The Cassville cross country team had prepared for this moment all season long. After qualifying for state last year, the Cassville cross country girls knew they had a good shot again this year, and on Saturday in Nevada, they capitalized.
The Ladycats took home second place honors at the district meet to advance to the state cross country championships in Jefferson City on Saturday.
Misty Long led the squad, finishing fourth with a time of 21:23. Ron'L Hoff and Tia Baker followed her in 10th and 11th place respectively with times of 21:56 and 21:59. All three girls earned district medaled.
Courtney Beagle and Gabby LeCompte rounded out the team effort, finishing 17th and 25th with times of 23:16 and 24:26. Cheyann Essley and Hannah Elkins also competed, finishing 36th and 37th respectively.
On the gentlemen's side Ryan Pace finished 21st with a time of 18:40.
The girls squad will now get ready to head to state for the second year in a row.
"I am really proud of our girls team," said Coach Chris Shore. "They have improved all season and have really stepped up in the conference and district meets."
At Nevada, the Ladycats earned 57 points as a team to finish second behind Clinton?who tallied 50 points. Other top schools competing at the Class 3, District 6 meet included McDonald County, Carthage and Pleasant Hill.
This will be the Ladycats' second trip to state as a team in back-to-back years.