According to veteran MMC cross country coach Ric Collins, Welp's plan for his first state meet appearance was to get out fast and stay close to the lead pack, and kick at the end, all of which he accomplished. Welp's finish was the best for area runners.
Also in Boys Class 1A, John Harris of Galva-Holstein placed 31st in a time of 17:21.
In 1A Girls action, Galva-Holstein, which qualified in the team race by its third-place finish in the Districts, finished ninth at the State Meet, totaling 224 points. Pekin won the Girls 1A team title with 54 points, followed by runner-up, Nodaway Valley's 89 points.
Ashey Drey led the Lady Pirates to the finish line by placing 43rd in a time of 16:15. She was followed by teammates Jayde Boyle 54th in 16:27, Breanna Mathes 69th in 16:40, Jessica Mathes 70th in 16:41, Meg Kofmehl 85th in 16:59, Sarah Forristal 118th in 18:42, and Annie McAreavy 123rd in 19:32.
All photos by Roy Tucker.