The Van-Far cross country program competed at districts two Saturdays ago in Bowling Green.
In the girls race, Maddie McAfee finished 16th, just missing going to state with a time of 23:40. This was a personal record for her, and a new school record. Vanessa Martinez also ran with a time of 26:18, which was a personal record for her also.
In the boys race, there were not enough runners for a team score; however, individually, Sam Hazel was 14th with a time of 18:47, which qualified him for the state meet.
Mel Troy was 25th with a time of 19:22, which was a new personal record for him. Ennis Childs was 57th with a time of 24:34, and Jayson Orr was 58th with a time of 26:57.
“All the athletes had their best time in the last two meets of the season so it was a very successful year,” said Van-Far cross country coach Kris Cross.
At last weekend’s state championships in Jefferson City, Hazel finished 148th out of a tough 175-runner field.
His time was a 20:38.
“State is a tough course, and on Saturday, it was a little muddy, which made it worse,” Cross said. “Sam went out a little slow and then tried to make up too much too quick, which hurt him in the end. State is always a great way to end your high school career and I’m very proud of Sam for making it. Sam had a great season and will be missed next year.”