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Spring Valley girls win first-ever D-SC cross country title

Breanna Colbenson in the lead at the conference meet. Photo by Janine Smetana.1 / 2
Julian Manley is setting a good pace in the boys' meet. EPC's Noah Wells is in the background. Photo by Janine Smetana.2 / 2

MONDOVI - The Dunn-St. Croix Conference title which eluded Spring Valley High School's girls team last fall fell to the Cardinals Thursday at the Valley Golf Course.

The No. 8 ranked Cardinals notched first place with a low of 29 points, well ahead of defending champion No. 12 Colfax who scored 61.

SV's Breanna Colbenson won her third straight D-SC individual title as she won the race on the hilly course in 15:19.

Colbenson's teammates either made all-conference or were honorable mention. Making first team besides here were Emma Gaustad, Riley Bowman and Sarah King, who finished 5-7 respectively. Liz Anderson made second team by finishing 10th, well assuring the Cards' championship as Colfax only had three runners in the chutes at that point. Pearl Davis and Sophie Koch finished 18th and 19th thus putting them on the honorable mention list.

Also making all-conference from Spring Valley was Julian Manley from the boys team as he finished 11th in 18:25. The SV boys took eighth place in the meet, won by No. 6 ranked Colfax as a team and Mondovi's Sasha Maro in 17:02 once again.

Elmwood/Plum City notched a fifth place in the girls meet and a sixth place in the boys competition. EPC's McKayla Brunner made second team all-conference with her 11th place finish while teammate Libby Feuker placed 20th to receive honorable mention. Noah Wells and Peter Fenter also received honorable mention with their 18th and 20th place finishes.

Both teams will compete in the WIAA Division 3 Fall Creek Sectional next Saturday.