Three area programs will be represented in Kearney, Nebraska, today (Friday) at the Nebraska State Cross Country Championships at Kearney Country Club.
In the Class D girls’ race, Bloomfield-Wausa heads into state after a runner-up finish to defending champion Ainsworth in the District D-4 meet. The squad returns two-time state placewinner Bree Eisenhauer, a senior who finished 13th as a freshman and 11th as a junior.
Also back at state for Bloomfield-Wausa are senior Ann Woockman and Hannah Hubers. Sophomore Darla Nelson, and freshmen Christian Martinson and Madie Ziegler round out the squad. Martinson was the squad’s top finisher at districts.
Bloomfield-Wausa also boasts two boys’ entries: senior Cory Martinson and freshman Addison Smith. Smith placed sixth at districts.
Also in the Class D boys’ race, Crofton has senior Gabriel Potts and junior Connor Arens. Arens, the District D-4 champion, was eighth in the Class D state meet as a freshman.
Hartington, the co-op of Hartington-Newcastle and Hartington Cedar Catholic comes into state off a boys’ title in the District C-2 meet. The squad is back in the state team race after a year away, boasting four runners back from a team that placed third at state two years ago.
Freshman Carson Noecker, the District C-2 champion, has led the way for an otherwise veteran squad. Seniors Brayden Kathol, Chase Lammers, Cole Noecker and Bode Noecker, and junior Dagen Joachimsen will toe the line for Hartington.
Hartington will also take one girls’ runner to state, senior Sara Reifenrath. She just missed the awards stand last year, placing 16th.
Races begin at noon with the Class C girls’ race. The Class C boys’ race is set for 1 p.m., with the Class D girls’ race at 2 p.m. and the Class D boys’ race at 3 p.m.