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The Race to State

South varsity cross country came in second place in the districts race last Saturday, Oct. 26, at Kearney, securing them a spot in the sectional meet- the last qualifying race before state.

The varsity team, lead by junior Tucker Melles, came in second to the 15-year district champions Liberty.

“I was kinda disappointed with the outcome,” said Melles. “But we all ran a good race, and we’re all in great condition to run a great race at sectionals.”

And this year’s varsity has a real shot at State. With the best and second best average South team time for a 5K, at 16:51 and 16:28 respectively, they are set to come in second at sectionals as well, qualifying them for the state meet in Jefferson City.

“We’re gonna bring the fire at sectionals,” said coach Brett Lackey. “This team has been working hard since the beginning of summer, and we’re in the perfect position to unleash all of that training.”

The runners on varsity, including Melles, junior Gus Whitman, senior Keyan Lunders, junior Darian Case, junior Tristan McCoy, senior Alex Thurston, and junior Isaac Frieden, running in that order, are very anxious for state.

“We’ve been preparing for this for so long,” says Frieden. “It’s unexplainable how it feels to be so close now.”

With all their miles ran and speed workouts completed, South is ready to deliver at sectionals, and make it to state as a team for the first time.

“We better win state,” said Thurston. “I’ve been running to long to not win. That means you, Tucker! Get us that W.”