By PATRICK SLACK
The Holdingford girls cross country team captured its second consecutive Section 6A title at New London-Spicer, Thursday, and with it a return trip to the state meet.
Royalton sophomore Zach Carlson and Holdingford sophomores Abe Skwira and Andrew Zachman qualified individually in the boys race.
Freshman Alli Ruprecht earned third overall in 15:23 to pace the Holdingford girls, with top 10-performances also turned in by eighth-grader Jo Merten (15:40) and sophomore Emily Wolter in ninth (15:48).
Eighth-grader Angel Rick (16:24) and junior Abby Mokhtary (16:48) also scored for the Huskers, trailed by senior Kaitlin Preusser (17:29) and eighth-grader Amanda Douvier (18:39).
Freshman Madi Rudolph (17:59) and junior Ciara Kowalczyk (18:00) finished back-to-back to lead Royalton to 10th place.
Also running for the Royals were eighth-grader Chloe Novak (18:57), senior Brianne Carlson (19:20), seventh-grader Amy Zabinski (20:16), sophomore Jenna Trutwin (20:29) and seventh-grader Elise Yates (21:34).
Carlson finished fourth overall in 17:03 to pace Royalton to a sixth-place finish, followed by sophomore Tremayne Collins (17:50), freshman Ben Borash (18:28), senior Stephen Strusz (19:16) and eighth-graders Jordan Malikowski (20:36) and Thomas Strusz (22:24).
Skwira earned sixth overall in 17:27 and Zachman took ninth in 17:30 to advance for Holdingford, which finished in fourth as a team.
Senior Ryan Hartung came in 13th in 17:48, followed by sophomore Jacob Thell (18:45), freshman Marcus Rick (18:57) and juniors Nick Hiltner (19:09) and Ben Douvier (20:05).
The state meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
The Class A boys race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., followed by the Class A girls race at 11 a.m.