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Muscatine sophomore Moriah Morter runs during the Muscatine Invitational at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course on Sept. 29.

Class 4A 

When: Thursday, 4 p.m.

Where: Seminole Valley Park, Cedar Rapids

Twitter: Follow the Journal's Jake Ryder, @jakearyder

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals qualify for the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Teams at meet: Burlington, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Washington, Dubuque Hempstead, Iowa City West, Muscatine, Ottumwa

Ranked teams: Girls — Muscatine (4), Iowa City West (8), Dubuque Hempstead (14). Boys — Cedar Rapids Prairie (3), Iowa City West (10), Dubuque Hempstead (12).

Ranked runners: Girls — 9. Reagan Gorman, Cedar Rapids Washington; 13. Brina Kraft, Muscatine; 14. Hannah Fusselman, Cedar Rapids Kennedy; 15. Tia Saunders, Iowa City West; 18. Bailey Nock, Iowa City West; 20. Meredith Koenisfeld, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 23. Olivia Moore, Iowa City West; 29. Kristin Brown, Dubuque Hempstead. Boys — 2. Tysen VanDraska, Cedar Rapids Prairie; 13. Cam Steffens, Cedar Rapids Prairie; 26. Adam Mueller, Dubuque Hempstead; 28. Patrick Karanja, Iowa City West.

Outlook: Based on ranking, the Muscatine girls are favored to win this meet and are looking to clinch a trip to Fort Dodge as a team for the third consecutive season. Muskie boys coach Chris Foxen has recently referred to his team as a “bubble team” that will be ready to make a move on the leaderboard if any of the ranked teams falter. If the team rankings hold true, Alex Bautista or Tyler Olson could be in line for a spot in an expanded individual-qualifier pool.

Muscatine girls coach Tim Armstrong: "Our mindset is that we're going over there to win. The biggest question is Iowa City West, they've had a couple of their runners out in the last two weeks so we don't know what we're going to face there. ... [Seminole Valley] is a pretty flat course from what I've heard of people that run there so speed-wise it'll probably be one of the faster ones that we've run on."

Muscatine boys coach Chris Foxen: "Everybody’s going to have to [run a personal best] by 15 to 20 seconds. ... We’re going to have to have one of those top four teams above us ... have to have a bad race."

Class 2A in Columbus Junction

When: Thursday, 4 p.m.

Where: Cedarcrest Country Club

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals qualify for the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Teams at meet: Albia, Burlington Notre Dame, Centerville, Central Lee, Columbus Community, Danville-New London, Davis County, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, Mid-Prairie, Northeast Goose Lake, PCM (Monroe), West Liberty, Williamsburg

Ranked teams: Girls – Williamsburg (6), Mid-Prairie (10). Boys - Mid-Prairie (4), Williamsburg (8), Northeast Goose Lake (14).

Ranked runners: Girls - 5. Julie Hollensbe, Williamsburg; 8. Jordan Winke, Albia; 15. Kiaya Walters, Williamsburg; 18. Anna Hostetler, Mid-Prairie; 19. Maddi Zahradnek, Mid-Prairie; 21. Maddie Kaczinski, Northeast Goose Lake. Boys - 7. Zach Hougland, Davis County; 16. Josh Keller, Columbus Community; 17. Wyatt Schmidt, Northeast; 18. Peyton Miller, Mid-Prairie; 21. Garrett Hinson, Mediapolis; 25. Ryan Errthum, Mid-Prairie; 28. Doug Turner, Davis County; 29. Nick Kennicker, Northeast.

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Outlook: A talented field at Cedarcrest creates limited opportunities for area teams. Individually, though, Keller has been on a tear for the Wildcats and on paper is a lock to be in as an individual qualifier. Louisa-Muscatine runner Allison Steahr has been running better and could ride a strong race into Fort Dodge as an individual qualifier.

Class 2A in Monticello

When: Thursday, 4 p.m.

Where: Monticello High School

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals qualify for the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31.

Teams at meet: Anamosa, Camanche, Cascade, Dyersville Beckman, Monticello, New Hampton, North Cedar, North Fayette Valley, Oelwein, South Winneshiek, Springville-Central City, Tipton, Waukon, Wilton

Ranked teams: Girls - Monticello (1), Cascade (3), South Winneshiek (4). Boys - Monticello (1), Waukon (9), Springville (13).

Ranked runners: Girls - 1. Paige Holub, Monticello; 7. Emma Duncan, Anamosa; 9. Shelby Reicks, South Winneshiek; 10. Becca McDermott, Cascade; 12. Josie Kriener, South Winneshiek; 13. Kenzie Mente, Tipton; 14. Felicity Taylor, South Winneshiek. Boys - 3. Matt Manternach, Monticello; 13. Jordan Loes, Monticello; 15. Danny Halva, North Fayette Valley; 19. Sam Lorimer, Springville-Central City; 26. Tyler O’Neill, Waukon; 27. Matt Pelzer, Tipton.

Outlook: Monticello are runaway favorites for the team titles, and the overall competition in the girls race makes the road back to the state meet a little harder for Wilton girls 2014 individual qualifier Kaylee Ford, who qualified for the race in Class 1A last season.

Class 1A

When: Thursday, 3 p.m.

Where: Seminole Valley Park, Cedar Rapids

Twitter: Follow the Journal's Jake Ryder, @jakearyder

At stake: The top three teams and top 15 individuals qualify for the state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Teams competing: Alburnett (boys only), Bellevue, Bellevue Marquette, Calamus-Wheatland, Central Elkader, Clayton Ridge, Durant, Easton Valley, Edgewood-Colesburg, English Valleys, Harmony, Highland, Holy Trinity (boys only), Iowa City Regina, Iowa Mennonite, Keota, Lone Tree, Maquoketa Valley, Midland, Prince of Peace, Scattergood Friends (boys only), Sigourney, Starmont, Tri-County (girls only), WACO, Wapello, Winfield-Mount Union

Ranked teams: Girls – Iowa City Regina (6), Starmont (9), Bellevue Marquette (15). Boys - Bellevue (2), Iowa City Regina (9), Central Elkader (13).

Ranked runners: Girls – 1. Alyssa Williams, Durant; 3. Camryn Reeg, Bellevue; 4. Haley Schroeder, Central Elkader; 5. Ciera Deitchler, Central Elkader; 10. Bianca Malone, Starmont; 13. Molly Blondin, Iowa City Regina; 17. Hanna Hess, Edgewood-Colesburg; 19. Kailey Miller, Bellevue. Boys - 1. Andrew Meyer, Bellevue; 13. Andrew Sagella, Bellevue; 14. Keiffer Sexton, Highland; 27. Gavin Bencze, Winfield-Mt. Union.

Outlook: The girls race could be interesting — Alyssa Williams has one of the best times in the state for a high school cross country runner, but the target on her back will be large with three other runners ranked in the top five trying to chase her down. The other option is for opponents to wait for Fort Dodge to take a crack at Williams’ undefeated mark at Iowa meets this season. Williams and her Durant teammates will also look to continue a streak of four straight state berths. Wapello's boys, meanwhile, have ran well this season and should contend for their sixth state berth in the last seven seasons.

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