By RICK SOLEM
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - Another year, another outstanding finish, it’s almost become expected the Logan High School boys put on a show at the WIAA state cross country championships.
Saturday, the Rangers showed just what it means to compete as a team. Nobody finished in the Top 10 at The Ridges Golf Course. Nobody was in the Top 20 or the Top 30, either.
Forty, it wasn’t until No. 40 that a Logan runner crossed the finish line Saturday, but when it was all said and done, the team that’s been to state every year starting in 2008, came away with a fourth-place overall finish at the Division 1 meet.
Logan at state
Senior Chris Ganrude was No. 40. He finished the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 41.08 seconds. Ten spots later, junior Andrew Olson finished in 16:49.74. Two spots behind him, in 52nd, was junior Henry Meger (16:49.95).
The team packed up as well as it could in the field of 190 finishers.
Last year, Logan finished sixth overall led by Ganrrude in 74th (16:50.17).
In 2011, Logan finished third as a team. In 2010, it was fourth. The Rangers were 12th in 2009 and 10th in 2008.
The top finisher from the area was Onalaska senior Matt Hibshman. He didn’t qualify last year, but made the most of his final trip to state, taking 28th (16:37.73). As a sophomore, he qualified and finished 118th (17:27.5).
On the girls side, Holmen junior Sierra Rabe was 71st (15:34.7). She finished 12th last year (14:45.68) and 31st as a freshman (15:15.92).
Logan juniors Lizzy Schmida and Kendal Miller finished 92nd (15:54.83) and 96th (15:56.48), respectively.
Onalaska senior Monica Delgado was 76th (15:47.52).
As a junior, Isaiah Abt finished 44th overall in 17:01.21. As a sophomore, he was 70th in 17:29.26.
Senior year was much improved. Abt jumped 34 spots from last year and cut nearly 30 seconds off his team to finish 10th overall in 16:33.75 for Viroqua.
As a team, West Salem finished 10th overall and its neighbor’s up the road, Sparta, finished 12th.
Sparta’s John Roddick was the top finisher between the two schools. The junior finished 59th (17:33.85), while West Salem senior Machael Sauter was 66th (17:37.46) and teammate Cameron Robaczewski was 67th (17:38.14).
On the girls side, Viroqua finished 15th as a team led by senior Mackenzie Schneider, who took 46th (16:02.4). Teammate Andrea Weston, a freshman, finished 63rd (16:16.34).
Schneider placed 54th last year (15:58.95) and 90th the year before (16:28.21).
In her return trip to state, West Salem junior Hannah Thorn placed 89th (16:39.11).
Becca Maxwell nearly cracked the Top 10, finishing 11th in 15:34.86 to lead Westby, which took 11th as a team. This was the junior’s second consecutive trip to state.
She finished 49th last season (16:32.56) for Westby, which then took sixth as a team. Teammate Sammi Hansen finished 62nd (16:41.64). She was 78th last year (17:00.26).
Melrose-Mindoro finished 16th out of a field of 16.
On the boys side, Dylan Smith finished 31st overall (17:18.55) and teammate Walker Rynes was 43rd (17:30.39) to lead Brookwood, which placed ninth overall out of the field of 16.
Brookwood finished 12th last year, led by Rynes in 19th (17:09.85), while Smith was 58th (17:43.81).
Austin Pasch was 27th overall (17:10.57) for Westby, which finished sixth as a team. Sophomore Spener Offedahl was 52nd (17:47.55) for Westby.
Cochrane-Fountain City senior Dray Schreiber was 61st (17:58.96). He was 21st last year (17:14.75).