IOWA CITY — Cedar Falls’ girls’ cross country team earned a trip to the state meet with a runner-up finish in the Class 4A regional held at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course Thursday.
The Tigers posted a team score of 64 while Iowa City West was the regional champion with 29 points.
Cedar Falls had two runners place among the top 10. Mackenzie Michael was third and Anna Hertz ninth. Two more Tigers cracked the top 20 with Paige Kvale finishing 12th and Meg Schmitz 18th.
Iowa City West’s Bailey Nock was the medalist with a time of 18:34.3, nearly a minute better than anyone else.
In the boys’ race, Cedar Falls wasn’t among the top three teams that advanced to state, finishing fourth, but two Tigers qualified individually by placing among the top 15. Brandon Conrad was third overall and Caleb Burjes ninth.
The state cross country meet is Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge.
AT MANCHESTER: Decorah won both the girls’ and boys’ titles to advance both teams to state while Charles City’s girls also qualified.
Individually, Katie Nimrod of Decorah was the girls’ medalist while Shayla Betts was seventh, Jenna Galligan 11th, Meg Sessions 13th and Sarah Mikkelson 15th. Other individual qualifiers included Kiki Connell of Charles City (second), Aubrie Fisher of Iowa Falls-Alden-AGWSR (third), Ellie Meyer of Iowa Falls-Alden-AGWSR (ninth), Emma Hoins of Waverly-Shell Rock (10th) and MaKenzy Bilharz of Charles City (14th).
Andrew Kephart and Gus Hayes led the Decorah boys with second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Waverly-Shell Rock’s Sam Kepford was fourth and Charles City’s Gavin Connell, Mason Deeter and Nick Letterer also advanced to state by placing seventh, eighth and ninth.
AT DIKE: South Hardin’s boys earned a spot at state with a third-place finish. Individual qualifiers included Lake LeBahn of Union (second), Seth Wibben of Dike-New Hartford (ninth), Bryden Juelsgaard of Crestwood (10th), Nathan Martinek of Crestwood (13th) and Nolan Usher of New Hampton (14th).
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Crestwood was the girls’ champion, led by a 1-2 finish from Ellie Friesen and Cassidy Ihns. Hope Dohlman was fourth and Rachel Steffen 14th. Jesup’s Emily Treptow (sixth), Hampton-Dumont’s Patty Teggatz (eighth), Jesup’s Mara Moore (11th), North Fayette Valley’s Brynn Gamm (12th), Dike-New Hartford’s Ellie Foster (13th) and New Hampton’s Olivia Burke (15th) were individual qualifiers.
AT PELLA: Grundy Center-Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Derek Ciddio qualified for state with a ninth-place finish, while Lily Ehlers (seventh) and Reagan Zinkula (12th) advanced to state in the girls’ race.
AT EAGLE GROVE: South Winneshiek will send its girls’ and boys’ teams to state after the girls’ won the regional championship and the boys finished second.
The Warriors’ Felicity Taylor was the individual champion, while Melissa Ward finished 14th and Ashley Kriener 16th. Among the girls’ individual qualifiers were Kori Wedeking of Clarksville (second), Macy Niewoehner of Sumner-Fredericksburg (fifth), Addy Carlson of St. Ansgar (sixth) and Aubrey Eick of Nashua-Plainfield (ninth).
Derek Dietzenbach paced South Winn’s boys with a third-place run, Paul Hageman was sixth and Paxten DeVilbiss ninth. Individual qualifiers included Brock Dietz of Nashua-Plainfield (fifth) and Alec Hirsch of Wapsie Valley (11th).
AT PEKIN: Hudson and Denver advanced both their girls’ and boys’ teams to state. Hudson won the girls’ race with Denver second and Hudson was second and Denver third in the boys’ competition.
Jenna Twait was the individual winner for the Hudson girls with Grace Jorgensen fifth, Morgan Hansen 12th and Sophie Selenke 14th. Denver was led by Caroline Stokes in eighth and Natalie Even in 11th.
Wyatt Kelly was second and Alan Jackson fifth for Hudson in the boys’ race with Denver’s Colin Beck 10th. Don Bosco’s Zach Nie took medalist honors to lead the individual qualifiers, while Valley Lutheran’s Owen Dawson was 13th.
AT SOLON: Starmont finished second in the boys’ race to qualify for state. Caleb Wittman and Mitchell Hayes were 13th and 14th, respectively, for the Stars.
Starmont’s Bianca Malone qualified with a 13th-place finish in the girls’ race.