Cochrane-Fountain City High School was host to the 23rd Annual Jesse Brone Memorial Cross-Country Invitational. Thirteen area teams converged on our home course on a beautiful evening for an early season contest. Over 100 runners participated in both the boys and girls events, along with a junior high school competition. It should be noted that there was a very large group of fans and supporters, which made the atmosphere for the participants even more exciting. The cheers helped push all the runners throughout the 5,000-meter contest.
After the junior high event was completed it was time for the girls race. Again, leading the lady Pirates was Breilynn Halverson, taking third overall in a time of 20:26 minutes. Emma Mann came in next for the Pirates with solid 18th place (22:27). Rounding out the girls scoring was freshman Ana Knecht who came in 46th (25:01). The first place overall girl was freshman Anna Fronk, of Bangor, Wis., who clocked an impressive time of 19:46 minutes. Durand High School won the overall team title with a low score of 36, outdoing second place Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School, which scored 63.
The boys race featured last year’s state individual champion, Parker Schneider. It was close at the front, but Pirate junior Wesley Pronschinske prevailed and took top honors. His time of 16:29 minutes was 12 seconds better than runner-up Jose Monroy. Schneider slotted in third at 16:47 minutes. These three should have some more intense battles as the year continues.
Next across the line for the Pirates was Karter Domine in 27th (19:49) followed by Porter Ehrat 47th (20:58), Dirk Wilson 52nd (21:20), Jack Spitzer 71st (22:31), Wyatt Abts 79th (24:02) and Jacob Guenther 81st (24:22). Team honors went to GET with 50 points, followed by Arcadia, who is coached by C-FC’s fine head track and field coach Jon Schultz. Arcadia managed 84 points on the night.