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Darlington qualifies for state meet
Darlingtons Christa Wamsley finished sixth overall at Fridays WIAA Division 3 sectional in Darlington. The sophomore will get a chance to run with her teammates at the Oct. 30 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.
DARLINGTON - Darlington sophomore Cheyenne Wolfe wants to see what the Redbirds can do when they are healthy running at state.

Darlington won the WIAA Division 3 sectional title in a landslide over Fennimore 45-112 Friday to qualify for state for the fourth straight year. Two other area runners - Pecatonica-Argyle junior Kendra Sigg and Albany freshman Bailey Hlavachek qualified for state.

The Redbirds placed five runners in the top 16 - led by Wolfe who finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 45 seconds. She led Fennimore's Kayla Sheckles until the end.

"We wanted to get to state," Wolfe said. "We want to do better than last year. Last year we got sick and kind of fell apart at state. This year we want to do some damage."

Wolfe will have one more chance to run against Sheckles at the WIAA Division 3 state meet Saturday, Oct. 30.

"I ran the best I could," Wolfe said. "In the end she (Sheckles) passed me. I ran my hardest. I'm not disappointed in how I ran. I want to take it one step at a time."

In addition to Wolfe, Darlington sophomore Christa Wamsley finished sixth (16:07) and junior Hannah Robiolio took 10th (16:29). Junior Amy Jorgenson came in 11th (16:34) and sophomore Harley Douglas was 16th (16:47).

"Our depth came through for us," Darlington coach Arnie Miehe said. "Harley came through. That depth paid off."

Miehe understands that the competition in practice and the support from senior leaders Taryn Evenstad and Shawni Smith has helped a stable of seven runners that included just one senior running at the sectional.

"I can't say enough about their roles in helping our strength, confidence and ability," he said.

Sigg, who had missed qualifying for state by one spot the last two years, finished fifth overall (15:53) and was among the top five individual qualifiers not on the top two teams.

"I feel a lot better today than the last two years," Sigg said. "I might go home crying because I'm so happy this year. A third time is a charm. It's just a relief."

Albany (174) finished sixth at the 13-team sectional. Senior Rosy Bauman closed out her prep cross country career finishing 24th (17:09). Junior Ciara Kubesh took 30th (17:16), senior Ingrid Kallgren finished 38th (17:46) and sophomore Cassidy Bump was 75th (20:48).

For Hlavachek, it was a chance to run against Brookwood's Amanda Ross, who beat her at the conference meet last week.

"She will take the third place at conference for a trip to state," Albany coach Tony Brewer said referencing Hlavachek's conference finish last week. "Bailey is our team to represent us at state. It's important for Bailey to get up there and get that experience as a freshman."

Pecatonica-Argyle took 12th (285) as a team with sophomore Emma Marion finishing 57th (18:55) and sophomore McKensie Burreson 67th (19:46).