Bonduel girls cross-country team claims top finish

Witt-Birn teams each finish 3rd
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

The Bonduel High School girls cross-country team won a Central Wisconsin Conference meet after posting the top score at the Charger Invitational on a cool and overcast Sept. 8 evening in Wittenberg.

Bonduel earned a team score of 24, comfortably ahead of second-place Rosholt (39).

The team was led by three top-10 finishes and had its fourth- and fifth-fastest runners place inside the top 15.

Kara Troxel was the team’s top finisher, placing second in 21 minutes, 19 seconds. Ashlyn Kurey wasn’t far behind, finishing fourth in 21:50.5.

Kalleigh Schroeder was the team’s other top-10 finisher, coming in sixth in 22:32.3.

Kendra Troxel (23:03.5) and Breanna Schnell (23:13.8) took 11th and 12th, respectively.

“The team ran really well tonight,” said Kara Troxel. “In the huddle, I told them that Rosholt would be our biggest competitors and to pass them if you could. They all told me at the end of the race that they did, which earned them higher placings, which resulted in a trophy for us. I am very proud of how they did tonight.”

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls and boys teams each placed third. The girls had a team score of 80, while the boys had a 103.

Jenna Stone was the girls top finisher, taking eighth in 22:39.4. Ruby Nowinsky placed 20th in 25:04.8.

Annika Resch (26:46.6), Lauren Dombeck (28:08.1) and Ava Wepner (29:36.8) placed 27th, 31st and 39th, respectively, to cap the team score.

Pacing the Witt-Birn boys was Tommy Bruski, who crossed the finish line in sixth with a time of 18:03.3.

“Tonight’s race was awesome. Throughout the whole race I was telling myself I have to give it all I have or I will regret it after,” said Bruski. “The race also felt weird because this is the first time I was all by myself running so I had no one to remind me to go harder.”

Craig Wendel (18:57.4) also finished inside the top 20, taking 16th. Simon Schairer (19:26.6), Ian Resch (19:37.4) and Wyatt Dickman (20:18.4) rounded out the team score, coming in 24th, 26th and 31st, respectively.

The Bonduel boys posted a team score of 138 to take fifth, a point better than Menominee Indian.

Jack Johnson (18:30.7) led the way for Bonduel, finishing 11th. Cooper Uelmen (18:59.2) placed 17th.

Alex Jasch (20:32.2), Karter Schroeder (20:39.2) and Ayden Dunst (20:44.8) took 34th, 39th and 40th, respectively, to fill out the team score.

Ashton Corn (18:42.7) and Isaiah Moss (18:52.1) paced Menominee Indian, placing 13th and 15th, respectively.

Lloyd Reevis (20:36.7), Andre Corn (20:37.5) and Joshua Besaw (20:52) took 36th, 37th and 41st, respectively.

Emma Komanekin was the lone Menominee Indian girl to run, and she placed seventh in 22:34.1.

The Marion girls were the final team to qualify for a score, tallying a 120.

Claire Dow (29:22.6) took 37th to lead the way, while Kelsey Zillmer (30:35.1) came in 42nd. Haiyle Larson (31:33.9), Nora Wiesman (31:39.6) and Claire Brei (34:08.9) filled out the team, finishing 45th, 46th and 50th, respectively.

The Marion boys had four runners compete, and were led by Isaiah Gueths (20:19.1), who placed 32nd. Jaden Stuhr (21:08.7), Jackson Krohn (25:43.5) and Jack VanKooy (29:17.1) were the other three runners, taking 47th, 76th and 85th, respectively.

The Gresham/Bowler boys also had four boys running, with Bryson Nelson (22:07.4) taking 58th to pace the team. Zachary Young (24:10.9) came in 68th, Isaiah Bestul (26:57) was 78th and Donnie Edwards (30:34.9) took 86th.

Maya Thiex (30:50.1) was the lone runner for the Gresham/Bowler girls, finishing 44th.

Girls team scores: 1. Bonduel 24; 2. Rosholt 39; 3. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 80; 4. Marion 120.

Boys team scores: 1. Pacelli 25; 2. Iola-Scandinavia 84; 3. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 103; 4. Rosholt 125; 5. Bonduel 138; 6. Menominee Indian 139; 7. Weyauwega-Fremont 142; 8. Pittsville 202; 9. Manawa 241.