Edgar's Ellenbecker wins second state cross country title, Medford girls take first as a team

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -- On a cold and wet Saturday, cross country runners from across the state made their way to Wisconsin Rapids for the 106th WIAA state boys cross country meet, and the 45th state girls meet.

Drew Bosely from Homestead took first place in the Division 1 boys race, Chad Franz of SPASH had the highest local finish after coming across the line in 15th place.

The Division 3 Boys race Adam Rzentkowski of Rosholt ends his senior season with a second place finish behind David Vannuchi of Luther.

Rosholt also came in second in the team competition.

"Definitely not going to hang my head on this and I think that overall everyone on our team individually ran a good race and you know again just nothing to hang our heads on this just make the best of it and just have fun. Last race, senior season, just have fun," Rzentkowski said.

In girls Division 1, SPASH freshman Roisin Willis finished in fourth place, three spots behind winner Genevieve Nashold of Madison West.

All eyes were focused on last years Division 3 girls winner Marissa Ellenbecker of Edgar prior to the start of this year's race. She was sixth at the one mile mark, and third at the two mile mark, but she wins her second consecutive state title, completing the race in 19:06.

"Just not to go too fast the first mile or first mile and a half because I know there's hills in the back and usually people die and like when I was a freshmen I started out fast so I figured the freshmen would now too," Ellenbecker said after the race. "So I just stayed behind and then slowly picked them off one by one. Some people think I save it but I don't it's just all in your heart and you have to put it all out there."

The Auburndale girls finished in second place as a team.

The Medford Raiders girls team came away as state champions in girls Division 2.