FORT DODGE- Cherokee's Kara Nelson, the top-ranked runner in Class 2A, came up a little short in her fourth attempt at taking gold at the State Cross Country meet here on Saturday.
Nelson finished third, with a time of 15:19. Tipton, which won their fourth straight team title, also had the individual champion, Ashley Miller, and the fifth place finisher, Missy Miller. Ashley turned in a time of 14:53, and sophomore Missy ran a 15:25.
Second place went to George-Little Rock-Central Lyon sophomore Steph Wibben, who ran a time of 15:13. Mediapolis junior Kara Keller placed fourth with a time of 15:23.
Nelson, a Cherokee senior who won nine of 10 races heading into the state meet here, was 2A runner-up last season, finished third as a sophomore, and was 12th as a freshman.
Nelson has been recruited for track and cross country by several colleges and has yet to decide which one.
In Class 1A, the South O'Brien girls placed 14th in the team standings with 443 points. Individually, the SOS girls placed 62nd - Diana Quinonez, 16:54; 83rd- Lindsay Woolston, 17:32; 89th- Breanna Mathes, 17:43; 110th- Kirsten Thomson, 18:37; 111th- Ashli Sloan, 18:40, and 119th- Megan McCully, 18:58.
Other area finishes in the 1A girls race included River Valley's Kaysi Byers, 49th, in a time of 16:34; and Galva-Holstein's Jayde Boyle, 55th , in 16:45.
The only boy from the area, Galva-Holstein's Caleb Egger, finished 22nd in the Class 1A Boys' competition, in a time of 17:26