Cross country team competes at district tournament, sends four runners to sectionals

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The Lebanon High School cross country team competed at the district cross country meet last Saturday. Four members from the Lebanon team qualified for the sectional meet this Saturday at Ha Ha Tonka park. Pictured from left, are Abby O’Connor, Zach Jamieson, Brayden Simpson and Nevaeh Page.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon boys’ and girls’ cross country team competed at the Missouri Class 4 District 5 meet on Saturday at Nixa.

With cool temperatures and a little bit of sun in the sky, the Lebanon cross country team competed hard, according to head coach Teresa Moore.

The Lebanon girls’ got the team off to a great start after two runners qualified for the sectional meet including Abby O’Connor who finished 16th and Nevaeh Page followed close behind, finishing 18th to earn a spot in Saturday’s meet.

Moore said she was glad O’Connor even got to participate in the race after dealing with some injury issues throughout the week.

“I was a little concerned about Abby's race as she had been unable to run for most of the last week due to blisters on her heel that had broken open and were bleeding through her socks and shoes,” Moore said. “But she was a real trooper and did what she needed to do to make it through to the next level.

“I am extremely proud of the way she battled through it and hopefully we can get her healthy going into sectionals.”

Moore said Page had one of her best races of the year.

“Nevaeh ran a great race as she and Abby ran much of the race together and encouraged each other to do the best that they could do,” Moore said. “It is great when you can have teammates running next to each other and pushing each other to the best of their abilities.”

According to Moore, other members of the girls’ team finished their season with some of their bet times.

Senior Alyssa Long finished just out of qualifying in the 35th spot and Alexis McGhee, Macie Fisher, Rae White and Tyra Rogers finished out the LHS varsity and posted new PR’s.

The boys had equally good results in their race on Saturday.
Brayden Simpson and Zach Jamieson both qualified for the sectional meet on Saturday with Simpson setting a new PR of 17:10 and placing 15th, while Jamieson finished 28th.

“Both boys ran great races against very tough competition,” Moore said. “I am excited for them to get a week of practice under their belts and see what they can do out there at sectionals.”

Simpson and Jamieson were followed by Dylan Krisher, Manny Del-Rio Vasquez, Dylan Church, Ben Woods and Von Edwards.

“I am really excited to see four of our kids moving on to the next level,” Moore said. “We have had a great season and we are hoping to continue it.”

The sectional meet will be held at Ha Ha Tonka park starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the top 30 kids in each race advancing to the state meet.

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