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Girls cross-country qualifies for state meet

For the first time since 2004, Glencoe-Silver Lake will be represented at the girls’ Class A state cross-country meet after the Panthers earned a runner-up finish at the Section 2A championship meet on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Montgomery National Golf Course in Montgomery.
“They are very excited to make it,” coach Josh Metcalf said. “The girls were not ranked in the top six in the section preview, so they shocked a lot of teams.”
Jumping up to lead GSL was Kendall Guerrero. The freshman ran her finest race to date, finishing the 5,000-meter course with a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 58.6 seconds to place 10th individually.
Senior Maddy Lemke was the next Panther to cross the finish line, taking 16th in 20:24.4, just ahead of freshman Malayh Metcalf’s 18th-place result of 20:49.8.
Junior Megan Siewert was 21st in a time of 20:38.3, with Kianna Dolezal rounding out GSL’s scoring with a 42nd-place time of 21:50.2.
Also running for the Panthers were Abigale Boetel (51st, 21:58.0) and Majkya Metcalf (75th, 22:52.2).
Five of seven GSL competitors ran their personal-best times at the meet, including Guerrero, Lemke, Siewert, Dolezal and Boetel.
Malayh Metcalf is the only Panther runner with state experience, having competed individually at the Class A meet for the past two seasons. According to her father and coach, she is excited to have her teammates accompanying her this time around.
“They are pumped to be there together,” coach Metcalf said of his team.
The Class A meet is scheduled to take place on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield this Saturday afternoon.
Following the boys’ Class A title run at 1 p.m., the girls are slated to take to the five-kilometer course at 2 p.m.