Albia has a state cross country individual champion and a team champion at the Class 2A state junior high level.

The Albia seventh grade girls dominated the field in a 12-point team title in Ankeny on Saturday. Christa Gronewold led the effort, winning the state seventh grade 2A title in a time of 13:35.

In an incredibly tight finish, teammate Lily Buckingham finished third overall in 13:47 and Olivia Sheffield placed sixth in 13:59. Serene Thompson was the 11th place finisher in 14:37, Avery Halstead came in 16th in 15:09, Chloe Burkman was 40th in 17:41 and Aubrey Reed was 46th in 21:21.

Pleasantville finished second as a team with 39 points followed by Mid-Prairie, 60, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, 62, Williamsburg, 63 and Okoboji, 85.

The eighth grade girls, led by Sayler Rozenboom, finished fourth in Class 2A competition.

Rozenboom ran the two-mile course in 14:03. She was followed by Avery Major, 16th in 14:10, Makenna Cronin, 17th in 14:11, Juliana Brown 19th in 14:21, Janelle Clark, 41st in 15:46 and Brianna Wolfer, 47th in 15:59.

Gracie Smith finished 80th in 16:49 and Sophia Hopkins finished 86th in 17:06.

Williamsburg won the meet with 39 points followed by Jesup, 44, Mid-Prairie, 61 and Albia, 64. Davis County finished ninth.

Ethan Stalzer finished as the runner-up in Class 2A eighth grade boys competition in a time of 11:47, running behind Kyle Wagoner of Clarinda who was crowned state 2A eighth grade boys champion in a time of 11:27.

The Albia boys finished 13th overall, just behind conference competitor Davis County. Western Christian won the meet with 38 points.

Following Stalzer were Gavin Shaffer, 49th in 13:41, Cain Campbell, 64th in 14:22.5, Logan Smith, 65th in 14:22.9, Grant Wilson, 69th in 14:28 and Trevor Terrell, 82nd in 15:49.

In previous years, Landon Noe finished second as an seventh grader, and as eighth graders (2016) Noe finished first and Brock Ratliff finished second in the state meet.

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