A runner from Three Lakes will be competing in the 106th running of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Cross-Country Championships and the 45th annual Girls Cross-Country Championships that will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Advancing to the Division 3 State Run from Three Lakes is senior Jared Zwettler, who placed third at the Amherst Sectional in 16:53.4. Adam Rzentkowski of Rosholt was first in 16:17.3.

The Division 3 Boys State Run will be at 12:35 p.m. Saturday on a 5,000-meter course. The Division 1 boys run will be at noon to get the meet started. Ticket price for the meet is $6. 

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. 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’s how Zwettler qualified. 

Seven of the top 10 teams in Division 3 last season have qualified this season. Darlington, which had its string of six straight championships snapped with a runner-up finish last year, returns this year with four runners that competed at State last season. Luther, which placed eighth last year, has the most experience returning this season with six participants that competed at State last season. Lake Country Lutheran, McDonell Catholic, Brillion and Assumption each have five runners returning to the field after placing fifth, sixth, seventh and 10th, collectively, last year. Rosholt finished third a year ago and returns with three runners from that squad.

In Division 3, senior David Vannucchi of Luther is the two-time defending champion in pursuit of his third title. He also finished 13th as a freshman in 2015. Three other returning runners, who finished in the top 10, include senior Adam Rzentkowski of Rosholt, who was runner-up last year and fourth in 2016; senior Isaac Wegner of Durand, who finished third last year and 28th in 2016; senior Payton Heinberg of Darlington, who was sixth a year ago after running to a third-place finish in 2016 and 16th in 2015; and senior Sam Larson of Luther, who was 10th last season. Zwettler was 54th last year as a junior.

Good luck to Jared this Saturday!