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Section 6A cross country: VanKempen qualifies for state

West Central Area freshman Abby VanKempen finished sixth individually to earn a spot in the State Class A cross country meet Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

VanKempen had a time of 15:37 to earn her place, 31 seconds behind champion Savannah Ramirez of Litchfield.

The top two teams and the top eight individuals not on those two teams advance to the state meet.

West Central Area 7th grader Demara Baumgardner finished 49th in 17:56, while Ashton Blair was 60th in 18:21 and Katie Poyzer was 99th in 22:04.

The Knight girls did not field a complete team.

West Central Area did have a complete boys' team, which finished seventh overall.

Junior Alex Toms led the way with an 18th place finish in 18:11, while Devin Nelson was 25th in 18:25. Ryley Nelson and Ethan Olson were 45th and 48th, respectively, with times of 19:10 and 19:12, and Bryce Paulson was 59th in 19:32.

Tyler Schill finished 61st in 19:34 and Chris Swenson was 73rd in 19:55.