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privilege to be Chase’s cross ….

privilege to be Chase’s cross …. privilege to be Chase’s cross ….

privilege to be Chase’s cross country coach these past four years.”

Amidst the bittersweet end to Oehmichen’s career, the girls achieved a feat not seen in over two decades, defeating Aquinas by one point to advance to Saturday’s WIAA D-2 state meet.

“It was an exciting day for the girls as they got a one point victory over Aquinas,” Graun said on a Facebook post to the Colby Hornets Booster Club page.

Willow Oehmichen paced the girls team, taking seventh overall in 21:19. Daisy Feiten was second through for Colby in 11th in 21:37. Trinity Severson was third for the ladies, taking 16th in 22:13. Mercedes Sarkkinen came fourth for the team, taking 22nd in 22:30.

Casey Reynolds pushed forward to finish as the fifth and final scoring runner, using a new PR of 22:53 to finish 27th. Reagan Schraufnagel and Payton Roth were the final runners through in 35th and 36th place in 23:35 and 23:43.

“This group of girls has molded into a great group of sisters working together for a common goal,” Graun said. “I am proud of all they have done, and am looking forward to another week with them as we prepare for state!”