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Girls cross country earns two All-State runners

By Brody Feldmann

Staff Writer

On Saturday afternoon the Mustang girls cross country finished fourth in the 6A State meet. The Broncos had two named to the All-State team with top ten finishes.

“It’s kind of crazy honestly because if you would have asked me at the beginning of the season if we would make it to state like we did, I would have said no,” Madison Cornelious said. “Mainly because I didn’t believe in myself but it is a really good feeling.”

Mustang cut their overall placing in half from last year at state. In 2015 the Broncos finished in eighth place while in 2016 Mustang finished with 121 points and a fourth place finish.

Cornelious a first year cross country runner as a senior finished in fifth at State. Her fifth place finish earned her All-State status. On Saturday Cornelious ran a time of 19:30.5.

Cornelious says she is interested and really close to signing with Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“I’m thinking about signing with SWOSU, I’m very close with signing with them,” Cornelious said.

For the Broncos, junior, Emma Downing finished in sixth place with a time of 19:33.7. Just as her best friend Cornelious did, Downing was named to the All-State team.

“I was really proud of her for pushing how hard that she did at the end. I knew that she stayed up for the whole race and still pushed as hard as she did,” Cornelious said. “I’m just sitting here smiling just thinking about it (All-State together).”

In 31st place at state, senior, Isabella Hochstetler finished with a time of 20:40.5. Hochstetler has interest from Southern Nazarene University as well as Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Tyler Schwemley finished with a time of 20:44.9 which was good for a 34th place finish for the senior. Schwemley also has interest from universities around the area.

The Broncos had two runners finish back-to-back in 50th and 51st place. Lauren Grisham a junior took 50th with a time of 21:19.5. Right behind Grisham was freshman Paris Nance in 51st with a time of 21:19.9.

The second displacer for the Broncos was junior Savannah Basco in 62nd place with a finish of 21:53.2.

“There was some crying, I think everyone was just really proud because we knew we went out, ran our own race and we gave it our all,” Cornelious said.

The Broncos will run in three more races throughout the region. All three are considered All-Star races that teams must be accepted to run in.

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