Iowa state-qualifying cross country

Class 4A at Bettendorf

When: Thursday (girls race at 4 p.m., boys at 4:30 p.m.)

Where: Crow Creek Park, Bettendorf

Teams competing (10): Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Clinton, Davenport Central, Davenport North, Davenport West, Iowa City West, North Scott, Pleasant Valley

At stake: The top three girls teams and top three boys squads advance to the state meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge along with the top 15 individuals in each race.

Girls outlook: There are three ranked teams in the field with No. 6 Iowa City West, No. 8 Bettendorf and No. 10 PV. Those three schools all finished in top 5 at the state meet last year. The Women of Troy has a solid 1-2 punch with Gabby Skopec and Bailey Nock. Bettendorf’s Trinity Borland and Ally Gallagher were 2-3 at the conference meet last week.

Boys outlook: PV, vying for a sixth consecutive district title, is second behind Dowling Catholic. The Spartans will be pushed by fifth-ranked Prairie and 11th-ranked Iowa City West. PV junior Nicholas Yanek ran fourth quickest 5,000-meter time in school history (15:31) at MAC meet last week. West’s Andrew Wright and North’s Zach Schocker should challenge for individual berths.

Class 4A at Cedar Rapids

When: Thursday (girls race at 4 p.m., boys at 4:30 p.m.)

Where: Noelridge Park, Cedar Rapids

Teams competing (9): Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Washington, Iowa City High, Linn-Mar, Muscatine, Newton, Ottumwa, Western Dubuque

At stake: The top three girls teams and top three boys squads advance to the state meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge along with the top 15 individuals in each race.

Girls outlook: The Muskies are coming off a MAC championship at Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington, the program’s first league title. Coach Tim Armstrong’s team has five runners back from last year’s sixth-place state squad. Muscatine will contend with No. 3 Iowa City High, No. 13 Linn-Mar and No. 14 Cedar Rapids Kennedy for the qualifying spots.

Boys outlook: There is not a top-five ranked team in the field, but No. 7 Linn-Mar, No. 9 Iowa City High and No. 12 Cedar Rapids Washington are team favorites. Muscatine is just outside top 15. The Muskies, second at the MAC meet, will need five runners below 17 minutes, 30 seconds to possibly qualify.

Class 3A at Solon

When: Thursday (girls race at 4 p.m., boys at 4:30 p.m.)

Where: Solon High School

Teams competing (13): Central DeWitt, Clear Creek Amana, Davenport Assumption, Fairfield, Keokuk, Maquoketa, Marion, Mount Vernon-Lisbon, Solon, South Tama County, Washington, West Burlington/Notre Dame, Williamsburg

At stake: The top three girls teams and top three boys squads advance to the state meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge along with the top 15 individuals in each race.

Girls outlook: Assumption is the defending state champion in 3A. The Knights have two of the state's best in Joy Ripslinger and Julia Schumacher. No. 8 Mount Vernon-Lisbon is the team favorite while Assumption has an opportunity to finish in top three.

Boys outlook: No. 1 Mount Vernon-Lisbon, No. 9 Marion and No. 14 Clear Creek Amana are the frontrunners in the team race. Central DeWitt’s Will Dehaan is ranked 15th individually and is expected to factor into the top 5.

Class 2A at Monticello

When: Thursday (girls race at 4 p.m., boys at 4:30 p.m.)

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Where: Monticello

Teams competing (15): Anamosa, Camanche, Cascade, Danville-New London, Dyersville Beckman, Iowa City Regina, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, Monticello, North Cedar, Northeast, Springville-Central City, Tipton, Waukon, West Liberty

At stake: The top three girls teams and top three boys squads advance to the state meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge along with the top 15 individuals in each race.

Girls outlook: There are five ranked teams in the field, led by top-ranked Monticello. The Panthers return six runners from last year's state runner-up squad. North Cedar's Tessa Fields and Carly Montz, both ranked in state's top 30 individually, could be in mix for top-10 finishes.

Boys outlook: Tipton is the highest-ranked team in the field at 11. The Tigers were third at last week's River Valley Conference meet and are led by freshman Trent Pelzer and sophomore Ben Ellis. Northeast's Wyatt Schmidt was sixth at RVC meet.

Class 1A at Cedar Rapids

When: Thursday (girls race at 3 p.m., boys at 3:30 p.m.)

Where: Noelridge Park, Cedar Rapids

Teams competing (26): Alburnett, Belle Plaine, Bellevue, Bellevue Marquette, Calamus-Wheatland, Clayton Ridge, Clinton Prince of Peace, Columbus Community, Durant, Easton Valley, English Valleys, Highland, Holy Trinity, Iowa Mennonite, Keota, Lone Tree, Maqouketa Valley, Midland, North Linn, Pekin, Rivermont Collegiate, Scattergood Friends, WACO, Wapello, Wilton, Winfield-Mount Union

At stake: The top three girls teams and top three boys squads advance to the state meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge along with the top 15 individuals in each race.

Girls outlook: The third-, fourth- and fifth-ranked state teams are in the field with Bellevue Marquette, North Linn and Pekin. Bellevue's Camryn Reeg, last year's 1A state runner-up and No. 1 in the class, headlines the individuals from the Q-C area.

Boys outlook: Cal-Wheat is having one of the finest seasons in school history. The Warriors are ranked second in 1A and had five in the top nine to claim last week's Tri-Rivers meet. Cal-Wheat will be pushed by third-ranked Pekin and ninth-ranked Bellevue.

— Compiled by Matt Coss