Model Laboratory freshman Janie Ward took first place in the Class A Cross Country Regional Meet held Saturday in Monticello.
She was followed closely by teammates Hannah Durbin (freshman, second place) and Hannah Nnoromele (sophomore, third place). Reagan Cole, a seventh grader, placed 10th in the high school meet for Model.
Ward’s time in the 5K run through outdoor terrain was 21:18. All four Model girls qualified for the state meet, which is scheduled for Saturday at the Horse Park in Lexington.
“We have a very strong and talented girls team,” Model coach John Reece said. “We have a lot of excellent young runners. I expect Model to continue to have a leading program for the next few years.”
Two Model boys also attained Top-10 finishes and qualified for state. Senior Woody Rini led the Model team with a seventh-place finish and a time of 19:25. Freshman Jack Frisbee was eighth in the meet.
Also placing in the competition for the Model boy’s team were Kyle Macklin (senior, 23rd) and three freshman — Chase Mohallatee, 24th; Nathan Rininger, 33rd and James Moore, 36th.
Reece, a former cross country runner for Berea College, is in his first season coaching the Model Patriots. He is assisted by Bryan Cole.