Aiming higher: Falcon girls XC back to Fort Dodge (PHOTOS)

The Aplington-Parkersburg girls cross country will run as a team at the state cross country meet on Saturday in Fort Dodge for the fourth-consecutive season. (Jake Ryder photo)

MARSHALLTOWN – In past seasons, Aplington-Parkersburg girls cross country have had to push themselves to qualify as a team for the state cross country meet.

 

This fall, the Falcons went down a class to Class 1A and brought that same work ethic in pursuit of bigger goals.

 

No longer content to just squeak by, A-P showed that they'll be a contender at the state meet on Saturday, capturing a district title at last Thursday's state-qualifying meet on the campus of Marshalltown Community College.

 

A-P scored 59 points for the title, seven points ahead of NICL foe Hudson. Sophia Jungling was the district champion in 19 minutes, 26 seconds, nearly 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competition in Twin Cedars' Rylee Dunkin.

 

The Falcons will be making their fourth-consecutive appearance as a team at the state cross country meet.

 

"We've built this program up to get it on its feet," Jungling said. "Today, we came in with bigger goals, and 'district champs' has a nice ring to it."

 

 

PHOTOS: Aplington-Parkersburg cross country at Marshalltown

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