Sophomore Bryce Hosting crossed the finish line in 21st overall in the varsity race. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Sophomore Bryce Hosting crossed the finish line in 21st overall in the varsity race. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

With a full field, the Decorah boys and girls cross country teams raced to the head of the pack Thursday night at the Western Dubuque Invite.



First place

The varsity girls, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, claimed the Epworth championship, posting a score of 61. They had an average time of 16:51, with a spread of only 38 seconds.

Cascade was right behind the Vikes, taking second with 71 points.

Decorah had two harriers finish in the top-10. Stef Bjerke, who is ranked No. 19 in Class 3A, finished fifth overall in 16:34. Her average mile time was 6:40. Right behind her was teammate and fellow junior Gara Lonning. Lonning, ranked No. 24, posted a time of 16:34 and a mile average of 6:40 to take sixth.

In 11th was Linnea Kepart. The junior No. 25-ranked runner had a time of 16:49, with a mile time of 6:46.

Amanda Taylor and Lydia Hayes crossed the finish line together. Taylor was 19th in 17:06 with an average mile of 6:53. Hayes had a time of 17:12 and an average of 6:55, coming in 20th.

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