KEARNEY, Neb. — An individual state champion and a state runner-up team finish highlighted area competitors at the Nebraska State Cross Country Meet, Friday at Kearney Country Club.

The Bloomfield-Wausa girls put two runners in the top 15 to finish second in the Class D girls’ team standings. Bloomfield-Wausa scored 76 points, trailing only defending champion Ainsworth (63) in the rankings.

Individually, Ainsworth’s Rylee Rice saw her quest for a four-peat stopped short by Hastings St. Cecilia’s Alayna Vargas. Vargas finished the course in 19:15.6, well ahead of Rice (19:47.4).

Bloomfield-Wausa was led by freshman Christina Martinson (20:33.72), who placed ninth, and sophomore Darla Nelson (20:41.53), who placed 14th. Also finishing for the squad were senior Hannah Hubers (22:07.85), who finished 42nd, freshman Madie Ziegler (22:39.42), who placed 65th, and senior Ann Woockman (23:02.62), who place 71st.

Hartington freshman Carson Noecker earned the Class C boys’ state championship, the program’s first-ever state title. He beat out Pierce junior Mason Sindelar (16:16.3), finishing in 16:02.96

Hartington finished eighth in the team standings. Also for Hartington, senior Brayden Kathol (18:00.61) was 39th, junior Dagen Joachimsen (18:41.17) was 64th, senior Cole Noecker (19:27.93) was 86th, senior Chase Lammers (19:42.66) was 88th and senior Bode Noecker (19:50.08) was 90th.

Crofton’s Connor Arens finished fifth in the Class D boys’ race, finishing in 17:17.4. Also in the Class D boys’ race, Bloomfield-Wausa freshman Addison Smith (18:05.0) placed 23rd, Crofton senior Gabriel Potts (18:31.2) finished 49th and Bloomfield-Wausa senior Cory Martinson (19:00.2) placed 87th.

In the Class C girls’ race, Hartington senior Sara Reifenrath placed 28th in 21:16.8.

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