OTTUMWA - In his first season as a cross country runner, BCLUW's Cole Silver will run at the state meet.
The Comet senior - along with teammate Derek Coulter - found his way into the top 10 here Thursday. In fact, Silver came across in second place and was just six seconds behind champion Evan Mahler of Highland.
Mahler hit the finish line in 16 minutes, 10 seconds, while Silver finished in 16:16 to advance to his first-ever Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships. Coulter, a seasoned runner and previous state qualifier for the Comets, ended up eighth with a time of 16:38.
Ben Kuhl just missed qualifying for the state meet after claiming 14th in 17:08. Tanner Teske was 43rd overall. The Comets were fourth with 124 points.
G-R's Bovy takes 14th
EAGLE?GROVE - Backed by individual champion Peyton Twedt and three others in the top 20, the West Fork boys cross country team scored the team title here Thursday.
West Fork finished with 64 points, which easily distanced runner-up Bishop Garrigan, who ended up with 113 points. The final team qualifier was Eagle Grove with 130 points.
The top area finisher was Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Tyler Bovy, who came across in 14th place.
Bovy hit the line in 17 minutes, 32 seconds. That time was 32 seconds shy of the 10th and final qualifying spot.
Grundy Center was the top area team as the Spartans got a 29th-place finish from Finn Cleveland and ended up 14th.
Led by Steve Cutler's 18th place finish, Colo-NESCO was 18th.
Espen Cleveland of Grundy Center also was 47th, while GMG's top runner was Jeff Hughes in 80th. Josh Raymond of GMG also was 89th.
Watson wins 1A regional
JESUP - North Tama junior Abi Watson cruised to the individual title in a Class 1A state-qualifying meet here Thursday evening.
After placing 10th at last year's state meet, Watson advances to the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships next weekend after crossing the finish line in 15 minutes, 17 seconds. She easily beat runner-up Nicole Miller of North Linn, who crossed in 15:30.
The Redhawks were seventh as a team with 232 points.
Comet girls denied state
OTTUMWA - The top three positions in the Pekin state qualifier went to the host team and all seven runners finished in the first 29 positions, giving Pekin the team title with 36 points.
Lynnville-Sully also had four runners in the top 16 to take runner-up honors with 74 points. Durant was third with 118 points, while Colfax-Mingo was fourth (151) and BCLUW fifth (157).
Becca Steckelberg led the Comets with a 17th-place finish, while Amelia Tonner was 22nd overall. Jenna Willett was the third Comet runner to finish, placing 28th.
Empty trip to Eagle Grove
EAGLE GROVE - The Grundy Center girls scored the best area finish with two runners in the top 20 positions. The Spartans were ninth overall with 206 points, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck was 11th with 290 points.
Grundy Center's Hannah Stumberg placed 18th in 17:34, while Tiana Saak was 22nd with a time of 17:55.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck was led by Nicole Adair's 25th-place finish in 18:01.
Colo-NESCO's top runner was Grace Stalzer in 70th.