Neah-Kah-Nie runners take sixth at state, White claims seventh

This group is chalked full of potential.

The Neah-Kah-Nie girls cross country team had a strong showing at the 2018 state championship meet at Lane Community College on Nov. 3. The team earned a sixth place finish out of the 12 teams competing in the 3A/2A/1A race.

By Max Kirkendall
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The girls qualified for the state meet after finishing second at the District 2 championships the week before, in which freshman runner Jordan White earned a third place finish.

At the state meet, White again led the Lady Pirates by taking home the seventh place medal with a time of 19:56. The second Pirate finisher was junior Karissa Hadermann with a time of 20:48, which was good enough for 23rd place out of the 85 runners in the field.

Sophomores Dinah Schultz and Emma Murphy also had strong showings at the state meet with times of 21:40 and 23:56 respectively.

Freshmen Emma Miller and junior Rheanne Bryant rounded out the Pirate runners at state as they crossed the finish line at 25:04 and 25:53 respectively.

With no seniors on the squad this season, the sky’s the limit for this group of runners who regularly finished near the top of the team standings each week.

Freshman Jordan White (bottom) took home the seventh place medal at the state meet. – Citizen Photos by Max Kirkendall