The Decorah boys (l-r) Noah Lovelace, Willem Hawley, Joseph Seo and Izaak Eichinger keep pace in the first mile of the state-qualifying race in Independence Thursday. (Photo by Becky Walz)
The Decorah boys (l-r) Noah Lovelace, Willem Hawley, Joseph Seo and Izaak Eichinger keep pace in the first mile of the state-qualifying race in Independence Thursday. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Look out Fort Dodge — Winneshiek County harriers are coming.

Three cross country teams qualified for the state cross country meet by placing in the top-three at their respective state-qualifying meets Thursday, Oct. 24.

Next up — a chance to earn a trophy, as all three will take the course in Fort Dodge for the state meet, Saturday, Nov. 2 (see box for details).


Your qualifiers

Decorah will send both its girls and boys teams to state. The girls will be running at state for the 28th time in school history, with the goal of bringing home their ninth Class 3A title. Ranked No. 5, Decorah placed second at its state-qualifying meet, held in Independence.

The Viking boys, ranked No. 8, earned their 36th spot at state, also taking second at Independence. They are aiming for their 16th title in school history.

The No. 7 South Winn boys punched their ticket to the state meet, winning the Class 1A state-qualifier in Cedar Falls. It’s the fourth year in a row they have qualified for state.

“Both of our teams put forth fantastic efforts and we could not be more pleased with their performances,” said SW coaches Kevin Kearney and Scott Conway. “There were some great teams and individuals at our meet. In addition, the course and conditions were quite challenging due to standing water and mud over the course. Our kids really handled it well and turned in their best performances of the season.”

The top-three teams and top-15 individuals from each qualifying site (five for each class) earned a spot at state.

 

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