Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta's Crystal Nohl edged Sauk Centre’s Jessica Klopfleisch by .44 seconds for 12th place in what proved to be the deciding points at the West Central Conference Championship Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Montevideo. Nohl's one-place advantage gave Morris/C-A a one point differential to win the WCC Championship for the fifth straight season.

The Morris/C-A boys, who sported the individual champion with Noah Stewart, also took first place, just three points ahead of Melrose. Solomon Johnson placed in the top five with a third place finish in a new season best time of 17:44.95 as the Morris/C-A boys repeated as conference title champions. Johnson’s time was over a 10 second cut from his previous best set at Milaca Sept. 22.

On the girls side, Morris/C-A took five of the top 15 runners, including Malory Anderson whose 15th place finish actually rounded out the team score of 40 for the win. Maddie and Meredith Carrington finished in second and third place.

Caryn Marty finished with a new season best time of 22:57.33, good for 11th place at the conference meet. It beat her previous mark set at Sauk Centre Oct. 2 by two seconds.

The Tigers next compete at the Section 6A tournament hosted by New London-Spicer on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer.

West Central Conference

BOYS TEAM SCORING – (1) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 38 (2) Melrose 41 (3) Benson/KMS 57 (4) Montevideo 123 (5) Sauk Centre 156 (6) BOLD/BLHS 157 (7) Minnewaska 165

TOP FIVE - (1) Noah Stewart, Morris/C-A, 17:09.92 (2) Preston Poepping, Melrose, 17:29.000 (3) Solomon Johnson, Morris/C-A, 17:44.95 (4) Bradey Ascheman, B/KMS, 18:03.09 (5) Jay Even McGee, B/KMS, 18:04.10

MORRIS/C-A - (1) Stewart 17:09.92 (3) Johnson 17:44.95 (6) Ben Hernandez 19:06.02 (13) Bradley Rohloff 18:51.79 (15) Jared Boots 19:08.57; Thomas Tiernan 19:45.76; Colton Wohlers 20:14.08

GIRLS TEAM SCORING – (1) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 40 (2) Sauk Centre 41 (3) Melrose 66 (4) Benson/KMS 98 (5) Montevideo 128 (6) BOLD/BLHS 151

TOP FIVE –(1) Sophia Kluver, SC, 20:46.95 (2) Maddie Carrington, Morris/C-A, 21:09.65 (3) Meredith Carrington, Morris/C-A, 21:41.64 (4) Kayla Meyer, Melrose, 21:47.13 (5) Allie Mitteness, B/KMS, 21:50.04

MORRIS/C-A – (2) Maddie Carrington 21:09.65 (3) Meredith Carrington 21:41.64 (11) Caryn Marty 22:57.33 (12) Crystal Nohl 23:00.93 (15) Malory Anderson 23:14.57; Kaylie Raths 23:50.23; Katya Lackey 23:56.26

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS 2300M – (2) Pierce Richards 8:12.85 (3) Cole Hawks 8:12.85 (8) Tyce Anderson 8:41.99 (10) Gavin Stallman 8:46.28; Angel Villogunez 8:51.63; Matthew Pecina 9:02.37; Ethan Koehler 9:42.09; Jake Seales 9:56.48; Drake Schmidt 9:57.53

JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS 2300M – (1) Hailey Werk 9:31.68 (3) Anna Backman 9:56.59, Anna Jordan 11:01.23, Taylor Kill 11:06.57

JV BOYS 5K – (6) Micah Aanerud 20:38.21 (9) Reid Tolifson 21:17.9, Sam Jordan 22:40.7, Hunter Pederson 22:44.34, Barron Schneider 23:45.08, Kaeden Fischer 24:38.67, Aarav Devkota 24:51.72, Noah Erickson 25:45.27

JV GIRLS 5K – (1) Isabel Fynboh 23:26.88 (2) Betsie Altamirano 24:40.44 (5) Victoria Vargas 26:35.41, Bobbi Wohlers 28:17.99, Ally Garcia 30:16.10