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County runners take part in state cross country meet

Spring Valley's Emma Gaustad runs ahead of several runners at the mile mark of the WIAA State Cross Country Meet, Division 3 girls' race, in Wisconsin Rapids. 2 / 8
Seniors Emma Gaustad and Claire Arneson warm-up before the race. 3 / 8
A sign lets us know where we are at.4 / 8
Prescott's Amanda Murphy stretches before the meet.5 / 8
Prescott's Amanda Murphy tries to keep a step ahead of Nekoosa/Port Edwards Shannon Sorbo.6 / 8
Elmwood/Plum City's Noah Wells with the photo finish alongside Beaver Dam Wayland Academy's Jeff Birori.7 / 8
EPC's Noah Wells keeps pace with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser's Brandon Brooks just past the one mile mark.8 / 8

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Three prep cross country runners from Pierce County took part in the 101st WIAA State Cross Country Meet Saturday.

Spring Valley senior Emma Gaustad reach her goal of breaking the 16:00 mark. She finished the 4000-meter Division 3 girls' race in 15:58.6. By reaching her goal she was able to finish 20th in her third state cross country meet.

Prescott sophomore Amanda Murphy ran in her first state meet. She finished 94th out of 151 runners in the Division 2 girls race with a time of 16:45.

Also having a first-rime meet was Elmwood/Plum City junior Noah Wells. He finished 68th in the 5000-meter Division 3 boys meet in a time of 18:07.