Waukon cross country girls finish one place shy of qualifying for State Meet

Key to bringing the Waukon girls cross country team to the brink of State Meet qualification with its fourth-place team finish at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet in New Hampton Thursday, October 23 was the pack running featured in the photo above. Left to right, sophomore Katelynn Griffith, freshman Gabby Marti and sophomore Grace Blocker help each other attack an early hill in their State Qualifying race. Marti ended up 24th in the 87-runner race in a time of 17:20.80, with Griffith placing 31st in 17:44.80 and Blocker coming in 40th in 18:20.60.

The Waukon girls cross country team was within just a single team placewinning of qualification for this year’s Class 2A State Cross Country Meet, the Lady Indians finishing fourth as a team at their Thursday, October 23 Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by New Hampton High School at the New Hampton Golf and Country Club. The Tribe tallied 155 points for their best overall team finish of the season, 52 points shy of the third-place finish required for State Meet qualification and earned by North Fayette Valley Thursday with a team score of 103 points.
“What a team effort! It is really hard to describe the performance the girls had at districts and I could not be more proud of what they accomplished this season,” Waukon girls cross country coach Brett Egan beamed. “Through their hard work, they took a huge step forward in the right direction for the cross country program. From ninth place a year ago to finishing one spot away from qualifying for State, I could not have asked for more from them. A week ago, our varsity all finished under 20 minutes. At this meet, we finished with all runners under 19 minutes and that speaks to the level of team effort the girls had. Across the board, the girls had season best times.”

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