ARCADIA–Sophomore Annie Haas finished ninth out of 100 runners at Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 Arcadia sectional to earn a second straight trip to the WIA state cross country meet.
Haas, who missed a large chunk of the season with injury, ran a season-best 21:36.18 to earn one of the five individual state berths.
Westby, lead by sectional champion Elena Schmidt (19:53.78) and five runners in the top 15, won the sectional team title with 38 points, while La Crosse Aquinas (62) finished second to earn the other team state berth.
The Hillsboro girls finished sixth as a team with 179 points.
The top five finishers not on Westby or Aquinas qualified for state.
A week ago, Haas led the Lady Tigers to the Scenic Bluffs Conference title when she won a second consecutive individual SBC title.
Last year, Haas finished 32nd at state.
Haas and the rest of the Division 3 girls field will toe the starting line at noon on Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Freshman Paige Stull placed 20th at sectionals with a time of 22:39.98.
Seniors Destiny Shore (32nd, 23:32.56) and Amy Salisbury (60th, 26:10.83) closed out their careers Saturday.
Sophomore Carly Krajco finished 73rd at 27:05.57. Junior Belinda Griffin placed 76th at 27:41.47.
The Hillsboro boys also finished sixth out of 16 teams with 154 points.
Aquinas (42 points) won the boys’ team title, while Westby (63) finished second.
Westby senior Spencer Oftedahl won the individual sectional title with a winning time of 16:53.44.
Sophomore Dacoda Wells and Jason Griffiths led the way for Hillsboro.
Wells finished ninth overall at 18:05.28) and just missed advancing to state by one-hundredth of a second. He was nipped at the finish line by Cashton senior Josh Korn (18:05.27) for the fifth and final individual state berth.
Griffiths placed 30th at 19:17.85.
Junior Zach O’Hair finished 34th at 19:38.28. Freshman Dawson Cordner was 38th at 19:45.17, sophomore Drew Bisarek 49th at 20:11.36, junior Cameron Haas 65th at 20:54.82 and senior Skyler Fisher was 71st at 21:04.46.