Both Cross Country Teams Make Sectionals


With the cross country season coming to a close, the school’s runners have been working to qualify for the state meet on Nov. 5 in Jefferson City after making it past sectionals.

The boys’ and girls’ teams both made it through Districts on Oct. 22 and qualified for Sectionals on Oct. 29. The top 30 runners from that meet are now heading to Jefferson City to compete at State.SONY DSC

“It’s pretty hard to qualify for State, so it’s really exciting just to make it to State,” coach Kim Martin said.

The team participates in practices after school every day to prepare for different meets as well as State. These regular practices help to prepare the team for State, with runners regularly trying to set new personal bests while supporting their teammates during practice and when competing at meets.

“We strive to become better each week in hopes of making it to State,” runner and sophomore Joel Boenitz said.

Making it to State is something that almost all the runners consider beneficial because they get the experience of going to the state championship meet and competing at a high level, as well as for scholarship opportunities.

“Colleges will notice what you have been doing and will start trying to give scholarships to you,” Boenitz said. “Going to State can be a big confidence booster for years to come.”

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