Girls Cross Country Makes History

Freshman Alexa Marshall led the girls cross country team to its highest state finish in school history.

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Freshman Alexa Marshall led the girls cross country team to its highest state finish in school history.

Brooklynn White, Staff Reporter

The Rose Hill girls cross country team took sixth place at the 4A race in Wamego, which was the highest finish in school history.

“Our expectations never really changed from regionals, we knew it was going to be really tough. Sixth place is the best we have done in our program and I am so happy about that.,” said Coach Barger, “We haven’t been to state, as a team, since 2013. We have always had individuals go, but going as a team is more special.” 

Freshman Alexa Marshall was the highest finisher among the team, placing 19th. Senior Aubrie Thomison took 42nd.

“I wasn’t really sure how this season would go because it was my first time trying cross country,” Marshall said. “But I think it went really well, I was nervous when I found out we were going to state and I wasn’t that confident, but I think I did better than I thought I was going to.”

“Our expectations never really changed from regionals, we knew it was going to be really tough. Sixth place is the best we have done in our program and I am so happy about that.,” said coach Brandon Barger, “We haven’t been to state, as a team, since 2013. We have always had individuals go, but going as a team is more special.” 

Thomison said going to state was a great way to finish her cross country career at RHHS. 

“I was unbelievably happy when I heard that our team qualified for state,” Thomison said. “I started crying when I heard that we took third place. As for expectations (at state), I wanted our team to get better than eighth place, because that’s the best that Coach Barger has had a team finish. We exceeded our expectations, and that was the best way to finish my cross country career.”