Mel-Min XC

Sam Mikel (left) and Cade Reich (right) make their way through the cross country track for the Hornets during their meet last Friday in C-FC.

Conference opponents are just as important in cross country even if it is an individual sport in some aspects.

Mel-Min, Blair-Taylor and Lincoln got a good look at some conference opponents at the Brone Invite at C-FC last Friday.

The big competition in the Dairyland Conference is Cochrane-Fountain City and the Mustangs are a bit upset having coming so close to taking first place over them.

“Getting beat by C-FC as a team will certainly give them a little extra drive this week in practice to try and get back to the front of the pack,” Mel-Min coach Anthony Stelter said.

Sydner Becker did take second overall for the girls, while teammate Carrie Pfaff took fourth overall.

Hannah Berg of B-T would round out the top ten with her tenth place finish.

The Wildcat girls as a team would come in tied at fifth with Independence-Gilmanton.

Both squads would have a tougher time on the boys side especially with smaller squads.

Colton Sime finished at 16th overall for the Mustangs, but Mel-Min wouldn’t qualify as a team.

Preston Guttenberg would again round out the top ten for B-T though with a tenth place finish.

Overall the Wildcat boys finished at eighth overall.

Lincoln had a decent outing as well, but couldn’t match against the larger teams.

Lance Mikel was the first finisher for the Hornets coming in at 46th overall. As a team the boys would come in at tenth place.

The Hornets had similar struggles on the girls side as well. Coming in at 42nd, Ashley Holmgreen was the highest place finisher for Lincoln.

Teammate Emma Rogers came in at 58th place for her school.


Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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