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Girls Cross Country Team wins Third Place at the District Meet held in Linn on October 30. The team advancing to the state competition are Ella Hays, Audri Youngblood, Gracee Foss, Avery Johnson, Jaelyn Clark, Isabella Stupavsky and Emmalee Williams. Photo by Cathi Utley, Hermann Advertiser Courier.

The Monroe City Cross Country teams traveled to Linn to compete in the Cross-Country District meet. Both the boys and girls teams entered the race with high expectations, hoping for a shot at an individual state title. Despite the very wet and muddy conditions, Monroe City will see five runners advance in the individual state competition. Also advancing, is the Girls Cross Country team, who brought home a third-place District title overall in the District meet.

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Jackson Wheeler running at the district meet to advance to State competition with a time of  19:03.60.

Head Coach Laura Mulvaney stated, “The boys knew they were going to have to compete individually, but the girls knew that they had a shot at going to state as a team, but it was going to take some really good times. We knew we were going to see some really tough competition, but the course itself was also new to us. We had never run at Linn before, and it was definitely one of the most difficult courses we have ran on this year; it was very hilly, not to mention a muddy mess from the rain the last several days, so it was definitely a challenge.”

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Isabella Stupavsky runs at the district meet.

Each individual placing in the top 30 against their competitors at districts this past week. Those advancing individually are: Emmalee Williams, placing fourth, with a time of 21:10.90; Ella Hays, placing seventeenth, with a time of 22:53.00; Audri Youngblood, placing twenty-fifth, with a time of 23:14.10; Kabott Harlan, placing twenty-third, running with a time of 18:53.60; and Jackson Wheeler, placing twenty-ninth, with a time of 19:03.60.

The Girls team placed third with 105 points. Competing on the Monroe City girls team is Emmalee Williams, Ella Hays, Audri Youngblood, Avery Johnson, Gracee Foss, Jaelyn Clark and Isabella Stupavsky. To qualify for this event, the team had to place in the top four. Teams advancing to the state competition will come from four separate Super-Districts. Other teams advancing at the District meet were Hermann High School, placing first with 27 points, Clark County High School, placing second with 84 points and Christian High School, placing fourth with 129.

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Emmalee Williams finished fourth overall with a time of 21:10.90 at the district meet, qualifying to compete individually at the state competition and helping send her team to state.

The state competition will be held in Columbia at Gans Creek on November 6. The boys are scheduled to run at 11:15 a.m., followed by the girls team at 12 p.m. Coach Mulvaney stated, “Our athletes really stepped up and set in their minds that they didn’t want to be done after this race.”

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Kabott Harlan and Jackson Wheeler run during the district meet in Linn on Oct. 30, qualifying for state.

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