FORT DODGE — Five individuals placed in the top eight and the Prince of Peace Irish boys placed fourth to highlight the area performances at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course Saturday.

Northeast High School sophomore Morgan Casey was the highest area finisher, living up to her No. 3 ranking with a third-place finish in the girls Class 1A race.

Seventh-ranked Prince of Peace junior Drew Sikkema placed fourth in the boys 1A race while fourth-ranked Maquoketa junior Trisha Miller placed fourth in the girls 3A race.

Also in the boys 1A race Bellevue Marquette junior Brandt Moore, ranked 16th, placed seventh and ninth-ranked Prince of Peace junior Riley Bly finished eighth.

Casey was only beaten by the Dinsdale twins, top-ranked Blaire (14:01) and second-ranked Brooke (14:05), of Traer North Tama. Casey ran a personal-best time of 14:39, an improvement of almost a minute over her performance last year at state when she had a time of 15:30.80 and placed 14th as a freshman.

“It’s a minute faster than I ran last year, so I’m really excited,” Casey said. “It’s more than 20 seconds better than my best time. My goal was to try to stay as close as possible to the Dinsdale twins.

“I wasn’t as close as I was hoping, but with my time I think I made up for it. I was running about fifth for about a mile, then I pulled up to fourth and then to third with about a half-mile left.”

Sikkema placed sixth at state a year ago with a time of 17 minutes even. Saturday he shattered that time with mark of 16:12. He was just 3 seconds behind the third-place runner and 5 seconds behind the runner-up. Class 1A state champion Aaron Vosberg of Gowrie Prairie Valley had a time of 15:56.

“I ran one of my best races this year,” Sikkema said. “The kids that beat me were just better runners today. I was pretty happy. I felt pretty good most of the race. I didn’t feel so good at the beginning, but after that it was really good.

“Sometimes it doesn’t fall the way you want it to as a team. But, we did really well this season. We accomplished a lot of our goals.”

Miller bettered her fifth-place effort at state a year ago and greatly improved her state time from 15:28.76 last season to 14:58 Saturday. It was her third straight trip to state as she placed 25th with a time of 16:06 in 2005.

Making his third straight state appearance Moore bettered his ninth-place finish a year ago and his time from 17:04 last season to 16:23 Saturday. He placed 22nd in 2005 with a time of 17:46.

Bly jumped up from a 27th-place finish at state a year ago and improved his state time from 17:31 to 16:34.

“I was aiming for top 10 and I was well under 17 minutes, which I was aiming for, so I felt real happy with what I did,” Bly said. “I felt like I went out too fast, but I knew it was state and the adrenaline just kept me going.

“Everyone on the team ran their best. That’s all we can ask for. We would have liked to finish higher, but we did what we could.”

Team-wise the third-ranked Irish moved up a spot from fifth at state a year ago with 144 points, compared to 221 last season.

Prince of Peace finished behind top-ranked Iowa City Regina (55 points), second-ranked Calmar South Winneshiek (82) and fourth-ranked Griswold (122).

The remainder of the Irish runners included Dan Schnier who placed 28th with a time of 17:20, Josh Lawrence who placed 77th with a time of 18:20, Eric Sikkema who placed 81st with a time of 18:24, Derek Witt who placed 87th with a time of 18:30 and Sean Jankowski who placed 90th with a time of 18:36.

It was the third straight state trip for Lawrence who has been plagued with asthma problems. He placed 35th at state in 2005 with a time of 17:59 and placed 33rd a year ago with a time of 17:41.

Schnier improved greatly from his state marks of a year ago when he finished 44th with a time of 17:52.

“We ran well. We had to run well, because the competition was ready,” Prince of Peace coach Dave Lawrence said. “We got 144 points. Last year that would have been first place. We couldn’t have done much better. Drew had a great time. Finishing fourth was a lot tougher than last year when he finished sixth. The race was a lot faster this year.

“Riley had a fabulous time. Getting in the top 10 was a lot tougher. It was pretty competitive this year. Danny had his best time. Derek Witt had his best run and Sean Jankowski had a great run too. The bad thing is that the teams that were in the top three in 2A we’ve beaten all year. Unfortunately the top teams in 1A were just too tough for us today.”

The 12th-ranked Central DeWitt boys placed 14th in Class 3A. Their top finisher was Seth Klinefelter who placed 49th with a time of 17:11.

The rest of the Sabers’ placings and times were: Nolan Knudson, 78th, 17:39; Ben Niemann, 81st, 17:41; Tom Dohrmann, 82nd, 17:41; Will Farrell, 83rd, 17:43; Mitchael Moreno, 85th, 17:47; Brandon Franck, 100th, 18:05.

Andrew’s 11th-ranked sophomore Anne Bruno placed 16th with a time of 15:14 and Bellevue Marquette junior Katie Flogel placed 44th with a time of 15:56 in the girls 1A race. Flogel placed 31st a year ago.

Camanche sophomore Codie Adams placed 47th with a time of 17:20 in the 2A boys race while Prince of Peace freshman Katie Isenhour, who was battling illness, placed 92nd with a time of 17:14 in the 1A girls race.

“Katie didn’t have her best day,” coach Lawrence said. “She was a little sick. She’s run much better. She’s got some good years ahead of her. She’ll benefit from this and she’ll be back.

“We had some good runners coming back, so we hope to come back next year.”

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Fort Dodge, Saturday

Results involving area competitors

Class 3A Boys

Team Scores

1, Cedar Rapids Xavier 69; 2, Pella 115; 3, Charles City 138; 4, Decorah 143; 5, Epworth Western Dubuque 165; 6, Winterset 186; 7, Spirit Lake 193; 8, Algona 220; 9, Spencer 224; 10, Vinton-Shellsburg 226; 11, Webster City 265; 12, Grinnell 266; 13, Mount Vernon-Lisbon 274; 14, Central DeWitt 289; 15, Atlantic 326.

Winner and Central DeWitt Results

1, Isaac Wendland (Charles City) 15:47; 49, Seth Klinefelter (Central) 17:11; 78, Nolan Knudson (Central) 17:39; 81, Ben Niemann (Central) 17:41; 82, Tom Dohrmann (Central) 17:41; 83, Will Farrell (Central) 17:43; 85, Mitchael Moreno (Central) 17:47; 100, Brandon Franck (Central) 18:05.

Class 3A Girls

Winner and Maquoketa Results

1, Danielle Nowasell (Grinnell) 14:24; 4, Trisha Miller (Maquoketa) 14:58.

Class 2A Boys

Winner and Camanche Results

1, Nate Dotterweich (Monticello) 16:22; 47, Codie Adams (Camanche) 17:20.

Class 1A Boys

Team Scores

1, Iowa City Regina 55; 2, Calmar South Winneshiek 82; 3, Griswold 122; 4, Prince of Peace 144; 5, Council Bluffs St. Albert 172; 6, Woodbine 203; 7, Fort Dodge St. Edmond 205; 8, Durant 209; 9, Westside Ar-We-Va 209; 10, Conrad BCLUW 226; 11, Pella Christian 234; 12, Gowrie Prairie Valley 268; 13, Woodward Academy 332; 14, Paullina South O’Brien 334; 15, Jackson Junction Turkey Valley 346.

Winner and area others

1, Aaron Vosberg (Gowrie Prairie Valley) 15:56; 4, Drew Sikkema (Prince of Peace) 16:12; 7, Brandt Moore (Bellevue Marquette) 16:23; 8, Riley Bly (Prince of Peace) 16:34; 28, Dan Schnier 17:20; 77, Josh Lawrence 18:20; 81, Eric Sikkema 18:24; 87, Derek Witt 18:30; 90, Sean Jankowski 18:36.

Class 1A Girls

Winner and area others

1, Blaire Dinsalde (Traer North Tama) 14:01; 3, Morgan Casey (Northeast) 14:39; 16, Anne Bruno (Andrew) 15:14; 44, Katie Flogel (Bellevue Marquette) 15:56; 92, Katie Isenhour (Prince of Peace) 17:14.