Section 3A Meet Two area runners will continue their cross country season for another week after qualifying for the Class A State Meet during the Section 3A Meet, held Thursday in Adrian.
Mt. Lake Area junior Lydia Hildebrandt and Windom freshman Christianna Green will each advance to compete Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. It will be Hildebrandt's third time running at state while Green makes her first state appearance.
In the girls team competition, Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd won the team title with 66 points. Luverne also advanced, taking second with 70 points. Mt. Lake Area was ninth (229) and Windom finished 12th (314).
In the boys competition, Canby-Minneota-Lincoln HI won the team title with 69 points, edging runner-up Redwood Valley, which scored 71. Windom finished ninth (232) and MLA was 13th (312).
Hildebrandt and Green ran side-by-side much of the race Thursday, with Hildebrandt eventually pushing past Green at the finish for 11th place overall, finishing in a time of 15:47. Green took 12th in a time of 15:48. The two raced past MaKayla Edwards of Southwestern United at the finish. Edwards grabbed the final girls individual qualifying spot with a time of 15:49.
For Windom, Kara Thompson added a 50th-place time of 17:35. Faith Willard was 87th (18:58) with Mia Hockel 90th (19:08) and Sydney Erickson 98th (19:22).
For MLA's girls, Liana Blomgren added a 27th-place time of 16:43. Whitney Klassen finished 41st (17:16) followed by Brianna Soutthivong in 62nd (18:06) and Brooke Fast in 101st (19:43).
For the Windom boys, Clay Elness was the top finisher, taking 27th overall with a time of 18:18. Aaron Axford was close behind in 36th (18:41) followed by Jae Carlson in 49th (19:17), John Irwin in 50th (19:20) and Ethan Clerc in 70th (19:58).
For MLA, Tommy Kraemer was the top finisher, taking 35th overall with a time of 18:38. Aaron Fast was 54th (19:28) followed by Ryan McCue in 57th (19:38), Daniel Nelson in 95th (20:55) and Ryan Blomgren in 101st (21:09).
Next meets: Check for updates after each meet. Windom: at State Class A Meet (St. Olaf College, Northfield), Nov. 2 MLA: at State Class A Meet (St. Olaf College, Northfield), Nov. 2