The Rock Bridge boys and girls cross-country teams qualified for the state championships at Saturday's Class 4, Sectional 3 competition at Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton.
The Bruins' boys team finished second out of nine teams with 48 points, just three points behind winner West Plaines. The Bruins' girls team placed fourth out of eight teams with 94 points. West Plains also won the girls race with 67 points.
Rock Bridge *junior Caleb Wilfong won the 5K boys race in *15:45.12, and *junior Jordan Cook finished fifth in 16:02.51. *Sophomore Nathan Keown gave the Bruins three runners in the top 10 with an eighth place finish in 16:14.68.
In the 5K girls race, *junior Samantha Garrett finished 10th for the Bruins in 19:22.85 and *sophomore Megan Schulte finished 11th in 19:25.71.
Hickman is sending two runners to the state meet. The Kewpies qualified sophomore *Nicole Mello, who finished seventh in 19:21 in the girls race, and junior Devin *Sander, who was 13th in 16:16 in the *boys' race.
The top 30 individual finishers qualify for the state meet along with the top four teams.
The Kewpies' girls team was sixth with 138 points, and the boys team placed ninth with 192.
The state championship are scheduled for next Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. The Class 4 girls race begins at 9 a.m. and the Class 4 boys race starts at 10:15 a.m.