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On to State! Boys CC Team, Three Charger Girls Qualify for State Meet; Nelson Wins Individual Title

The ACGC cross country runners had a banner day at the cross country state qualifying meet in Holstein on Thursday, as the boys' team qualified for the state meet and three individual girls also finished in the top fifteen to qualify. The top three teams and the top fifteen individuals in both the boys' and girls' meets qualified for the state meet.

The Charger girls missed qualifying as a team by TWO POINTS with 93 total points, finishing fourth behind Logan-Magnolia (63 points), Alta-Aurelia (77 points), and Ft. Dodge St. Edmonds (91 points). Seven girl harriers ran for the Chargers, led by Kate Crawford who finished second overall with a time of 19:33.76. She was followed by Emma Swanson who ran the course in 20:24.27, earning a fourth place finish. Lauren Embleton was the third ACGC runner to qualify for the state meet, running the course in a time of 20:50.96 which was good for seventh place. Two other girls figured in the scoring, with Keely Vasey finishing thirty-fourth in 23:08,51, and Sabrina Ure finishing forty-sixth with a time of 23:41.17. Jackie Truillo-Garcia (25:09.57-60th place) and Alyson Embleton (25:56.51-70th) rounded out the Charger squad.

Coach Shawgo had mixed feelings about the results of the girls' race. "The weather was perfect for the meet on a fairly fast course with a lot of rolling hills. You could tell right away that the girls race was dominated by four teams. Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the team scores by two points. It was a bittersweet moment, as we were able to get Kate Crawford, Emma Swanson, and Lauryn Embleton to the state meet, but weren't able to take the team as a whole."

After finishing second, third or fourth in the previous eight meets this fall, Noah Nelson turned in a masterful performance and won the state qualifier in a time of 16:48.82. The next four Charger runners were bunched together in 21st, 22nd, 25th, and 27th place to enable the team to finish in second place with 96 points. Tri-Center (Neola) won with 88 points and Council Bluffs St. Albert was third with 119. Garrett Young led the ACGC pack in 21st place with a time of 18:18.81, followed closely by Quenton Spack (18:23.14-22nd), Clay Billheimer (18:30.55-26th), and Carter Schildberg (18:32.27-28th). Easton Benson (19:07.76-40th) and Ben Young(19:45.97-61st) also ran for the Chargers.

Shawgo had these comments about the boys' meet: "The boys' race was much less nerve wracking. It really came down to a two team race between Tri-Center and us. We weren't able to edge them out this meet, but were very close to back-to-back district championships. It is really exciting for the boys to be going back again (to the state meet) as a team, but even more exciting is that Noah Nelson won the district individual championship. He ran a perfect strategic race to beat a couple of other ranked opponents. I can safely say that Noah's first ever individual title came at exactly the right time for us."

The state meets for both boys and girls will be held at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Ft. Dodge on Saturday, October 29th. The Class 1A girls' meet will begin at 2 PM, while the Class 1A boys' meet is scheduled for 2:30 PM.

Team Scoring (top 10):

Girls Scoring Boys Scoring

Logan-Magnolia 63 Tri-Center 88

Alta-Aurelia 77 ACGC 96

St. Edmund's 91 St. Albert 119

ACGC 93 Sibley- Och. 140

Tri-Center 134 Sioux Central 168

Ridge View 160 South O'Brien 189

Boyer Valley 189 Woodbine 220

South O'Brien 197 Boyer Valley 250

Lawton-Bronson 117 Remsen St. M. 263

St. Albert 270 Alta-Aurelia 271

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