A-P girls cross country narrowly misses top 3 (PHOTOS)

Members of the Aplington-Parkersburg girls cross country team gather after Saturday's Class 1A race at the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge. (Jake Ryder photo)

FORT DODGE – As a team, the Aplington-Parkersburg girls cross country put together a solid, well-rounded effort during the Class 1A girls state cross country race.

 

But when it came to scoring points in the team standings, the Falcons came up just short of their goal of a team trophy with a top-3 finish, finishing fourth in the team standings at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

 

A-P came up four points short of AHSTW for the top-3 finish, scoring 146 points. All seven Falcons completed the course in under 22 minutes, the only team in the Class 1A field to accomplish that feat.

 

Logan-Magnolia won the team title in 112, followed by NICL rival Hudson with 133 points and AHSTW with 142.

 

"That's part of life, part of sports, we just weren't good enough today," A-P head coach Jason Berkey said. "We did everything we could leading up to this race, and everyone gave it their best. That's all you can ask, and sometimes you come up short."

 

View more photos: Aplington-Parkersburg girls at state cross country

Sophia Jungling placed fourth overall in 18:54 to earn her fourth all-state recognition, ending her cross country career on the Lakeside deck one last time.

 

"Winning our first state-qualifier was a big step for our program," Jungling said. "We had a strong group of seniors and it's crazy that this is the last time we'll run Falcon cross country together. But this group of girls will accomplish great things with or without us seniors. They've given it their all."

 

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