Bunceton and Prairie Home also have good showings

New Franklin’s Molly and Bailey Lyons will have at least one more week to compete in cross-country after qualifying for the state meet over the weekend at the Class 1 District 6 CC Meet at Howard Hills Athletic Complex in Moberly.
While competing against a field of 37 girls, Molly Lyons finished 12th overall in a time of 23:50.80.
Marissa Jochem of Cairo had the winning time in the meet in 21:16.60.
As for Bailey Lyons, the sophomore standout for New Franklin finished 17th overall in a time of 19:46.50.
Hayden Hackman of Glasgow captured first in the meet in a time of 18:08.20.
New Franklin cross-country coach Adam Quest said heading into the district meet, it was tough to know what to expect. “Based on past performances, I thought both Molly and Bailey had good chances at advancing to state,” Quest said. “But since each course is unique, its really difficult to compare times between different schools. The weather conditions were pretty dismal, and it was also hard to gauge how each athlete might handle the adverse conditions. There were some really treacherous places on the course, but in the end, both Molly and Bailey showed a lot of heart and had very strong performances.”
Bunceton and Prairie Home also had several runners competing in the district meet.
For the Lady Dragons, Lauren Wieland finished 24th out of 37 runners in a time of 27:08.80. Freshman Taylor Burnett, meanwhile, finished 32nd overall in 29:33.40 while Skyler Shuffield finished in 33rd place in 29:33.40 and Rachel Lenz 35th in 31:08.30.
For the Bunceton boys, freshman Blake Petsel finished 37th out of 46 runners in a time of 22:21.90 while Rylee Knapheide finished close behind in 38th place in 22:35.50 and Brayden Doyle 45th in 24:46.
As for the Prairie Home boys, Sage Eichenburch finished 29th overall in a time of 21:13.50.
Bunceton coach Annie Duffner said she was proud of the runners and their hard work and dedication this fall. “We have fought through some minor injuries and pains throughout our season, but all finished well,” Duffner said. “Friday at school, I had them all write down two specific goals they had for themselves for the district race on Saturday. Setting short term goals gave them the extra boost of confidence they needed to push themselves to finish strong.
“My kids have shown me consistent improvement with shaving off just a few seconds off their time each race and Saturday, a couple of them showed me just that. With a half mile left of the race, I was excited to see Rylee Knapheide and Blake Petsel finished together. Rylee ran his best time of the season while Blake also finished strong running his best time. My ladies also finished out their season with the mindset of “no regrets”. All in all, we had a great first cross-country season together as I am new this year and I know we will continue to get better for the future.”