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Cross Country team wins HaHa Tonka meet

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The Lebanon High School cross country team competed at HaHa Tonka State Park on Friday in Camdenton.

According to head coach Josh Smith, the temperatures were in the mid 80’s by race time which is not ideal for racing. Despite the weather, the Yellowjackets ran strong and came away with a collection of medals and plaques.

ThevVarsity girls finished first as a team earning a plaque and had six girls earn medals. 

Abigail Tague was the overall meet champion. Tague was followed by Ella Johnson (8th), Jenna Massey (10th), Jordan Eastburn (11th), Bailey Cromer (12th) and Cadence Knight (18th). 

“The team has grown closer as the season has gone on and this team has some big expectations this season,” head coach Josh Smith said. “I was really pleased with their effort and team mindset this weekend.”

The varsity boys placed second as a team and had four individual medalists. 

Peter Stunja led the way for Lebanon finishing 4th. Stunja was followed by Kelby Conner (5th), Liam Allen (8th), and James Peregoy (19th). 

“The boys have a lot of talent and have a chance to finish with a special season if they keep their goals in mind and work as a team,” Smith explained.

Smith stated the following about the junior varsity team:

“The JV girls finished 1st as a team also. This made for three groups of girls finishing first at Camdenton for Lebanon. The Middle School girls finished first on Thursday. The girls have things going in the right direction for now and the future.  We are excited to see the JV and middle schools girls develop into varsity runners the next few seasons.

Madison Chepulis was the meet champion. She was followed by Kaitlynne Duenas- Gonzalez (3rd),  Elle Key (4th), Josie Wadley (12th), Makenna Laird (16th), Allison Takacs (18th). 

The JV boys ran hard and came away with a runner up finish. These boys are pushing for varsity spots.  The JV boys got out and competed hard and looked more confident than they have in previous weeks.  Leading the way for the boys was McCartney Armstrong (4th), Evan McSorley (5th), Aaron Fry (12th), Isaac Knight (15th), Paul DuBose (17th), and Cory Rogers (19th).”

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Alex Boyer