Fillies and Mustangs finish second behind Anderson County

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October 19, 2019 - 12:36 AM

Riley Jay competes at the Pioneer League meet on Thursday in Garnett. REGISTER/ERICK MITCHELL

GARNETT — Head coach Marv Smith was fully aware Thursday’s Pioneer League cross country meet would be decided by a slim margin for both the boys and girls. The Fillies were the three-time defending champions, and the Mustangs had won the last five years. 

This time around, Iola was dethroned by Anderson County in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions to finish second. Despite not securing their respective crowns, the teams performed exceedingly well, Smith said. The boys had lost their top two through five runners over the offseason, and the girls had lost their top three. 

So what should have been a rebuilding year, has transformed into a successful season. 

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