The Chariton girls cross country team had an outstanding day qualifying two runners for the State meet and just missing qualifying as a team for State for the second straight year at the State Qualifying meet at Panorama this past Friday afternoon.

Chariton freshman Emerson Fehrer and sophomore Haddon Anderson both qualified for State. Fehrer placed eighth overall and Anderson placed ninth to punch their tickets to participate in the State meet at Fort Dodge this Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m.

“What an exciting time for Emerson and Haddon! We are really excited for our trip to State. It will be a great experience for all of us,” Chariton Girls Head Coach Tom Anderson said.

The top three teams and top 15 individual runners in both the girls and boys races at the qualifying meet qualifying for State. The Chariton girls just missed qualifying as a team by placing fourth overall with 107 points.

Fehrer placed eighth overall in 21:47 and Haddon Anderson placed ninth in 21:50. Sailor Anderson placed 23rd in 23:03 and Milanna Primakov placed 29th in 23:39. Nadiia Miroshnik placed 40thin 24:20 and Jayden Jensen was 41st in 24:25. Milana Gogan was 56th in 25:29. Vivian Bauer was the alternate runner for Chariton.

It was 32 degrees with wind gusts of 17 miles per hour for the meet. “It was just a bone chilling day. We knew going in that in order to qualify as a team that we would have to have our best times of the season, and it was going to take everyone as a team to qualify, but as a team we came up a little short,” Coach Anderson.

Coach Anderson, who is both Sailor’s and Haddon’s father, reflected on it being Sailor’s last meet as a senior.

Read the October 27, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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