BECKER -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' cross country team, paced by individual champion Sam Anderson, finished second in the Section 5, Class 1A meet Thursday and qualified for state.
Joe Radinovich finished second for the Rangers and Trent Anderson was eighth.
Pierz, which was eighth, was led individually by Zach Solinger who was third.
The Pierz girls placed third. Jamie Talberg finished fourth to qualify for state.
C-I was sixth in the girls' meet and was led by Kim Beaman who finished seventh.
"This is the first time in school history that our boys' team has advanced to the state tournament," Rangers coach Roger Twigg pointed out.
The top two teams and the top seven individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state meet Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Boys' team scores -- 1-St. Cloud Cathedral 53, 2-Crosby-Ironton 58, 3-Paynesville 78, 4-Albany 118, 5-Hinckley-Finlayson 127, 6-Annandale 132, 7-Pine City 138, 8-Pierz 201
Individual winner --S am Anderson (C-I) 16:48
Crosby-Ironton results -- 2-Joe Radinovich 16:56, 8-Trent Anderson 17:30, 16-Ricky Aulie 18:04, 31-Brian Kirzeder 18:42
Pierz results -- 3-Zach Solinger 17:12, 45-Steve Andres 19:43, 50-Brett Meyer 21:21, 51-Ben Durheim 20:27, 52-Riley Gruber 20:52, 53-Benny Andres 21:21
Girls' team scores -- 1-Paynesville 48, 2-St. Cloud Cathedral 48, 3-Pierz 107, 4-Rockford 111, 5-Albany 121, 6-Crosby-Ironton 135, 7-Pine City 138, 8-Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball 176
Individual winner -- Jen Hess (Paynesville) 15:25
Crosby-Ironton results -- 7-Kim Beaman 15:56 21-Erica Lundgren 17:14 32-Steph Anderson 17:41 37-Erika Ogard 17:54 38-Andrea Borden 17:57 53-Cherise Hudrlik 19:39 54-Carly Moritz 19:46
Pierz results --4-Jamie Talberg 15:50, 13-Kaley Jensen 16:38, 23-Stacey Gruber 17:15, 33-Amber Welle 17:42, 34-Kaitlyn Jensen 17:44, 47-Kristine Gruber 18:33, 49-Heather Boser 18:56
Next meet -- C-I in state Meet at St. Olaf College boys 1 p.m., girls 2 p.m. Nov. 3.
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