Osceola’s Quinn McDonald lost a cross country race Saturday.
Yet, in a testament on how good his season has been, McDonald didn’t lose by much.
Chippewa Falls’ Lukas Wagner defeated McDonald by three-hundredths of a second at the Eau Claire Old Abe Invitational (16:15.9 to 16:16.2). McDonell Central’s Dan Anderson was third, 18 seconds behind.
The boys team also finished second. Despite its first three runners finishing faster than Hudson, the Raiders’ fourth and fifth runners came in front of Osceola’s to finish with 79 points to the Chieftains’ 97.
Mason Hancock was the next Osceola runner as he was sixth at 17:06.8. Dylan Salewski placed 19th (17:51). Ethan Hall took 32nd (18:12.8) and Carver Lundholm completed the Osceola scoring with a 38th place finish (18:31.3).
Meanwhile for the girls, Rachel Ulrich just missed out on a top three finish as she was three seconds from third.
Ulrich’s time was 19:10.1 with D.C. Everest’s Sara Mlodik edging her.
Menomonie’s Isabella Jacobsen cruised to the individual title with a time of 18:04.7, nearly a minute faster than second place Hudson’s Haley Loewe.
Thanks to Jacobsen’s performance, Menomonie cruised to the team title with 55 points, as its other four runners finished in the top 20.
Hudson was second with 112 and Eau Claire Memorial was third at 166. The Chieftains finished sixth with 207.
Kya Krenz was the next Osceola runner after Ulrich. She came in 42nd (22:11.1). Adelyn Ellefson was 52nd (22:37.9). Chloe Backlund posted a 54th place time (22:38.2), followed by Arieana Hayton (22:39.2).
The Chieftains will get one more chance to run in front of its home crowd as it hosts the Middle Border Conference championship meet 4 p.m. Thursday.