Tristan Hanson

Junior Tristan Hanson was the third Saint runner to cross the finish line at the very tough Spooner cross country course. The Saints boys’ team placed fifth in the HON race.


Where and When: Oct. 13 at Spooner

Overview: “Returning to Spooner’s monstrously hill-based course to bookend the season,” St. Croix Falls Coach Amy Klein said. “The Saints proved their place in the Heart O’ the North’s Conference race last week.”

Summary: “Competing for the first time this season in a complete field of 10 teams and 70-some competitors in each race, the Saints finished in the middle of the mix,” Klein remarked. “Overall, the Boys’ team placed fifth behind Northwestern, Ladysmith, Bloomer and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. The Girls’ took sixth place amidst excellent performances from many runners on a wide swath of teams.”

Comments: ““I’m really happy with the team efforts of these Saints,” Klein said. “They took on the challenges of a new conference, new competition, new courses, and a new coach decently and with room to grow for next year.”

Highlights: Viktor Knigge (7th place overall) and Mason Peer (14th) for the boys and Sierra Braund (10th) for the SCF girls led their respective teams and earned all-conference accolades in the tough Heart O’North conference. “Tristan Hanson, Austin Lunzer, Connor Dyzak, Lincoln Ferris, Alise Wiehl, Brianna McCurdy, Payden Bainbridge, Abby Jensen and Aleah Jensen, reflecting back to their first attempt at Spooner’s course in September, met the challenge of bettering their performances, some by more than two minutes,” Klein noted.

Upcoming: The Saints traveled to Amery Tuesday, October 20th for the WIAA Sub-Sectional race leading to the season culminating Sectional and State competitions.

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