Emery Sage J'Lyn Knutson

Emery Sage and J’Lyn Knutson continued their strong efforts in the sport of cross country by again qualifying for the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. State action will get underway Saturday.

For the third year in a row, J’Lyn Knutson will represent the Melcher-Dallas Saints at the 2019 State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge.

The junior has missed a majority of the 2019 season nursing a hip injury that has kept her out of the lineup. The only way to heal the injury – rest.

Knutson ran 21:02 to finish 10th overall in the 1A field of contestants at the 2019 State Qualifier held in Marshalltown Thursday, Oct. 24.

Knutson, a junior, was the lone M-D runner in the girls’ 5K field.

Winning the 5K girls’ race in Marshalltown was Sophia Jungling of Aplington-Parkersburg.

The top 15 runners and top three teams at the State Qualifier all punched their tickets to the state meet in Fort Dodge Nov. 2.

The top three teams were Aplington-Parkersburg with 59 points, Hudson 66 and Madrid with 124.


Emery Sage qualified for the state meet for the second year in a row.

Sage, a senior, finished in third place overall with a time of 17:12.

The winning time for the boys’ 5K race was 16:37 by Jason Renze of Madrid.

The three teams that qualified for state were Madrid with 35 points, Westfork 87 and Newman Catholic with 116.

The M-D Saints had the bare minimum of five runners, but they managed to post a team score. the Saints finished in 21st place overall with 536 points out of the 24-team field.

The rest of the M-D runners last Thursday were Tyler Hartman 111th at 21:30, Brady Parker 134th at 23:12, Jacob Russell 142nd at 24:05 and Chase Ripperger 146th at 24:48.

The Saints are coached by Amy Stuart.


Coach Stuart stated, “This is J’Lyn’s third straight appearance at the State Cross Country Meet. She had some pretty big goals going into this season to medal at State, but after our first meet at Albia we realized she had injured her hip and since then has had very little training other than physical therapy. We refocused her goal to just simply qualify for State and really had no idea if that would even be possible. J’Lyn is such a competitor and and even though she is not where she wants to be, she didn’t give up.”

“This will be Emery’s 2nd trip to State in his three seasons of Cross Country. Emery ran an excellent race at Marshalltown to finish 3rd. Now we will set his goal to crack that top 15 at State,” Stuart said.

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