The Chariton girls cross country team ran hard and competed well at the State cross country meet in Fort Dodge this past Saturday. It was the first appearance for a Chariton girls cross country team at State since 2000.

On Saturday, Chariton placed 15th overall in Class 2A with 391 points. Sailor Anderson was Chariton’s top runner, placing 66th overall in 22:00.62. Milanna Primakov placed 77th in 22:25 and Ruth Vahnenko placed 78th in 22:28.03.

Lubove Vahnenko finished 80th in 22:33. Nadiia Miroshnik finished 90th in 23:06. Angel Blagsvedt finished 102nd in 24:21. Deanna Primakov finished 103rd in 25:03.

“What an excellent experience for the girls. It was a little on the cold side Saturday morning, but we ran well. The girls did an excellent job this season. We had some ups and downs, but overcoming those ups and downs and working hard throughout the season allowed us to run in the 2019 state championship in Fort Dodge,” Chariton Head Coach Tom Anderson said.

“This was a really exciting time for the girls getting to go to State as a team. Since 2000, we have had a couple of individual state qualifiers. Sailor Anderson and Ruth Vahnenko both qualified for State as freshmen in 2017. Ruth qualified for State as a sophomore in 2018. This year, Milanna Primakov, a freshman, qualified as an individual and we qualified as a team. We will miss our four seniors next season including Lubove and Deanna as runners and Amara Fisher and Alyssa Elliott as managers,” Coach Anderson said.

Mid-Prairie Wellman won the Class 2A girls team standings at state with 61 points followed by Williamsburg, which was second with 62. Monticello was third with 130. Jesup was fourth with 169 and AC-GC (Adair Casey-Guthrie Center) was fifth with 169.

Read the November 5, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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