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Remmers advances to state cross country

Staff writer

After burning up the Class 3A regional race, McKenzee Remmers, lead runner for Marion’s girls cross country team, will run at state for the first time on Friday at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence.

Running regionals at Lake Afton in 17 minutes and 4.20 seconds to place 8th overall, Remmers finished 11 places better than she did last year at the same course and improved her time by over 1 minute.

Coach Rebecca Hofer said McKenzee had a fantastic run.

“She ran strong the entire race,” Hofer said. “I especially loved all the girls’ excitement for McKenzee after the race. It was like they all made it.”

However, for everyone else on the team, it was the last run of the year.

“It was a challenging course and the hot sun definitely made a difference,” Hofer said. “They were all nervous about running the dam and the end of the race, but they all did so well.”

Emily Hague took 24th with a time of 19:26.20; Meggan Freese was next in 36th at 20:27.60; Brittany Hett was 58th at 24:31:00; Kaitlyn Goebel placed 61st at 24:59.40; and Shyla Harris came in 63rd with a time of 25:00.80.

“Meggan had an amazing finish,” Hofer said. “She was cramping really bad and about in tears but kicked it in and sprinted the last hundred meters.”

For the boys, senior Quinton Hett finished his cross country career for Marion by placing 47th with a time of 22:00:60. Hofer said Quinton “gave it his all” and “finished hard.”

Logan Waner was next in 51st at 22:26:50 followed by Taylor Fahey in 70th at 23:43:80.

“I have had such a fun season with them all,” Hofer said. “They were an awesome group of young men and women.”

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