Todd claims sectional title and heads to state, EPC and SV teams complete seasons
Elmwood/Plum City's Kassye Todd is headed to the WIAA Division 3 state cross country championships. The senior runner came in first place overall at the Boyceville sectional on Saturday, Oct. 21 with a time of 20:16.5 despite rainy weather and a muddy, tore-up course.
Todd came in 22 seconds before the next runner.
With only three varsity runners, EPC was unable to compete as a team, but Sophia Tiffany and Amanda Osteen also ran in Saturday's race. Tiffany finished the 5k with a time of 24:49.5 (53rd), and Osteen came in behind her with a time of 25:18.8 (62nd).
Calvin Shock was the only EPC boy to run at Boyceville, and he came in with a time of 25:26.8, which earned him a 115th-place finish.
The Spring Valley girls team came in 13th of the 14 teams that were able to send five or more runners to Saturday's meet. The Cardinals finished with 310 total team points compared to Glenwood City who won the sectional meet with 55 total points.
Katherine Dieckman was the first Cardinal to cross the finish line on Saturday, and she did so with a time of 24:05.7 and a 41st-place finish. Behind Dieckman was Brianna O'Brien who finished the 5k in 50th place overall with a time of 24:34.9.
From there, Spring Valley's finishers dropped off, and the next Cardinal runner, Madison Maier, didn't come in until 28:25.9 for a 85th-place finish. Kari Hybben finished shortly after Maier with a time of 28:45.6 and came in 87th place.
The Cardinals' varsity five was completed by Tessa Cipriano who came in 96th place with a time of 31:38.5.
The Spring Valley boys team placed much higher than the girls team, and came in seventh place as a team with 217 total points.
Spring Valley's first and second runners, Calvin Kotval and Julian Davis, came in within six seconds of each other and finished in 19th and 20th place. Kotval finished with a time of 18:45.9, and Davis was right behind him with a 5k time of 18:51.6.
Cole Pelzel was the third Cardinal runner to complete Saturday's 5k, and he finished with a time of 19:55.9, which earned him a 44th-place finish.
Nathan Hannack (65th), Jon Corriea (73rd), Ben Anderson (88th) and Blake Johnson (93rd) completed Spring Valley's varsity seven.
McDonell Central claimed the sectional title on the boys side, and will head to the WIAA Division 3 state cross country championships along with Todd and the Glenwood City girls team. Todd and the entire Glenwood City girls team will run at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, followed by McDonell Central's boys team at 2:35 p.m. Both races will be held at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.