Success at state

Mary Kate Vaughn earns the title of first in the state for Division II cross country on November 3 with a time of 17:41. Also, Mackie Keller earns eighth in the state after her first season with a time of 18:51. (Photo courtesy of Allison Ross)

The cross country team finished the season strong on Saturday, November 3rd. The boys finished 12th and the girls finished 10th in the state.

The seven boys than ran at State were Tommy Lane with a time of 17:00, Jeff Mumford with a time of 17:17, Ben McMillan at 17:46, Eric Krebs at 17:41, Will Hix at 17:51, Herbert Sizek at 17:12 and Justin Brenner at 17:28.

“The season went better than I ever thought it would. Our teams qualified for state, which the girls haven’t done in a long time, and we placed 10th which was amazing.” Mary Kate V. (9) said.

The top seven girls that competed last weekend were Mary Kate Vaughn with a time of 17:41, Mackie Keller at 18:51, Carder Gilbert at 20:39, Ally Ross at 20:45, Emma Gunnell at 20:44, Erin Kennedy at 20:58 and Megan Schmitz at 22:16.

“I feel the race was almost perfect. The weather was perfect and a lot of the people ran great races,” Mary Kate V. (9) said.

The runners worked hard all season towards going to State. Runner, Mackie K. (12) prepared for State by drinking a lot of water, eating the right kinds of food, getting enough sleep, visualizing the race, and keeping the same routine as she had the whole season. The runners’ hard work evidently paid off with the team’s success at State.

“Hopefully both the girls’ and boys’ teams get to return to the State meet next year and place even better than we did this year,” Tommy Lane (12) said.

The runners plan to return to State next year even stronger and faster. Mary Kate Vaughn hopes to run a 17:30 or better and qualify for Nike or Footlocker Nationals. As a freshman, this is exceptional since she is already the fastest girl in Ohio.

Mackie K. (12) said, “My first season of cross country was a great experience. I met a lot of great people on our team and on other teams. I learned a lot about running and competing in races, that definitely helps me as a runner. I was extremely happy with how far the guys and girls made it this year and State is an experience I will never forget.”

By Sarah Penix


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