The Laquey Hornets and Crocker Lady Lions were Pulaski County representatives this year in the Missouri Class 1 State Cross Country Championship this year.
The race was very competitive this year. Junior Ashley Riley from South Nodaway won the Individual State Title with a time of 19:55, while West Platte won the Girls Team Championship.
The Boys race was won by Senior Easton Sabala of Hermitage who ran an impressive time of 16:43. New Haven won the Boys Class 1 Team Championship this year.
The Crocker Lady Lions was represented by Sophomore Madison Markley this year. She was the 123rd overall best runner in Class 1 this year. She Started off strong by hitting 7:13 for her first mile. Her next two miles would average around nine minutes. She finished her final race this year with a time of 26:22.
The Laquey Hornets and Lady Hornets ended an incredible year. Both teams captured the Frisco League Championship and had several All District and All Conference runners this season. All of their girls are returning next year.
The Lady Hornets qualified as a team this season. They ended the year as the 15th best team in Missouri. Junior Ariana Rice placed 45th overall with an amazing average pace of just over 7:40 minutes a mile. Her time was 23:14. Her Freshman sister Acacia placed 64th with a time of 23:48.
Sophomore Alexia Cressel ran very well at she finished 141st in missouri with a time of 28:14. Freshman Evelyn Rogers placed 146th in the state with a time of 28:41. The Final Lady Hornet was Junior Hailey Miller who ran 29:13 and placed 151st.
The boys team had two representatives in Saturday.
Senior Peter Fowers was selected as all state this year with his 21st finish. He ran a great time on the state course of 17:50. His first mile was 5:30 and hist third mile was 5:50.
Senior State Medalist Peter Fowers said this after the meet, "It's been a long road since meeting Coach Wood in 8th grade and after coming up short last year at 26th place, I was finally able to become a state medalist."
Head Laquey Cross Country Coach Michael Wood said this after the boys race, "I still remember after seeing Peter run his first race in 8th grade I told him "Ok new game plan, I want you to get in first and stay there", and the rest is history. With a work ethic like Peter's, there nothing this guy won't be able to achieve in life."
Freshman Orin Miller placed 85th, in the top half or the race with a time of 19:12.The Laquey Hornets will be getting ready to continue their success by training this winter and spring to try to return more runners to state next year,