Vandalia’s Lathyn McMorris created some history on Saturday at the Class 1 State Championships for cross country in Jefferson City when he earned all-state honors in the first year of the newest Indians’ program.
McMorris finished 14th overall out of 165 runners to earn all-state honors with a time of 17:42.44.
His time beat a personal record by more than :20 seconds and it was his best race of the season.
“We had talked about that he had to get out hard at the beginning of the race at state and he did just that,” said Van-Far head coach Kris Cross. “He was out in about the 12th place at the mile and then faded a little to 22nd for most of the rest of the race. It was in the last quarter that he went flying by eight people to finish 14th. That is extremely tough because at state the whole last quarter mile is uphill. I’m extremely proud of how hard he ran and that he gave everything he had to his final race of the season.”
Cross noted that she is extremely grateful to the school board for allowing Lathyn and the other runners over the future years who are going to make it to state for this opportunity to have the sport at Van-Far.