The 107th running of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Cross-Country Championships and the 46th annual Girls Cross-Country Championships will take place this Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Division 3 girls field will include freshman Kallie Volk of Three Lakes, who placed fourth overall in the Athens Sectional. She had a time of 20 minutes, 12.6 seconds. 

There are 20 teams contending for the State championship in Division 1 for boys and girls, and 16 teams competing for the boys and girls Divisions 2 and 3 team titles. Teams competing for the titles qualified last weekend at their respective Sectional meets. The top two teams in each of the 10 Division 1 Sectionals and the top two teams from each of the eight Divisions 2 and 3 Sectionals advanced. As a team, Three Lakes finished seventh overall in the Sectional with 202 points. Advancing were Auburndale with 57 points and Marathon with 91.

In addition to the qualifying teams, the first five individual finishers at their respective Sectionals, who are not members of a qualifying team, also qualified for the State meet. That is how Volk reached the State championship. Kallie’s sister, Kortnie Volk, a senior at Three Lakes, just missed a trip to State by finishing in eighth place at the Sectional in 20:32.7.

The boys and girls will both run a 5,000-meter course. The girls will open the meet, with the Division 2 run at noon, followed by the Division 1 run at 12:40 p.m. and the Division 3 run at 1:20 p.m. The boys Division 2 race will start at 1:45 p.m., followed by Division 1 at 2:35 p.m. and Division 3 at 3:10 p.m.

Six of the top 10 and 12 of the top 20 individual finishers from last year’s State meet return for another run at the title in girls Division 3. Among them is senior Marissa Ellenbecker of Edgar, who returns to the State meet after running to the State title the last two seasons. She also ran to a third-place finish her freshman season in 2016. 

Sophomore Madison Sand of Durand should again challenge for the individual championship this season after placing third last year. The same is true for junior Helen Carstens of North Crawford, who placed sixth last season and 12th in 2017. Sophomore Anelise Egge of Kickapoo-LaFarge returns after finishing eighth last year, and junior Kara Troxel of Bonduel will likely be among the leaders after coming in ninth last season and fifth in 2017. Senior Hannah Constable of Johnson Creek is also back in the field following her 10th-place finish last year. 

Junior Sylvia Hansen of Gillett attempts to return to title contention after racing to a third-place finish in 2017. She slipped to 27th last year. Others who could be in contention for the title based on their Sectional titles last week are senior Christi Forman of Waterloo, who finished 23rd in 2018; and junior Savannah Schley of Loyal-Greenwood, who placed 15th last season. Schley won the Athens Sectional. 

Good luck to Kallie Volk in her first appearance at the State meet.