Cross Country Belles’ season comes to a close

The Cross Country Belles wrapped up their season on Friday, November 6, finishing 13th at the 6A State Championship Meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The schedule was shortened this year due to COVID-19, but the team was able to compete in four meets across the state in addition to conference and state competitions. They finished 5th in the 6A Central Conference.


“Despite the unique challenges presented by this season, the MSM Cross Country team had a very successful year,” Coach Rachel McLemore said. “We had excellent senior leadership from Fran Edwards and Chloe Gourde that helped us make the best of the changes to our practice space and meet protocols.”


Coach McLemore also praised the team’s hard work and progress over the course of the abbreviated season. “We were a young team this year, with six freshmen and two new upperclassmen runners in addition to our seven returning runners. Almost every runner achieved a personal best time at some point thanks to their hard work. Everyone on the team made great progress this year and we have a lot to look forward to next season!”


Well done, Cross Country Belles and Coach McLemore!


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