Another race, another first first for Tomah’s Hannah Wilcox-Borg.
Wilcox-Borg won her third race of the season Saturday by topping the field at the Wisconsin Rapids Invitational held at The Ridges Golf Club.
Wilcox-Borg won the race in 19 minutes, 36 seconds, which was 12 seconds better than runner-up Willow Sering of Wisconsin Rapids. There were 104 finishers in the girls race.
Tomah coach Jon Heesch said Wilcox-Borg ran with the lead pack for the first 800 meters before she “went to the front and surged to the lead. She continued to increase her lead throughout the race and ran most of the race by herself.”
Brooke Bakken was the other Tomah runner to finish in the top half of the field. She ran the race in 22:31.
Other Tomah varsity runners were Brielle Harmel (23:56), Jenna Hausman (25:01), Reyna Herald (26:23), Josi Kollrich (27:44) and Lexi Chambers (27:44).
The Tomah girls were 10th out of 13 teams.
“The girls team is running very strong right now and is poised to finish very well at the MVC on Thursday,” Heesch said. “I am very excited to see what they can do.”
The Tomah boys were eighth out of 17 teams. Caleb Lenning was Tomah’s top runner. He finished in 17:18, which was 29th in a field of 126 finishers.
Close behind was teammate Eugene Peterson, who was 33rd with a time of 17:25.
The other varsity runners were Coy Nelson (17:51), Kale Gnewikow (18:15), Eric Tollefson (18:20), Weston Boettcher (18:34), Matthew Holtz (19:03) and Micah Winchell (19:10).
Heesch said the boys will be looking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish at the MVC meet.
“The boys are running well right now and are also set up to do something that not been done in a long time for Tomah High School,” Heesch said.
The meet at The Ridges, site of the state cross country meet, was Tomah’s final race of the regular season. The MVC meet will be held at Maple Grove Cross County Course near West Salem Thursday, Oct. 11 beginning with the boys junior varsity race at 3:45 p.m.