FORT DODGE – Nevada sophomore Caitlin Dewell had a good showing at her-first ever state cross country meet Saturday at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Dewell completed the girls’ 4-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 10.3 seconds to place 54th out of 121 runners in Class 3A. That time was good enough to beat her state-qualifying mark of 16:16.40.

"It was pretty hard because all the girls are super fast," Dewell said. "But I had a lot of fun and I’m really glad for all the support my teammates gave me all week."

Patience and determination enabled Dewell to finish in the top half of the 3A field Saturday.

"Coach (Mike Christiansen) said to make sure I get ahead at the start," Dewell said. "But my start was not that great, so I had to work my way up."

Pella’s Tess Roorda edged Davenport Assumption’s Joy Ripslinger in a battle of talented freshman for the 3A individual championship. Roorda crossed the finish line in 14:36.5 and Ripslinger ended up at 14:38.0.

Decorah won a tiebreaker over MOC-Floyd Valley for the 3A girls’ team championship, after both teams scored 108 points.