end of our cross-country season, so it was the last time running cross country for our seniors, Hal Edwards, Autumn Hansen, Kalli Christenson and Grace Klein. I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the team and the sport; it was a pleasure having them. I look forward to seeing our team continue to grow, compete, and hopefully we’ll find even more success in the seasons to come,” Kovar said.