The Montevideo Gold Dusters finished fourth in the Section 3AA high kick dance team competition at Waconia Saturday, coming up just short of qualifying for a spot in state competition.
Qualifying for the three spots in the state meet were Marshall, Delano and Hutchinson.
The Gold Dusters were ninth in the jazz competition, which was also won by Marshall.
"We danced the best dance of the year and scored the highest scores in my coaching career," said Gold Dusters coach Sharon Forde.
"For total points, we were one point behind Hutchinson and six points behind Delano. Ranking points were Marshall 4, Delano 12, Hutchinson 12.5 and Monte 15. We scored 60 points higher than last year at sections.
"I am very proud of this team and the growth we have made trying to compete against schools that are two and three times bigger than us."
Montevideo will host the Section 3A competition Saturday, starting at noon.