By Brett Hart
Andrew Carlson wrapped up his junior cross country season, representing the Amery Warriors at the WIAA Division 2 Boys Cross Country State Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 27.
Finishing 99th of 152 runners, Carlson steadily worked his way up in the field - from 126th place at the one mile mark to 111th at the two mile mark to his No. 99 spot with a final time of 17:54.5.
Andrew Carlson was the final runner with a double-digit finishing position in the boys Division 2 event.
The Amery junior finished in 17:54.5 to place 99th overall and less than 35 seconds from a top-50 finish. Carlson steadily improved his position through the race, going from 126th after the first mile to 111th just beyond the midway point. His final-mile time of 6:24 allowed him to gain another dozen spots before crossing the finish line.
This was a satisfactory result for the coach, considering the runner was recovering from offseason surgery.
“For him to run under 18 minutes as a junior, that’s impressive,” Amery coach Paul Enslin said. “He had to take time off of training (for surgery), but then halfway through the season he kept working and his times just kept cutting down.”
Claiming the individual state title was East Troy senior Henry Chapman who finished more than 12 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor with a time of 15:59.3.
Valders was the team champion.
Valders 98, Notre Dame 114, East Troy 138, Wisconsin Lutheran 157, McFarland 158, Jefferson 167, Shorewood 172, La Crosse Logan 207, Platteville 215, Grafton 253, Freedom 268, Winneconne 289, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 302, Osceola 311, New London 314, St. Croix Central 325