LHS Cross Country Teams Go to State

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LHS Cross Country Teams Go to State

LHS cross country teams finished in Ohio's top twenty.

LHS cross country teams finished in Ohio's top twenty.

Scott Burre

LHS cross country teams finished in Ohio's top twenty.

Scott Burre

Scott Burre

LHS cross country teams finished in Ohio's top twenty.

Nate Weber, Sports Editor

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The boys and girls cross country teams both qualified for the state meet that took place this past saturday. This is a big time accomplishment for both teams, the girls have not qualified for the meet since 2001. This is the the second year in a row that the boys have qualified, but before that, it has been twenty plus years.

The state meet was on Saturday, November 10, and it was very cold outside. The girls team placed 16th out of twenty teams and the boys placed 19th. They finished as a top twenty teams in the state, which is an incredible accomplishment.  

Senior Elise Johnson was asked what her biggest accomplishment of the season was and she said, “My biggest accomplishment this season would either be winning OCC’s or placing 13th at regionals to qualify individually for states. Both were huge goals of mine so being able to achieve them meant the world. Winning OCC’s on my home course was definitely something I will remember forever though. It was so rewarding to have all the hard work pay off.”

Andrew Ward, a senior runner on the boys team, got involved with running when he was in junior high. He was not always the fast runner he is today. When he was asked how he got involved in cross country he said “ I first got involved with cross country in winter running club at Thomas Ewing, when I used to be obese and could barely keep up with the front packers.”

The girls head coach Teresa Tripp, says she is very proud of how the team did this year. 

“ There is always adversity. We had an extremely warm season. Usually it cools off at the end of September and the heat just stayed around. Our girls became extremely tough. They know they can face a challenge head on and be successful.”