Moriah Morter is the first Muscatine finisher during the MAC Cross Country Championships at West Lake Park in Davenport, Iowa, on Oct. 12. 


Class 4A state qualifier

Location: University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City

Start time: Girls (4 p.m.); Boys (4:30 p.m.)

Teams: Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Washington, Western Dubuque, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Muscatine, North Scott, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Waterloo East (boys only), Waterloo West

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals advance to the state meet Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge.

Outlook: Ranked No. 3 in the state, Iowa City West will be the favorite in the girls race. The Trojans landed each of their top five runners in the top 10 at their conference meet, which they won with 29 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie is the favorite in the boys race. The Hawks are ranked No. 3 and won their conference title behind four top-10 finishes. For Muscatine, the runners to watch will be seniors Moriah Morter and Tyler Olson. Morter was the Muskie girls top finisher at the MAC meet, finishing third in 20:38.9. Olson led the boys team with a fifth-place finish in 17:21.3. 

Class 2A state qualifier 

Location: Iowa City Kickers Field

Start time: 4 p.m.

Teams: Beckman Catholic, Camanche, Central Lee, Danville, East Marshall, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, Monticello, North Cedar, Northeast, Iowa City Regina, Tipton, Wapello, West Liberty 

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals advance to the state meet Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge.

Outlook: Mid-Prairie is the top team in the girls race with the No. 1 ranking in Class 2A. Marie and Anna Hostetler led the Golden Hawks to a title at last week's River Valley Conference Championships. Ranked No. 3, Tipton is the favorite in the boys race. The Tigers finished third out of 12 teams at the River Valley Conference meet. In the girls race, West Liberty sophomore Jimena Fierro, who finished 16th at the conference meet, and Wapello's Eryka Dickey, who finished 25th at the SEISC conference meet, likely have the best shot of qualifying for state among area teams. In the boys race, Wapello's Aiden Housman appears to be a strong candidate to advance after finishing fourth in 17:13.37 at the SEISC conference meet two weeks ago. 

Class 1A state qualifier

Location: Solon 

Start time: Girls (4 p.m.); Boys (4:30 p.m.)

Teams: Alburnett, Bellevue, Calamus-Wheatland, Central Elkader, Clayton Ridge, Columbus Community, Durant, East Buchanan, Easton Valley, Edgewood-Colesburg, Highland, Iowa Mennonite, Isaac Newton Academy, Kee High, Lone Tree, Maquoketa Valley, Marquette Catholic, MFL MarMac, Midland, North Linn, Postville, Prince of Peace Catholic, Rivermont Collegiate, Springville-Central City, Starmont, Wilton, Winfield-Mount Union

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals advance to the state meet Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge.

Outlook: With the No. 2 ranking in Class 1A, Bellevue is the favorite in the boys race. The Comets wrapped up their season with a River Valley Conference title behind top-two performances from Caleb Kress and Brady Griebel. Kee High is the team to beat in the girls race, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A. The Hawks ran away with the team title at the Upper Iowa Cross Country Championships, landing four runners in the top eight. Among the area teams, Buddy Darting appears to have the best shot at qualifying for state after winning multiple races this season and finishing fourth at the River Valley Conference Championships a week ago. In the girls race, Columbus Community's Jennessa Carpenter, who finished 17th at the SEISC meet in 21:50.59, will try to secure her first state qualification.