Entering today's Winneconne Sectional, J.P. Stanfield knew just what he had to due to qualify for the state cross country championships.

J.P Stanfield Subsectionals

J.P. Stanfield, pictured running at the Berlin Subsectional earlier in the week, finished ninth overall Saturday at the Winneconne Sectional.

The Ripon High School senior needed to be among the top-five runners not on a qualifying team to punch his ticket to next Saturday's meet at Colby High School.

He fell just short as he finished ninth out of 37 runners and sixth out of the individuals vying for state berths with a season-best time of 17 minutes, 39.7 seconds. He was a little less than 6 seconds behind the fifth and final qualifier, Berlin's Christopher Mankowski.

Stanfield's previous season-best was 17:45, which he accomplished earlier in the week during the Berlin subsectional to earn a spot at sectionals.

He finishes his high school cross country career, which began when he was a sophomore, with three all-conference finishes (a second team, first team and honorable mention).

Poynette and Winneconne qualified for state as teams, while Leo Richardson of Madison Edgewood (15:37), Rhyer Smit of Waupun (16:43.3), Eli Boppart of Mauston (16:47.6), Diesel Bosin of North Fond du Lac (17:27.7) and Mankowski (17:33.9) advances as individuals.

A full story, which includes comments from Ripon High School head coach Chris Gatzke and also will include information about subsectionals, will follow in the coming days.

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