PANORA — Colton Dorpinghaus took first place at Albia's Class 2A state qualifying meet with a time of 16:56, becoming the first Blue Demon to win a state qualifying meet when Stacy DeTar accomplished this feat in 1988.
Dorpinghaus' venerable performance catapulted Albia to a second-place finish at districts with a collective score of 66 — the highest finish in school history.
“It was amazing to see our guys run against teams we’ve never seen before," Albia coach Todd Ratliff said. "They did an amazing job handling that.”
Mason Cox also bolstered the Blue Demons by taking fifth with 17:40.
“Mason Cox has been an incredible senior leader,” Ratliff said.
The Albia coach praised his team for the effort they exerted in preparation for districts.
"Six of the seven guys were able to get us back there," Ratliff said. "That shows how hard they work at this throughout the year.”
Though the Blue Demon girls were unable to qualify for state as a team, Michell Manser and Jordan Winke each managed to qualify for state individually.
Manser took fourth with 16:30 and Winke corralled seventh with 16:45.
“Michelle has been a great mentor for Jordan," Ratliff said. "It’s been another first for our program to have more than one girl qualify.”
In other Class 2A action, the Davis County girls qualified for state as a team with 75 points. Addie McKee and Ally McClure were at the vanguard of the Mustangs' success. McKee took fourth overall with 16:18 and McClure nabbed 10th with 16:41. Meanwhile, Zach Hougland qualified for state by taking fourth at Tipton with 17:33.
Oskaloosa's Skylar DeJong garnered first in the Class 3A state qualifying meet at Pella with 16:24 and Spencer DeJong grabbed second with 16:32. In addition, Sienna DeJong finished second for the Indian girls with 15:19.
Despite the state qualifiers, both the Oskaloosa boys and girls' teams came up a little short of qualifying for state as a team, finishing fourth in both meets.