Iola cross country teams take Pioneer League titles



October 14, 2016 - 12:00 AM

BURLINGTON — If this is truly going to be Marv Smith’s final season at the helm of the Iola cross country program and if Thursday represented his final time coaching the Mustangs and Fillies in a league championship meet, then his 2016 team gave him a heck of a send-off.

After the races, the coach — who has spent 50 years coaching at Iola High School in some capacity or another — was reminded of a quote he gave the Iola Register over 30 years ago after another meet when his team dominated. “We took all of the hardware home except the starter’s pistol,” Smith recalled.

On Thursday, the 2016 team, who were all still a decade away from being born when Smith first said those words, impressed him enough to repeat them to the Register once more.

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