Pleasant Valley's Konnor Sommer speaks to the media after winning last week's Class 4A state-qualifying meet at Crow Creek Park. The second-ranked Spartans go after their first state title since 2008 on Saturday in Fort Dodge.


What: Iowa coed state cross country meet

Where: Fort Dodge (Lakeside Municipal Golf Course)

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Class 4A girls

Race time: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Top-ranked team: Johnston

Area team: No. 10 Pleasant Valley

Area individuals: Trinity Borland, sr., Bettendorf; Presley Case, so., North Scott; Sommer Clydesdale, jr., North Scott; Abbi Lafrenz, so., North Scott; Moriah Morter, sr., Muscatine; Madison Temple, so., Bettendorf

Skinny: Johnston returns three runners from last year's team that set a meet scoring record with 26 points. Borland, the MAC champion and second at regionals, was eighth at last year's meet. Case was 13th as a freshman. 

Class 4A boys

Race time: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Top-ranked team: Dowling Catholic

Area team: No. 2 Pleasant Valley

Area individuals: Tyler Olson, sr., Muscatine; Zach Schocker, sr., Davenport North; Drew Thompson, sr., Davenport Central; Andrew Wright, sr., Davenport West

Skinny: PV lost to Dowling by two points for the state crown last year. The Spartans are eyeing their first title since 2008 and seeking a seventh straight top-five finish. Konnor Sommer and Anthony Pena could vie for top-10 spots. 

Class 3A girls

Race time: Saturday, noon

Top-ranked team: Dubuque Wahlert

Area team: none

Area individuals: Julia Campbell, sr., Central DeWitt; Julia Schumacher, sr., Assumption; Carly Small, so., Central DeWitt

Skinny: Schumacher has been inside the top 10 each of the past three years, but was outside the top 10 at regionals as she works her way back from a stress fracture. Center Point-Urbana's Adrianna Katcher goes for a state repeat.  

Class 3A boys

Race time: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Top-ranked team: Decorah

Area team: none

Area individuals: Chris Guise, so., Assumption

Skinny: Decorah has won 15 state titles, five more than any other school in this class. No. 2 Gilbert returns four runners from last year's fourth-place squad. Guise placed 11th at state-qualifying meet in Solon.

Class 2A girls

Race time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Top-ranked team: Mid-Prairie

Area team: none

Area individuals: Rachel Bierman, fr., Tipton; Jimena Fierro, so., West Liberty; Carly Hasken, sr., Northeast; Carly Montz, jr., North Cedar

Skinny: Mid-Prairie returns top two individuals from last year in Anna and Marie Hostetler. The Golden Hawks had five in the top 10 at the state qualifier. None of the four local qualifiers ran at last year's state meet.  

Class 2A boys

Race time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Top-ranked team: Mid-Prairie

Area team: No. 4 Tipton

Area individuals: Andrew Hilgendorf, so., Northeast; Aiden Housman, so., Wapello; Dodson Melchiori, so., Camanche; Wyatt Schmidt, sr., Northeast

Skinny: Tipton has one state title in its program history in 1975. The Tigers won the Iowa City Regina qualifier by 50 points last week. Defending champ Mid-Prairie brings back top five from title team. Schmidt was 32nd last year.

Class 1A girls

Race time: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Top-ranked team: Hudson

Area team: No. 7 Bellevue Marquette

Area individuals: Eliana Berry, jr., Durant; Kailey Miller, jr., Bellevue

Skinny: Central Elkader looks to become the first 1A school to three-peat since classification was created in 1978. Marquette was fourth last year and brings back six runners from that team. Miller was 46th as a sophomore.

Class 1A boys

Race time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Top-ranked team: Nodaway Valley

Area team: No. 2 Bellevue; No. 11 Calamus-Wheatland

Area individuals: Easton Botkins, jr., Durant; Buddy Darting, so., Wilton; Payton Schnier, jr., Clinton Prince of Peace

Skinny: Nodaway Valley returns three from last year's championship team. Bellevue is its biggest challenger with lopsided wins at conference and districts. Cal-Wheat is making second straight trip and is powered by Hunter Rickels (22nd in 2016). Darting was 26th as a freshman.

— Compiled by Matt Coss


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.