Cross country: Cunningham qualifies for state

Katelin Cunningham, middle, runs to a second-place finish and her third-straight berth to the state meet at today's Ripon Sectional, which took place at Tuscumbia Country Club in Green Lake. She was the Tigers' lone qualifier.

Only twice in the history of the Ripon High School girls’ cross country program has a girl qualified for state all four years.

Katelin Cunningham is one step closer to making it three.

The junior secured her third-straight state berth with a second-place time of 16 minutes, 14 seconds at today’s Ripon Sectional, which took place at Tuscumbia Country Club in Green Lake.

She was the Tigers’ lone qualifier.

The girls’ team finished in third place out of 14 schools, while the boys placed sixth out of the same number of teams.

The top two teams qualify for state, as well as the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams.

Amy Hutchings and Kaitlynn Azinger narrowly missed out on joining Cunningham at state on the girls’ side, finishing sixth and seventh among runners whose team did not qualify for state.

They came across the line in 10th and 11th overall, respectively, with times of 16:54 and 16:55.

Ben Reilly also just fell short of qualifying for the Tigers.

He placed seventh among runners whose team did not qualify for state with a time of 17:51. It was good for 15th-place overall.

Cunningham will represent Ripon in the state meet next week Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Division 2 race is scheduled to begin at 1:40.

Read the full story, which includes comments from Tiger head coach Chris Gatzke, in the Oct. 25, 2012 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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