Qualifying for the Trojans are Josine Gossling and Ryan Izer. Both sophomores are first-time participants. (Photo courtesy Tammy Vrzak)
They're headed back to the big time.
For the 21st and 29th times in school history, respectively, the Decorah girls and boys cross country teams are headed to the state cross country meet.
The girls and boys teams, which are both ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, earned automatic bids to state after both won state-qualifying meet titles Thursday in Waverly.
Also running at state are two individuals from Turkey Valley. Representing the girls is sophomore Josine Gossling, who finished 10th at the state qualifying meet site in Starmont. Ryan Izer, sophomore, will represent the boys. Izer finished ninth at the state qualifying meet to advance. It is the first time for both running at state.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals from each qualifying site advanced to the state meet.
The state cross country meet is Saturday, Oct. 27, in Fort Dodge at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. The 3A girls run at 12 p.m., with the boys at 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is at 1:20 p.m. Gossling will run at 2 p.m., with Izer competing at 2:30 p.m. (see page B-4 for the complete details).
The girls team is aiming for its fifth state title in school history after claiming its seventh straight regional/state qualifying crown. The girls won state in 1976, '80, '82 and '07.
The girls won the race with 34 points Thursday in Waverly. Also qualifying from the site were No. 6 Dubuque Wahlert, which was second with 87 points; and No. 15 Crestwood in third with 110 points.
The Vikes posted an average time of 15:57 and had a spread of just 19 seconds.
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