Beckman’s girls have made the state cross country field, following their qualifying race at Monticello Oct. 20.
The Blazers came in third in the race, behind top-ranked Monticello and Tipton, actually tying Tipton with 59, just three points behind Monticello, and claiming third on the tie breaker.
The three teams far outdistanced the rest of the field, led by Sumner-Fredericksburg and Jesup at 108, followed by Northeast 145, Waukon 164, Mediapolis 241 and Louisa-Muscatine 248.
Julia Mertz led the team in fourth place with a time of 19:38. Madelyn Reiter was ninth (20:11), Abby Knepper 11th (20:26), Maria Kruse 17th (21:15) and Maria Dudzik 18th (21:17). Ellie Recker came in 44th (24:09) and Jordan Thier 54th (25:46).
Winning the individual title was S-F’s Hilary Trainor at 18:59. Runner-up was Jesup’s Mackenzie Wilson at 19:08, followed by teammate Clare Wright (19:33), Mertz, Tipton’s Alivia Edens (19:49), three Monticello runners in sixth, seventh and eighth, Emma Althoff (19:57), Leah Koehler (20:07) and Marissa Kehoe (20:08), Reiter, Northeast’s Cenady Soenksen 10th (20:18), Knepper and four Tipton runners in 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Laura Owen (20:28), Addie Nerem (20:53), Mack Walter (20:58) and Claire Montgomery (20:58).
In Class 2A, the top 15 individuals qualify for state.
Coach Tyson Squiers added, “The girls came out swinging today and ran arguably the best race they’ve ever run. We were just three points behind No. 1-ranked Monticello.
“A team qualification was our biggest goal, but individual qualifications in that top-15 were also on their minds. Julia, Madelyn and Abby all accomplished that. Julia broke her own school record set earlier this year by 17 seconds which was amazing. She really raced hard and it was fun to watch.
“Madelyn improved her own PR by over 1:00 in the best race she’s ever had. She missed an (individual qualifying spot) last year by one spot so she was making sure that didn’t happen this year.
“Abby ran a 28-second PR to qualify in this her last year. Maria Kruse suited up for the first time in a couple of weeks, running a strong race after battling through an injury. She far exceeded the goal we had set for her in this race. Maria Dudzik equaled her previous PR and has had a tremendous season, improving each week.
“Ellie and Jordan both ran their second-fastest races of the season. Jordan was an alternate for our state team last year and she made sure she would get a chance again this year.
“I feel the 2A race at state is pretty wide open for a few teams, ourselves included. It’s going to be a dogfight and an exciting race to watch. We’re looking forward to trying to better our ninth-place finish from last year.”