Indians capture title
ORANGE CITY – The Pocahontas Area girls claimed three Top-10 medals in earning a Class 2A team title here Thursday.
The Indians, who won a state title two years ago and are ranked second behind Monticello, will try to win another one next Saturday when they compete with the rest of the qualifiers at state in Fort Dodge. This marks their fourth consecutive appearance at state as a team.
Grace Meyer placed third in 19:38, while Jill Vonnahme was sixth in 19:58. Faith Meyer finished ninth, with Elle Ruffridge placing 14th and Katie Berte 25th.
The Meyer twins and Ruffridge claimed a state title this past winter in basketball, while the trio ran on the state cross country team with Berte in 2014. They won the 1A title that fall.
Okoboji was second, 29 points behind Pocahontas Area. Unity Christian nabbed the third qualifying spot.
South Central Calhoun finished eighth overall, with senior Megan Hardy placing 19th to lead the Titans.
East Sac County’s Morgan Sholty was the highest finisher for the Raiders, placing 54th.
Gidel, Wildcats headed to state
SPENCER – Freshman Bryce Gidel’s incredible season for Humboldt will include a trip to state, as she earned another individual title here Thursday in a Class 3A qualifier.
Thanks to Gidel’s first place finish, the Wildcats were able to advance as a team, placing second to Sioux City Heelan.
Gidel clocked a time of 18:50, over 26 seconds ahead of runner-up Kourtney Delperdang from Spirit Lake, who was the state silver medalist a year ago. Teammate Gabby Kent was fourth in 19:30, while Isabella Luu was sixth in 19:42.
Lauren Erickson, Kate Curran and Emily Schaffer were 25th, 26th and 27th for Humboldt.
Algona, which placed seventh, will send Morgan VanZante to state after she finished 14th in 20:22.
Webster City’s top finisher was Larae Ebrecht in 45th, while Greene County’s Bailey Cunningham placed 41st.
Heelan had 54 team points, while Humboldt finished with 62 – five ahead of Spencer, who also advanced.
Eagles qualify one
ANKENY – The Eagle Grove girls advanced one runner to state, but just missed out on more.
After finishing fourth overall behind Mason City Newman, Colo-Nesco and West Fork, the Eagles will be represented by freshman Megan Schafer, who placed 10th overall. Schafer finished in 21:44.
Jana Willard, a senior, just missed out on advancing, placing 16th in 22:29.
Emmetsburg earns team bid
GARNER – The Emmetsburg girls cross country team secured a third place finish here Thursday, advancing to the Class 2A state meet.
South Winneshiek was first and Osage was second. South Winneshiek had the individual champion in Josie Kriener and runner-up in Felicity Taylor.
Raven Brown placed fifth overall for the E-Hawks in 20:07, while Hailey Foxhoven was eighth in 20:38.
Ashley Overberg and Gabrielle Janssen finished 13th and 14th.
Clarion-Goldfield/Dows placed 12th overall, as Katherine Lopez finished 70th.
Jondle leads Jags to fifth
ATLANTIC – The Southeast Valley girls finished fifth overall here Thursday, just 24 points behind state qualifier Roland-Story.
Shenandoah-Essex won team gold, with Underwood placing second. Underwood’s Karley Larson was the individual champion.
Leading the way for the Jaguars was Katara Jondle, who placed 20th overall in 23:52. Emma Graves was 24th and Alli True 25th, while Tessa Berg finished 34th and Emma Hunter 36th.