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Cross country

Published: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 4:36 p.m. CDT

Junior high: Ladd’s Gage Ripka qualified for the IESA state finals competing at the sectional track meet held at Dellwood Park in Lockwood on Saturday. The state meet will be held at Normal Parkside in Normal Saturday.

Ladd fielded a cross country program for the very first year this fall. Also running for the Indians were Conner Ripka (17th), Kyle Follmer (36th), Westly Schmidt (38th), Parker Matthews (54th), Brandon Papini (55th) and Conner Flanagan (58th).

“For the first year, we did great. Most of the teams there were established teams,” Ladd coach Dru Heggen said.

At Sterling: Princeton competed, but did not field a full team in Saturday’s Sterling Invitational. Zoe Mead was the top finisher for PHS, placing 70th with a personal best of 19:57. Also running for PHS were Taylor Smith (164th, 28:32), and for the boys, Andrew Birkey (159th, 19:24), Alex Biggs (160th, 19:54) and Caleb Strom (171st, 24:04).

At Amboy: Bureau Valley’s Regan Weidner finished third in Monday’s Columbus Day Invitational. Princeton’s Mead finished 30th (19:13).

Top area finishers in the boys’ meet were Hall’s Joseph Parrochetti (19th 15:52) and Bureau Valley’s Ryan Taylor (24th, 16:01).

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