MASON CITY - The Marshalltown girls cross country team continues to run without the services of its second best runner, but sophomore Rachel Blagg did her best Thursday to keep the Bobcats afloat in the team standings.
Blagg posted a fifth place finish at the Gene Balk Invitational in Mason City, but the Bobcats scored 105 points as a team and just edged Clear Lake for fourth.
Blagg came across the line in 16 minutes, 10 seconds, but the next best finisher was nearly a minute after that. Michaela Huey was 19th overall in 17:01, Victoria Jones took 23rd in 17:29 and the final two scorers were Ellyn Boland and Kari Smith. The Bobcats used just five runners Thursday.
Class 4A No. 11 Cedar Falls had all seven of its runners finish in the top 11. Fourth ranked Allison Gregg was the winner in 14:40 and sixth ranked Brianna King took second in 15:02. Cedar Falls also grabbed sixth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th.
Waterloo West was second with 45 points, while Mason City was third and finished seven points ahead of Marshalltown.
The Marshalltown junior varsity also placed fourth Thursday with 119 points. Thalia Chavarria was the top finisher for the Bobcats as she came across 18th in 18:55. Joan Kester was 21st, Abigail Saucedo was 25th, Sabrina Daugherty was 27th and Erin Carmichael ended up 28th.
Cedar Falls also won the junior varsity portion of the night with a perfect score. It ended up with 15 points and all seven runners finished in the top eight.