Boone Central/Newman Grove led area results from Thursday’s district cross country meets.
The Cardinals put together a pair of second-place team finishes as the hosts of the Class C District C-2 meet held at the Albion Country Club.
Jordan Stopak had the top BCNG run of the day, finishing first in the girls' race in a course record time of 18:53. She was 24 seconds ahead of runner-up Alexus Sindelar, of Pierce.
Behind Stopak were teammates Samantha Weeder in fourth, Autumn Simons in 18th, Katie Goodwater in 19th, Lauren Pugh in 43rd and Julia Nore in 44th. The top four totaled a team score of 33, 12 points behind champions Scotus Central Catholic.
The boys were led by Johnny Lindgren's runner-up time of 16:42 followed by Bradley Schindel in fifth, Scott Wright in 17th, Gaven Lenn in 23rd, Caleb Kohl in 40th and Harrison Dodds in 46th.
The Cardinal boys' total of 47 was just one point back of district champs Scotus.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove girls are coming off a fourth-place team finish at state a year ago that included four members of the current group. Samantha Weeder was the top runner in Kearney that afternoon, taking third overall.
The Cardinal girls are two-time state champs, having won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.
The Cardinal boys were last at state as a group in 2013. Lindgren qualified on his own a year ago and took fifth overall.
Other area teams in district cross country action on Thursday included Humphrey St. Francis, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, St. Edward and Twin River at the District D-2 meet in Yutan.
The Humphrey St. Francis girls qualified for state thanks to a third-place team finish with 41 points, well ahead of fourth place Stanton with 69.
Team members running included Leah Podliska taking eighth and Madison Stricklin finishing ninth. Also competing for the Flyers were Ashley Ternus, Kyleigh Sjuts and Emma Labenz.
Ternus was an individual qualifier last year taking 60th as a junior.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family will also be represented in the girls' race thanks to a third-place showing by sophomore Daisy Korus. Korus was 32nd at state last year as a freshman and is now 2 for 2 in qualifying for state.
The HLHF girls were sixth overall with 83 points. St. Edward was ninth with 141 points.
In the boys' race, no local runners were able to qualify individually or as a group. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family came closest in sixth place with 103 points.
St. Edward was 11th with 199 points and Twin River was 13th with 218.
The girls class D state race leads off the day Oct. 19 in Kearney with a noon start time.