COLFAX, Wis. (WEAU) - Cross country is truly a team sport and you'd be hard pressed to find another team that's dominating their meets this season like the Durand Panthers boys.
"After last season coming in knowing that we might have a pretty decent team and then ending up third in our division in the state, we came into this season ready to go," said Durand head cross country coach Ingrid Husmoen.
That they've done. Durand's boys cross country team has finished top two in all of their meets so far this fall. While junior Isaac Wegner has been the front runner pushing the Panthers pack, it's the efforts of runners one through five that have Durand continuously in a position to win each meet.
"He’s kind of taken on the role here the last few meets as our No. 1 runner and as our leader. We’ve got Wesley and Riley right behind and Ely and Manny,” explained Husmoen. “I mean our top five is very solid."
"It’s nice having our five guy run with our one guy. It gives us a lot of confidence, helps us push each other,” described senior Panthers runner Wesley Brantner. “Always try to have one beat the other."
“We like to push each other in practice all the time. Somebody’s always pushing the pace even when we’re supposed to have easy days," added junior Panthers runner Isaac Wegner.
Having multiple runners that can compete for top individual finishes motivates these Panthers to do the best they can for the team and they seem to be on pace to repeat as Dunn-St. Croix conference champs and sectional champs.
"As a team it keeps us aware of where we’re at and what we’re trying to do down the road when we get to sectionals and hopefully state," said Wegner.
"We know that if we can do what we need to in the coming meets and then once we get to sectionals we’re hoping to do well again at state,” added Husmoen. “Hopefully top five if not better.”
Durand added another boys team win at their conference meet on Monday and they seem poised to make a deep run in Division 3 this season.