The Marshalltown boys' and girls' cross country teams will both compete against three state-ranked teams at the Class 4A state-qualifying meet Oct. 18 at Marshalltown Community College.
The Bobcat boys will run against No. 4 Linn Mar, No. 6 Cedar Falls and No. 11 Waterloo West, as well as five other schools. The MHS girls have to face No. 4 Linn-Mar, No. 14 Cedar Falls and No. 15 Ankeny.
The top individual runners in the 4A state-qualifying meet will be top-ranked boys Josh Evans and top-ranked girl Stephanie Jenks, both of Linn-Mar. Cedar Falls' best runner is ninth-ranked Jaime Zarate. The girls race also will feature Cedar Falls standouts Allison Greg and Brianna King, who are ranked third and seventh, respectively.
Marshalltown senior Zach Wells is a returning state qualifier, and sophomore Rachel Blagg has a strong chance to qualify for state on the girls side.
The area teams in Class 1A also will be in Marshalltown at MCC. That list includes BCLUW, Colo-NESCO, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, GMG, Grundy Center, Meskwaki Settlement School and North Tama.
The boys will run against four ranked teams in No. 3 Denver, No. 4 Dike-New Hartford, No. 8 BCLUW and No. 14 North Butler. The girls will have to run against No. 4 Eagle Grove, No. 8 Dike-New Hartford and No. 9 Denver.
State-Qualifying Meet Assignments
Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Linn-Mar, Marshalltown, Mason City, Newton, Ottumwa, Southeast Polk, Waterloo West.
Benton Community, Carlisle, Centerville, Chariton, Clarke, Fairfield, Grinnell, Knoxville, Nevada, Oskaloosa, Pella, South Tama County, Williamsburg.
At Iowa State University, Ames
Aplington-Parkersburg, Bondurant-Farrar, Central Springs, Clarion-Goldfield, East Marshall, Forest City, Gilbert (host), Hampton-Dumont, Madrid, North Iowa, Osage, Roland-Story, South Hamilton, South Hardin, West Marshall.
BCLUW, Belle Plaine, Belmond-Klemme, BGM, CAL, Colfax-Mingo, Colo-NESCO, CWL, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Eagle Grove, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, GMG, Grandview Park Baptist, Grundy Center, HLV, Lake Mills, Meskwaki Settlement, Montezuma, Newman Catholic, North Butler, North Iowa, North Tama, Ogden, Rockford, St. Ansgar, Southeast Webster-Grand, West Fork.
Dike-New Hartford's John Crew is ranked No. 10 and Denver's Kyle Kehoe 11th on the boy's side, while Denver's Kelsey Kirchoff is the only top 10 runner in the girl's race as she is ranked No. 6.
In Class 3A, South Tama County will run against 12 other schools in Pella. The boys' race will feature No. 3 Pella, No. 6 Grinnell and No. 11 Knoxville. On the girl's side, Grinnell is ranked sixth and Pella is ranked ninth.
Individually, two runners on both sides are ranked in the top 10. Pella's Evan Jones is ranked No. 7 and Knoxville's Wick Cunningham is No. 9. The girls' race features No. 4 Bailey Blythe of Oskaloosa and No. 9 Olivio Gallo of Grinnell.
AGWSR runs with Iowa Falls-Alden, which will compete in Waverly Shell-Rock.
All three of the area's Class 2A teams will be at Iowa State University in a meet hosted by Gilbert.
The state-qualifying meet will feature 15 schools, including West Marshall, East Marshall and South Hardin. Ranked teams on the boys side include No. 5 Gilbert, No. 9 Osage and No. 14 North Iowa. The ranked girls' squads include No. 3 Gilbert, No. 10 Roland-Story, No. 11 South Hamilton and No. 15 East Marshall.
The Gilbert boys have the only two individual runners ranked in the top 10. Thomas Pollard is ranked third and Wesley Greder is No. 10. Gilbert's Sadie Thomas is ranked No. 3 on the girl's side, while South Hardin freshman Lydia Rose is sixth and South Hamilton's Kayla Lucas is No. 8.
The state-qualifying meets all will take place Oct. 18. The meet at MCC will begin at 3:30 p.m. because there are two classes running. All other locations will start at 4 p.m. The top three teams and the top 10 individuals advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge.