Headed to state! Ozark County cross country runners qualify for state meet, Dora earns district championships
Runners from Bakersfield, Dora and Gainesville competed at district cross country meets on Saturday, Oct. 28. Bakersfield and Dora traveled to Cape Girardeau for the Class 1 District 1 meet, and Gainesville went to Lamar for the Class 2 District 2 run.
The top 30 individual runners and the top four teams advance to the state competitions Friday, Nov. 3 in Columbia.
The Dora girls took first place and were named district champions with an average time of 22:18 for the team. They were led by freshman standout Isabelle Martin in first place. In addition, Emma Martin, Kara Anderson, Kinley Luna, Haley Perkins and Chloe Barton individually qualified for state by finishing in the top 30.
Dora junior Cade Nold also came in first place at the meet earning another district championship for the Falcons. Joshua Nold and Daniel Tomlinson qualified individually to compete in the state meet.
Dora is coached by Sheree Nold.
The start of the Class 2 district race was delayed an hour due to lightening. After the delay, Gainesville runners dealt with dropping temps, heavy rain and a muddy course, but GHS coaches said the runners were prepared for the challenge. Three Gainesville student athletes qualified for state: Ryder Murphy, Archer Luna and Kaitlyn Kahl.
Gainesville is coached by Gary Emrick and David Murphy.
The state cross country championship races are Friday, Nov. 3 at Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia. Class 1 boys begin at 9 a.m., followed by Class 1 girls at 9:45. Class 2 boys starts at 11:15, followed by Class 2 girls at noon.