Bloomquist runs to 4th at state meet

Tanner Mayer, Criterion Reporter

Craig senior Bryan Bloomquist achieved a personal best in the WIAA alternate fall season state cross country meet, achieving a fourth-place finish. 

Runners from across Wisconsin converged on Blackhawk Golf Course in Janesville’s Palmer Park to compete for the state championship on Saturday, May 8.

Bloomquist finished with a time of 15:46, an improvement of 0.09 seconds from his previous personal best achieved in his sophomore year.

He is also a four-time state qualifier and a two-time state medalist.

Cross country coach Brandon Miles was impressed with Bloomquist’s performance.

“He gave it everything he had on Saturday because he wanted to close out his cross country career on a high note in front of his hometown fans. That may have been the most tired he’s ever been after a race,” said Miles.

“The time isn’t a school record, but it is very, very fast!” added Miles. “It is Bryan’s fastest time this season.”  

Bloomquist is an experienced runner, and he takes on the role of a mentor for his teammates.

“as the season progresses, the races get more important,” said Miles. 

“He really focused on helping mentor his teammates during races. As sectionals and state rolled around, he was in great shape and knew that the better he ran, the better off his team would be.”

 

Bloomquist’s time ranks him among the elite high school runners in Wisconsin, but he does not plan on competing in college.

“Bryan had a lot of opportunities to run in college and at the Division 1 level,” said Miles. “However, he’s got other plans and is going to end his running career after his senior track season here at Craig.”

Instead, he will pursue other passions.

“He has a strong passion for cars and engines and is going to study high-performance automotive in college,” said Miles.

Bloomquist showed everyone what high performance looks like.