Mercer County’s second place finish at the girls Class 1A Rock Falls Cross Country Regional lead the way for area schools on Saturday. The Golden Eagles were just edged out by Rock Falls for the title. Sherrard took third and Ridgewood fifth to advance to this week’s Oregon Sectional. The Golden Eagles Eden Mueller took second overall. Miranda Reed of Ridgewood was third and Olivia Thomsen of Orion was fourth.
In the boys competition at Rock Falls, Riverdale captured the team title with ease. Mercer County finished sixth and Sherrard seventh to qualify for the Oregon Sectional. Ridgewood’s Fernando Avila-Rubio and Orion’s Kade Scharpman qualified as individuals.