Kelby Rinas made history on Saturday.
The sophomore from Mandan became the first girl in school history to win a state title in cross country. Rinas joins Fred Stoskopf (1988) as the only Braves to win state titles in cross country.
"I wanted to get out and set the pace," Rinas said. "I wanted to lead."
She did from start to finish to cap off a dominating season.
The top five finishers at Valley City's Bjornson Golf Course were from Mandan and Bismarck.
"I just wanted to get out and run my best race and hope everybody else did the same," Rinas said. "I was really happy with how I did. It was really fun to have Mattie pushing me the whole way."
The runner Rinas was referring to was Bismarck's Mattie Shirley-Fairbairn, who crossed second in a time of 18:26, eight seconds behind Rinas and three in front of Lindsey Werner of Legacy.
"Kelby put in a lot of hard work this summer. She came into the season with the mindset of finishing in the top three," Mandan coach Hilary Feist said. "She was so consistent. She had an amazing season."
Rinas will take a little time off before competing in big national meets sponsored by Nike and Foot Locker.
Century nearly pulled off the team title. Led by Megan Goldade (fourth) and Erin Palmer (fifth), the Patriots were just a single point behind Fargo Davies and Grand Forks Central, which finished deadlocked with 88 points each. Davies won it on a tie-breaker due to having the higher sixth-place finisher.
Sahlae Lindell of Century earned all-state honors with her 17th-place finish.
Bismarck High took fourth overall with Callie Clausnitzer (15th) and Reece Vorachek (19th) turning in all-state performances.
Mandan's Maria Moore (22nd) just missed.
Ogle finishes strong
Watford City's Kayla Ogle placed second in the Class B girls race.
Only Reagan Baesler of Hillsboro-Central Valley crossed ahead of Ogle, a junior. Baesler won going away in a time of 18:28.
The Burros and Wolves also finished 1-2 in the team race, 98-108.
Haley Ogle was Watford City's No. 2 finisher, while Jaelyn Ogle was eighth.
Shiloh Christian's Amber Stevahn came in 14th in a time of 20:09.