CASCADE – A handful of individual qualifiers clinched state spots on Thursday as the Class 1A and Class 2A team ran their state-qualifying races.

Prince of Peace and Easton Valley took to Cascade for their chance at a trip to Fort Dodge.

Blount ran a 17:36 in his race to take the runner-up individual position and clinch his third straight trip to the state championships.

Blount is returning to Fort Dodge, finishing right outside placing last season.

“I think last year, getting out to state and finishing right outside that podium spot, it really motivated him to get out and do a lot more running in the offseason,” Prince of Peace coach Owen Howard said earlier this season. “It’s got him focused this year on getting top 15.”

Aidan Gruver from Easton Valley got his second state berth of his career. After missing state by one place his junior season, Gruver finished in 18:13 on Thursday for a fifth place finish individually and a trip to state.

Gruver is also participating in the Iowa 8-man state playoffs for the River Hawks currently.

“There is no better feeling than knowing that all the work you have put into a sport pays off in you going to state,” Gruver said earlier this week.

On the girls’ side, Madison Schnier was the only competitor for the Irish, coming in at 25:44 in 33rd place.

Easton Valley’s Lindsey Rueter finished her race in 25:50 for the River Hawks.

Camanche and Northeast ran at Anamosa on Thursday in the Class 2A races. The sole qualifier for the boys was Northeast junior Carter Jargo. Jargo clocked in at 17:22 in ninth place to grab an individual qualifying spot.

Teammate Parker Messerich was the next to cross for the Rebels, coming in at 18:34 in 25th. Daniel Rowland finished 31st for the Rebels. Northeast took a sixth place team finish.

Camanche’s Lucas Goble crossed first for the Storm, finishing in 18:57. Andrew Butt came in at 19:38 on Thursday, missing a repeat state appearance.

The Northeast girls finished fifth as a team on Thursday at Anamosa Middle School. Leading the Rebels was Cenady Soenksen, who crossed the finish line at 20:40. Soenksen earned a fifth place finish with her time and a state qualifying spot.

Just missing a state spot was Natalie Krogman. Krogman was two placed away, finishing 17th in 21:11.

“I think they’re finally coming into their stride,” Northeast head coach Trenton Weaver said about the girls earlier this year. “They’re realizing they want to take it seriously. This year, it’s started to open their eyes and they’ve seen the potential.”

Clinton’s Camryn Sattler is the other individual qualifier in our area after placing in the Class 4A state-qualifying meet on Wednesday.

Sattler will run in Fort Dodge in the 4A race Friday, Oct. 29. Blount, Gruver, Jargo and Soenksen will take to the state course on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Class 3A/4A

BETTENDORF – Clinton sophomore Camryn Sattler grabbed her second straight state cross country berth on Wednesday afternoon, finishing fourth at the state-qualifying meet at Crow Creek Park.

The River Queens and Kings ran at the park in Bettendorf, hosting by Pleasant Valley. The home team took home top individual and team performance in the varsity girls race, and were team runner-ups on the boys’ side.

Sattler finished the race, hosted by Pleasant Valley, in 19:21. That was just four second behind the third place finisher from Pleasant Valley.

“She’s a grinder and really works hard in practice,” Clinton head coach Kellen Schneeberger said about his top female runner after she earned all-conference honors at the Mississippi Athletic Conference Championships last week. “This being her second year and having a little more notoriety has been a new challenge for her but she’s done a nice job of focusing on what she can control and on her race.”

Abby Struble and Madelyn Robinson both cracked the top 50, Robinson finishing in 22:12 and Struble coming in at 22:15.

The Queens finished eighth as a team overall out of ten. Amara Shepard finished in 23:35 and HAttie Nickles rounded out the scoring with a 24:21.

Conner Sattler was the top finisher on the boys’ side with the Kings coming in ninth as a team. Sattler crossed at 18:38, finishing in the top 50 competitors.

Not far off from Sattler was Riley Mercado and Ethan Buer. The two finished at 18:52.

Luke Jennings came in at 19:11 and Jeremy Galloway was next at 19:21.

Camryn Sattler will run in the Class 4A state race next Friday in Fort Dodge.

“This team was so much fun to be around,” Coach Schneeberger said. “They had a great personality, work ethic and truly had a great spirit. It’s going to be tough seeing these senios turn in their uniform. “

The Central DeWitt Sabers also ran on Wednesday, taking on a Solon course for their state qualifying tries.

Caleb Olson was the top finisher for the boys. Olson, a freshman, clocked in at 18:11.1.

Ben Zimmer finished in 39th on Wednesday, running the race in 18:31.5.

Freshman Julie Fielding was the first to cross for the Sabers on the girls’ side. Fielding finished in 22:55.3, just outside of the top 50. Jenny Clausen ran a 23:22 and Eliza Petersen had a 23:52 on the day.

“So many improvements for everyone throughout the season,” the Central DeWitt cross country Twitter handle said after the meets, also mentioning the personal bests for every member of the varsity girls’ team.

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