Jalyssa Blazek, shown here winning at the state qualifying meet, ran to a top-10 finish at the Class 1A state cross country meet Saturday.

Turkey Valley's Blazek takes sixth at state cross country

Trojan freshman leads three area girls into top 50; New Hampton's Usher caps outstanding career at state

Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek capped a standout freshman cross country season Saturday as she ran to a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A state meet.
Blaek finished the race in 19:59.3 to earn a medal in her first-ever state meet, while teammate Jaycie Byrne, who is a sophomore took 40th in a time of 21:21.1. Nashua-Plainfield’s Chloe Matthews also came home with a top-50 finish as she finished 49th in a time of 21:33.3.
Meanwhile, New Hampton’s Nolan Usher capped an outstanding cross country career with a 56th-place finish as he completed the course in 18:02.2. It marked the third year Usher had run at the state meet.
— For more on this story, see the Oct. 30 Tribune

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