Athlete of the Week
Ballard junior Paityn Noe is the Tri-County Times Athlete of the Week.
Noe won her first individual state championship at the state cross country meet Friday. Noe followed up a third-place finish as a freshman and a runner-up performance last year with a dominant win in the Class 3A girls' race Friday at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge.
Noe completed the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 12.74 seconds. She won the race by nearly 54 seconds — the most dominant showing in all four classes Friday and Saturday.
Noe's efforts helped Ballard place second as a team in 3A.