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GC/G-R makes it three-straight

6 local runners, Spartan boys punch tickets to state meet

PHOTO BY TROY HYDE/NEWTON NEWS - West Marshall junior Nicolas Thompson, right, runs his way to sixth place in a time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds, at Thursday’s Class 2A state-qualifying cross country meet in Williamsburg.

EAGLE GROVE — It’s three years running for Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s boys team. GC/G-R finished third as a team in Thursday’s State Qualifer event in Eagle Grove to make state for the third-straight season.

Led by Kenny Day’s fifth-place finish with a time of 17:41.29, GC/G-R finished with a team score of 109 and four top-30 results.

Paul Brockett came in 18th place and ran an 18:28.17, while Brennan Sager ran in 24th place with a time of 18:48.58. GC/G-R finished nine total points ahead of Forest City for the final team qualifying spot, in part thanks to the 29th-place finish of Soren Cleveland.

The GC/G-R girls had a tough go of it, finishing in 11th as a team and ending their season in Eagle Grove.

Leading GC/G-R was Taylor Stahl, who came in 29th place with a run of 23:09.98. She was the team’s only top-30 finisher.

The GC/G-R boys will compete in the Class 2A state meet on Oct. 31 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Trojans’ Thompson qualifies

WILLIAMSBURG — A week after winning the Heart of Iowa Conference meet at Saydel, West Marshall junior Nicolas Thompson qualified for the Class 2A state meet on Thursday afternoon with a sixth-place finish in Williamsburg.

Thompson finished his race in 17:41.0, more than 20 seconds to the good for the individual qualifiers. He was the only West Marshall boys’ runner to finish inside the top-40, with the second-best finisher for the Trojans — Dylan Thompson — placing 49th with a time of 20:43.1. The Trojans finished eighth out of 11 scoring teams.

The West Marshall girls were led by sophomore Emelia Hauser, who finished 16th with a time of 21:32.1, 11 seconds away from qualifying for state. Lilly Buck ran 22nd in 22:07.4 to round out the notable scores from the Trojans, who finished in sixth place out of eight full teams Thursday.

Thompson takes to the course at state in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31.

North Tama qualifies trio, Comets advance one

MANLY — North Tama didn’t have enough runners to compete for a state appearance as a team — but in limited numbers, the Redhawks will be well-represented in Fort Dodge next weekend.

Grace Lidgett and Jules Breakenridge qualified for the girls’ team, while Sam Snyder finished third in the boys’ event with a time of 17:19.44 to qualify as well.

Lidgett was the victor of the girls’ race, running a 20:30.26 to win by over 15 seconds. Breakenridge came in eighth place, finishing in 21:32.86 to be safely in as a qualifier.

BCLUW’s top individual finisher in the girls’ event was Emma Hoover, who ran 33rd with a time of 23:18.62.

In the boys’ event, the team finished fifth at 123 — 33 points behind West Fork in the Comets’ bid to qualify as a team. But a 10th-place run from Henry Kaisand saw the junior qualify for state with a time of 17:48.48. Cayden McLeland was next for BCLUW, finishing 26th in 19:11.74.

GMG’s best runner in the girls’ event was 20th-placed Angel Schewe, who ran a time of 22:23.91 and finished just 17 seconds outside of qualifying. GMG finished 11th out of 13 teams in the boys’ standings, led by Austin Vaverka and Jarrett Hornberg in 56th and 57th place, respectively.

North Tama and BCLUW’s qualifiers will run Oct. 31 at state in Fort Dodge.

Johnson to represent Meskwaki

PACKWOOD — Meskwaki made history Thursday afternoon as Shye Johnson qualified for the Class 1A state cross country meet at the Pekin state qualifier.

Finishing in ninth place and running a 22:45.9, Johnson qualified with a full minute to spare. She becomes the first Warrior to qualify for the state cross country meet, according to the Meskwaki broadcast team, who congratulated Johnson with a Tweet after the event.

The Meskwaki boys also ran Thursday, with Zayton Weninger-Brown coming in 40th place with a time of 20:53.0.

Johnson will run Oct. 31 in the state meet at Fort Dodge.

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