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Sports Spotlight: Tomahawk fueled by young runnersSubmitted: 09/24/2018

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TOMAHAWK - Monday's practice was just a light run for the Tomahawk Hatchets.

But that doesn't mean Drew Bolder or Haley Voermans-Dean took the day off.

"As a leader and the No. 1 runner, I try and just make sure that everyone's feeling good, keeping everyone upbeat and seeing what we can do," Bolder said.

Both Bolder and Voermans-Dean won the first cross-country meets of their high school careers this year, something most runners graduate without ever doing.

"In the last thousand, I kind of pulled away and I didn't really realize I was going to win it until the end," Voermans-Dean said.


Bolder made the all-conference team last season as a freshman, finishing seventh in the Great Northern Conference meet. Voermans-Dean was even closer, finishing fifth in the GNC meet and missing out on state by just under six seconds.

"Personally, state has always been something I've wanted." Voermans-Dean said.

Head coach John Zuelsdorf believes his star runners can not only get to state but measure up to an even higher standard.

"They're in the upper echelon of the athletes we've had over the years," Zuelsdorf said. "I mean, we've had a lot of success with teams and individuals in the last three decades, but in the last 10 years they're the cream of the crop."

And Bolder hopes his teammates can get to that level too.

"I try and push everyone else on the team and have everyone push themselves as much as they can," Bolder said.

The Great Northern Conference meet is October 13 in Rhinelander.

The state meet is two weeks after that in Wisconsin Rapids.


Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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MOSINEE 42 VS. RHINELANDER: 21
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