The Lafayette Lancers finished a program-best second in the recent Class 4 state cross country meet held at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
The Lancers finished with 103 points. Nerinx Hall won state with 83 points.
Coach Scott Brandon was pleased with how well his girls performed this season.
“The Lafayette Lady Lancers had an exceptional year,” Brandon said. “This is a very special team. They know when to work hard and when to have fun. I feel very fortunate to be their coach.
“Looking back at the season, we finished first or second in all of the meets we ran this year. Winning both the district and sectional meets gave us confidence as we made our way to the state meet.”
It was only the second district title the Lancers have won in the last 15 years. It was also the second consecutive sectional title won by the Lancers.
Anna West led Lafayette with a fifth-place finish. Her time was 18 minutes, 20.06 seconds. Sarah Nicholson was seventh in 18:21.81. Elise Larson was 29th in 19:30.79. Julia Rombero was 36th in 19:49.96. Emma Riordan was 84th in 20:26.01. Mollie Roban was 131st in 21:00.21 and Courtney Trube was 156th in 21:56.32.
“The girls ran well at state,” Brandon said. “Anna West and Sarah Nicholson ran perfect races at the state meet. They found the group they needed to race and turned in top quality performances. Their races are the two fastest times ever run by Lafayette girls at state.”