Colbenson finishes second, SV girls place seventh in D3 state meetIn its first ever WIAA State Cross Country Meet, the Spring Valley High School girls' team took seventh out of the 16 schools competing and junior runner Breanna Colbenson finished second.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - In its first ever WIAA State Cross Country Meet, the Spring Valley High School girls team took seventh out of the 16 schools competing and junior runner Breanna Colbenson finished second.
Colbenson finished behind Hartland University Lake School's Molly Seidel, who became the first girls' runner since Olympian Suzy Favor to win four straight WIAA state meets from 1982-85.
Seidel won in a time of 13:39 while Colbenson's time was 14:20. Colbenson was only 11 seconds behind Seidel after the first mile of the 4000-meter course but Seidel increased her advantage by running a 5:37 by the two-mile mark while Colbenson was at 6:00 even. Ladysmith's Andrea Ostenso finished in third place.
This was Colbenson's third straight meet but for the Valley Girls it was the first time for all of them competing at The Ridges Golf Course and the first time in school history a girls' team from Spring Valley competed in a state event.
The unranked Cardinals made a very good accounting of themselves. They finished ahead of five ranked teams by taking seventh with 203 points. No. 1 ranked and defending state champion Oshkosh Lourdes won the title again with 57 points followed by No. 2 Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs with 72 points and No. 3 Darlington with 118 points.
SV sophomore Sophie Koch finished 62nd individually in a time of 16:47; fellow sophomore Emma Gaustad was 73rd in 16:57; junior Riley Bowman 86th in 17:09; freshman Pearl Davis placed 122nd in 18:09; freshman Elizabeth Anderson was 142nd in 18:39 and sophomore Claire Arneson was 145th in 18:45.