FORT DODGE – It has been quite a journey for the Lo-Ma cross country team.

But the girls did it again. They are 2019 State Cross Country champions for the second year in a row. And Head Coach Kelli Kersten said that feels surreal.

“Winning one State championship is a big deal, let alone two in a row,” Kersten said. “It is such a huge accomplishment for them.”

The Lo-Ma girls took the top spot beating out Hudson by 21 points, 112 to 133. Coming in third place with 142 points was AHSTW.

Here are the individual results for the Lo-Ma ladies: 13th, Taylor Sporrer, 19:52.3; 15th, Kylie Morrison, 20:01.4; 17th, Violet Lapke, 20:08.9; 32nd, Courtney Sporrer, 20:32.4; 102nd, Mya Moss, 22:19.3; 106th, Erica Nolting, 22:29.5; and 113th, Marissa Brenden, 22:59.4.

Tarick Rowe, just a freshman at Lo-Ma, finished 48th in the boy’s division. His time was 17:41.

Woodbine sophomore Nate Wright finished in 99th place. He had a time of 18:20.

The champion in the boy’s division was Madrid with 74 points. Coming in runner-up was Nodaway Valley with 107. Rounding out the top three was Calamus-Wheatland. Their final score was 118 points.

Kersten said both the boys and girls teams had great seasons.

Pick up a copy of the November 6 issue of The Twiner-Herald to read the full story!