Humboldt teammates Quinton Orr (left) and Eric Wittrock each certified for state cross nation.
SPENCER — Quinton Orr proved why he’s the highest runner in Class 3A on Wednesday, blazing to his third district title and qualifying for his third state meet with a school-record time.
Orr remained undefeated individually on the season with a 3A state-qualifying meet championship. His classmate, Eric Wittrock, will make his second particular person journey to the state meet after ending fifth for the Wildcats.
“Quinton ran a terrific race,” stated Humboldt head coach Dean Clasen. “The time he ran was unbelievable.
“Eric was in sixth place, however fought again to get fifth within the final 400 to 500 meters.”
Humboldt (103 factors), completed fourth as a squad, lacking qualifying by 4 factors. MOC-Floyd Valley (99) was the third qualifier. North Polk (56) was the champion, adopted by LeMars (82).
“So far as the crew race, it was disappointing,” Clasen stated. “We had a complete bunch of children run their quickest instances of the season. They’ve been busting their tails.
“This season was lots about life classes with the whole lot else occurring. We obtained via it regardless of the adversity.”
Orr crossed the end line in a school-record 15:27, nearly a minute quicker than runner-up Zach Sporaa (16:19) of North Polk. Wittrock clocked a 16:34.
“I’m tremendous excited to refocus this subsequent week with Eric,” Orr stated. “We each ought to be proper there on the entrance.
“I’m glad Eric made it. He’s very deserving and I’m tremendous excited for him to have an amazing end to his profession. I’ve achieved all my targets this 12 months besides one (a state title), so I’m able to rock and roll at state and get after it. It’s a bitter finish to our crew season, however I’m glad I get yet another race with Eric.”
Not having a observe season final spring put a damper on working for all athletes, however making it via cross nation re-energized Wildcats.
“COVID actually put the whole lot in perspective,” Orr stated. “Some folks didn’t even get a season this 12 months, so it’s an actual blessing simply to have the ability to race. I couldn’t be extra happy with our crew. It hurts a lot that we had been 4 factors from qualifying.
“I’m tremendous joyful how we competed all season, although.”
Algona sophomore Ryan Stundahl was three spots from qualifying, ending 18th in a time of 17:12.
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