Todd and Kotval lead the way at Dunn-St. Croix meet
Kassye Todd was the standout of another cross country meet. The senior runner stole the spotlight at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet held at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax on Thursday, Oct. 12, where she crossed the finish line a minute and 12 seconds faster than the second-place runner.
Todd came in first place in the girls' 5k race with a time of 19:39.99. Alana Plaszcz of Elk Mound came in far behind Todd with a time of 20:52.65, which earned her a second-place finish.
Todd said her coach, Kristel Flesberg, told her that she was at 12:30 at the two-mile marker, which was a minute faster than what her goal time was.
At the time, Todd thought that she was running too slow.
"I just started thinking that I was doing awful, and that I must have so much more air to give out," Todd said. "As I was coming in, the clock said 19 something, and I couldn't believe it."
This was only the second time Todd had ran at Whitetail before.
"Starting out, it feels great because it's pretty much all downhill," Todd said about the course. "But then the whole time you know that you have to go back up the hill."
The hills didn't stand in Todd's way, though.
Todd's goal is to keep bettering her time with what's left of the season, and she hopes that she'll have a chance to do so at the WIAA Division 3 state cross country meet.
"There's always that goal of going to state," the senior runner said. "At the beginning of the season, my goal was to make podium, but then I started doubting myself. But after tonight, I know I can do it."
Todd's personal-best time is 19:30, which she ran at the state meet her sophomore year. After her conference performance, Todd believes shaving nine seconds off of her 5k time is doable. "As a senior, I don't want to have regrets," Todd said.
Sophie Tiffany and Amanda Osteen were the other two Elmwood/Plum City runners who competed at Whitetail. Tiffany finished with a time of 24:23.40, which earned her a 31st-place finish, and Osteen finished in 35th place with a time of 24:44.29.
Glenwood City claimed the conference title on the girls' side with a team total of 27 points.
Two E-PC boys also ran in the conference meet on Thursday. Tanner Blanford ran a 20:16.01 (36th), and Calvin Shock ran a time of 21:54.77 for a 52nd-place finish.
Durand's boys team were named conference champs with a team score of 20 points.
The Spring Valley Cardinals also made their way to Colfax for the conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 12.
On the girls' side, Brianna O'Brien was the first Cardinal to finish Thursday's 5k. She finished in 19th place with a time of 23:21.01. Behind O'Brien was sophomore Katherine Dieckman who ran a time of 23:33.43 for a 22nd-place finish.
Spring Valley's varsity top five was completed with Maddy Olson (45th), Kari Hybben (49) and Tessa Cipriano (52).
The Cardinal girls came in last place of the six teams that competed at the conference meet with a team score of 140 points.
Calvin Kotval ran a strong race on Thursday to lead the Spring Valley boys team to a fourth-place team finish. Kotval ran a 5k time of 17:20.50, which placed him fifth overall. He and Todd both received first-team all-conference honors.
Julian Davis was the second Cardinal on the boys' side to cross the finish line. Davis came in 12th place with a time of 18:27.57, which landed him a spot on the all-conference second team.
A pack of Cardinals rounded out Spring Valley boys' varsity squad; Cole Pelzel finished at 19:21.15 (24th), followed by Nathan Hannack (25th) and Jon Corriea (26th).
The Cardinal boys finished with a team score of 92 points just edged by Colfax who came in third place with 91 points.
E-PC and Spring Valley's cross country teams will head to Boyceville on Saturday, Oct. 21 for the sectional meet held at Tiffany Creek Elementary. The girls are scheduled to race at 11 a.m., and the boys will follow at 11:45 a.m.