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PLHS XC Girls Take 6th & Jamison Earns 5th

October 31, 2016

Perry-Lecompton Girls Cross Country team earned a position at the 3A State Championship by winning the 3A Regional that was held at Council Grove on October 24th.  On Saturday, October 29th, the 3A State Championship was held at KU's Rim Rock course where twelve teams were in competition as well as a series of individuals from schools all across the state.

While no other PLHS girls' team had ever qualified for state competition, a multitude of individuals had qualified other the years including senior Lexia Jamison who earned a 4A spot her sophomore year as well a 3A spot her junior year.  Because of an injury, Jamison was not able to compete in 2015 and was determined to make the most of this opportunity.  From the start of the race, Lexia moved forward and ran with the lead pack.  At the mile mark, she was in the fifth position and did not relinquish her position and finish with a 20:43.  The Kaws pushed hard and fought for every place and every second.  Blaise Ball finished 49th at 23:00, Jolie Hirsch ran 24:05 at 60th, Sara Haggard finished 69th at 24:45, MK Dwyer ran 24:56 at 74th, Emily Hamm finished 77th at 25:08, and Dorothy Haggard ran 27:12 at 95th.  This young team of four freshmen and two sophomores are determined to return in 2017 and continue the legacy that Jamison and the others before her began. 

The Kaws earned a 6th place team finish which again makes PLHS XC history.  Overall team scores were 1. Hugoton (74), 2. Hiawatha (82), 3. Beliot (106), 4. Norton Community (109), 5. St. Mary's (151), 6. Perry-Lecompton (165), 7. Southeast of Saline (172), 8. Halstead (185), 9. Douglass (203), 10. Cheney (214), 11. Galena (252), and 12. Mission Valley (255).

The entire Kaws Cross Country team would like to thank all of the students, parents, administration, teachers and community members for all their support throughout the season and look forward to 'adding to the banner' in 2017!  Go Kaws!

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