The day started with the girls team, who have spent most of the season ranked either 2nd or 1st in the coaches poll, running first at 2:15 pm. Sophomore Karly Ackley, ranked #2 individually, took the lead about 600 meters into the race and never gave it up. Karly crossed the 4k finish line in 13:57 to hold off a hard charging Bismarck runner to win the individual state title! She is the first Central Girl Cross Country runner to win a individual state title. Eighth graders Alexis Roehl and Mandy Williamson showed that Central's future is going to be exciting with their all-state finishes of 7th and 12th respectively. Junior Grace Roehl finished aggressively to earn 27th, followed by freshman Rachel Torrey in 33rd place to give the girls a total of 80 points, earning them a 2nd place finish over all, behind Bismarck Century's 65 points. Our lone Senior runner Rachel Cox finished her career with her highest state finish of 36th place. Other Central girl finishers were Junior Maggie (Maxi) Powell 105th, eight graders Lexi Spinetta 106th, Aislinn Hunter 108th, and seventh grader Megan Peck 116th.
The boys entered the state meet with a single goal, to get their young team with only one senior runner, on the podium. This year we brought a team that only had three previous state meet participants. A top five finish was a lofty goal, especially since they placed 5th at the EDC meet just two weeks earlier. The boys lined up and easily ran their best team race of the season, and placed 6th place overall with 207 points, just 14 points behind Minot's 5th place finish of 193 points. Junior Leif Larsen battled side aches to achieve his all state honors with a 7th place finish. Junior David Hettich used his strong aggressive start to also earn all state honors with 17th place. Senior Shay Doward made his last race count by PRing and placing 40th, 85 places higher than last years state meet. The rest of the boys were first time state runners and did a great job of competing on such a big stage. Sophomore Richie Osborn had a great first state meet placing 47th, followed by another Sophomore Zach Nelson finished 96th,, Eight grader Cole Oen 141st, Sophomore Cedric Reese 144th, Juniors Ryan Keogh 149th, Darian Colgrove 159th, and Eighth grader Chris Demuth 162nd.