Four Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta runners are headed to state after their performance at the Section 6A meet Thursday, Oct. 25, at Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer.

Maddie and Meredith Carrington both qualified on the girls side, and Solomon Johnson and Noah Stewart qualified for the boys. The Tiger girls finished fifth while the boys team finished third overall.

“Four kids on to state. A third and fifth place finish as team out of 20 some teams. I’m happy with that,” MACA head coach Dale Henrich said. “Outperforming where you have been all season, how can you not be happy about that. I had other coaches coming up to me and talking about how hard our kids work, it’s a credit to the kids and it’s nice to hear.”

All of the Tiger runners took advantage of prime running weather at the section meet Thursday.

“It quit raining about a half hour out on the bus ride in, and it turned into a nice day for running,” Henrich said. “Every kid I talked to said they got their personal best (Thursday).”

After missing state battling injury in 2017, Maddie Carrington returns for her fourth state appearance after a fifth place finish at sections in the girls 5,000-meter race. She broke the 20-minute threshold for the first time this season with a 19:49.2.

Her younger sister Meredith advanced to her third straight state meet after taking 11th place at sections. She also had a season best 20:10.1, breaking the 21-minute mark for the first time this season.

Johnson crushed his personal best with a 16:34.8 Thursday, good for eighth overall at the section meet and a spot in his first-ever state cross country meet. His season best prior to Thursday was around 18 minutes (17:58.2).

“This is a kid that missed going to state by one kid two years ago, battled an injury most of his junior season last year, and this year slowly but surely sneaking up on people. I’m not sure I can put into words what this means to me or him. I know how hard he worked for this,” Henrich said.

Stewart, who has been running well and cutting time all season long, didn’t have his best time of the season at sections, but placed ninth overall to qualify for his first state appearance.

“Noah (Stewart) was a little under the weather (Thursday). You could tell two miles in that he was suffering a bit more than normal, but he ran a gutty third mile to finish in ninth. It’s huge (accomplishment) for both those guys (Solomon Johnson and Noah Stewart),” Henrich said.

The Class A State Cross Country meet is scheduled for next Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Section 6A

BOYS TEAM SCORING – (1) West Central Area 54 (2) Staples-Motley 90 (3) Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta 130 (4) Melrose 158 (5) Holdingford 164 (6) Breckenridge-Wahpeton 186 (7) Osakis 212 (8) Albany 220 (9) Ottertail Central 224 (11) Paynesville 250 (12) Litchfield 258 (13) Pierz 304 (14) New London-Spicer 346 (15) Royalton 354 (16) St. John's Prep 501 (17) Parkers Prairie 507 (18) Sauk Centre 519 (19) Brandon-Evansville 529 (20) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 532 (21) Minnewaska 613 (22) Border West 655 (23) Pillager 748

TOP FIVE - (1) Emmet Anderson, Staples-Motley 15:53.6 (2) Jacob Bright, West Central Area 16:02.6 (3) Zach Haire, Breckenridge-Wahpeton 16:07.2 (4) Hunter Klimek, Staples-Motley 16:21.0 (5) Christopher Borash, Royalton 16:29.0

MORRIS/C-A – (8) Solomon Johnson 16:34.8 (9) Noah Stewart 16:35.5 (25) Ben Hernandez 17:30.2 (41) Bradley Rohloff 17:53.5 (47) Jared Boots 18:09.9

GIRLS TEAM SCORING – (1) Staples-Motley 54 (2) West Central Area 56 (3) Eden Valley Watkins/Kimball 86 (4) Albany 113 (5) Morris/C-A 201 (6) Pierz 217 (7) Sauk Centre 221 (8) Paynesville 262 (9) New London-Spicer 291 (10) Breckenridge-Wahpeton 305 (11) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 319 (12) Ottertail Central 341 (13) Minnewaska 348 (14) Royalton 359 (15) Osakis 360 (16) Melrose 385 (17) Pillager 386 (18) Benson/KMS 392 (19) Litchfield 479 (20) Brandon-Evansville 570 (21) Border West 577

TOP FIVE - (1) Kira Sweeney, Staples-Motley 19:16.7 (2) Lexi Bright, West Central Area 19:29.1 (3) Kyanna Burton, Staples-Motley 19:30.9 (4) Teagan Nelson, West Central Area 19:45.5 (5) Maddie Carrington, Morris/CA 19:49.2

MORRIS/C-A – (5) Ma. Carrington 19:49.2 (11) Me. Carrington 20:10.1 (46) Caryn Marty 21:52.8 (70) Crystal Nohl 22:35.9 (72) Katya Lackey 22:39.2