Aubrey Watkins placed 4th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet, qualifying for State. (Photos by Dana Zembles and Jason Watkins)

Rebekah Lucas placed 11th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet, qualifying for State.

Jordan Graf placed 13th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet, qualifying for State.

Hunter Bennett placed 16th, in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet, just missing out on State by one place.

Lucas Joesting placed 20th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet.

Matthew Driskell placed 24th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet.

Thomas Danielson placed 50th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet.

Remington Stoner placed 19th in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet.

Trulin Pankau placed 41st in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet. 

Atchison County had a great showing in the Class 1, District 8 Cross Country Meet with three local athletes finishing in the top 15 and qualifying for state. Rock Port’s Aubrey Watkins finished 4th overall with a time of 21:54.50. Rebekah Lucas of Rock Port finished 11th with a time of 23:05.80. East Atchison’s Jordan Graf placed 13th with a time of 19:54.90. The state bound athletes will travel to Columbia, Missouri, to compete at Gans Creek on Saturday, November 9.

The East Atchison boys finished in fourth place as a team. Other Atchison County runners who competed in the District event included: Rock Port – Remington Stoner, 19th, 20:57.60, and Trulin Pankau, 41st, 22:53.30; and East Atchison – Boys – Hunter Bennett, 16th, 20.29, Lucas Joesting, 20th, 21:13.40, Matthew Driskell, 24th, 21:43.10, and Thomas Danielson, 50th, 25:45.70; and Girls – Jaecey Hill, 39th, 33:28.30.