Iola runners place first at Independence



October 8, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The Iola varsity girls take off from the starting line in their race at Independence on Thursday. Both Iola varsity teams finished in first place. Photo courtesy of Erika Billings.

INDEPENDENCE — For the second time this season, both the Iola Mustangs and Fillies cross country teams came away from a meet with team gold medals at Sycamore Golf Course in Independence. Five Iola boys finished in the top eight runners in their race and all seven of the Iola girls finished in the top 12 in their race, each easily securing the win. Both junior varsity teams also earned gold in dominant fashion.

Both teams have finished in first place in three out of four meets (not including Rim Rock where they finished 10th and 11th respectively against a loaded field from multiple states). The fourth time, each team finished second.

The boys finished second at Central Heights after losing some runners to sickness and injury and the girls got caught in the first meet of the year by a Fort Scott team who was running on their home course and had finished third at state last season.

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