ON TO STATE! Waukon girls cross country team ends a decade of drought with first State Meet team qualification since 2006

Breaking a decade of drought ... Members of the Waukon girls cross country team display their State Meet qualifier banner earned with their third-place team finish and the certificate received by sophomore Katelyn Benzing for her All-District top-15 finish at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Dike-New Hartford Thursday, October 19. The team’s third-place finish marks the Waukon girls cross country team’s first State Meet qualification as a team since the 2006 season. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Ellec Armstead and Regan Griffith. Back row - Madalyn Marti, Megan O’Neill, Gabby Marti, Katelyn Benzing, Bailey Shafer and Coach Brett Egan. Photo courtesy of Dave Davies.

Waukon girls scheduled to compete at 2 p.m. this Saturday among Class 2A elite

The Waukon girls cross country team was able to end a streak of 10 consecutive seasons without qualifying as a team for the State Cross Country Meet when the Lady Indians ran to a third-place team finish to earn the final qualifying spot at their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Dike-New Hartford Thursday, October 19. Behind the strength of having all five of their scored runners place within the top 30 team-scored individuals, the Lady Indians claimed that third-place team finish with 96 team points behind third-rated Crestwood and sixth-rated Cascade.

The Waukon cross country girls are scheduled to compete in the Class 2A girls race at 1 p.m. this Saturday, October 28 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course about seven miles north of Fort Dodge. The season grand finale is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with the Class 4A girls race, with the Class 4A boys slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. That same schedule, every half hour, is planned to play out for Class 3A, 2A and then 1A, with the Class 2A Awards Ceremony slated to be held after the Class 1A girls race, at approximately 2:20 p.m., with that Class 1A girls race slated for a 2 p.m. start and featuring fellow Allamakee County high school Kee in its first team appearance at the State Meet since the 1996 season.

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