The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser cross country teams headed south to compete in the Bloomer Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 9. Across the board, the Bulldogs had a strong showing as the varsity boys finished in second place, and the girls took third while the middle school boys claimed first place in their race.
The boys team had a very successful meet scoring 53 points, finishing in second place out of 4 teams. The team was led by Elijah Poppe who finally cracked sub-18:00 in the 5K in a final time of 17:57. He finished just five seconds behind the eventual winner from Mondovi. Finishing in fourth place was teammate Austin Hamholmin a time of 19:47, with a personal best. Both Elijah and Austin received medals for their efforts.
Brayden Cella was third for the ‘Dogs coming through at 23:00. This is nearly two minutes faster than his previous time. Brayden showed so much concentration on the race course and battled for his final position in the last mile of the race. Our No. 4 runner was senior Will Beckman who finished in a time of 23:56. This was just off Will’s best time that he ran the previous week in Spooner. Our No. 5 and No. 6 runners are new to the program. Freshmen James Vaini (25:29) and Jack Meyers (26:11) ran outstanding races considering this was their first 5K cross country race ever. Part of the learning process is the experience of pacing oneself and ensuring you get to the finish line. Both of these young me have a lot of potential, and with their first race successfully completed, they will only get faster. Our No. 7 runner was Frank Loew who finished with a personal record of 30:58. We look forward to having two additional runners compete for the boys team at the Dan Conway Invitational this week.
The C-W varsity girls finished in third place and had many great performances. Leading the way was senior Lana Blumer who finished third overall in a time of 22:44, which earned her a medal. This was Lana’s best race of the season. She continues to show determination by shaving off time each time she races. At this rate, she will be back to top form by the end of the season.
Our No. 2 and No. 3 runners were Elliana Bayer (25:23) and Zoe Nelson (25:47). These athletes set a goal to work together from start to finish and finished with personal records for this season. At the halfway point, they were neck-and-neck and eventually separated with about a mile to go. If these two work together in races, they will both improve their final times. Runners No. 4 and 5 were Roci Hanson (27:37) and Angie Hanson (30:49). These girls took well over a minute off their best time of the year. What makes this an accomplishment is that they are running with injuries. Regardless of the circumstances, they fight through the pain and always with a kick.
C-W had 15 Middle School athletes participate in a course just over a mile. It was a flat and fast course. We had some athletes participate for the very first time, which was great for the future of the program.
Highlights included the boys’ dominating performance having three runners finish in the top 10. Coaches Brian Chuchwar and Gesa Tschumperlin were very pleased with the outcome.
This middle school team has a very bright future; we look forward to having these athletes play a crucial role in the potential success of the program.
The team’s next race is the Bulldogs’ lone home event of the season, the Dan Conway Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 16. C-W will also race in the Barron Invite on Tuesday, Sept. 21.