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Marion Center High School Girls Cross Country Team Clinches Third Consecutive District 6 Championship


The Marion Center High School Girls Cross Country Team demonstrated their unwavering determination and exceptional athletic prowess as they secured their third consecutive District 6 Championship in Reedsville this past weekend. Led by senior Lydia Miller, who achieved an impressive 4th place finish, the team faced stiff competition from United but emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins. With a tie-breaking performance by sophomore Avery Ruddock, the girls have now earned their well-deserved spot in the state championship in Hershey on November 6th.

The battle for the District 6 Championship was one for the record books. Marion Center’s girls’ cross country team found themselves pitted against their formidable rivals from United. The competition was intense, with both teams delivering remarkable performances. Ultimately, the score ended in a tie, highlighting just how closely matched these two exceptional teams were. However, it was the impressive performance of sophomore Avery Ruddock, the team’s 6th runner, that broke the tie in Marion Center’s favor. This hard-fought victory is a testament to the unwavering dedication and teamwork of the entire girls’ team.

Joining Lydia Miller in securing the District 6 Championship were two other outstanding runners from Marion Center High School. Macie Miller showcased her athleticism and dedication by securing an admirable 16th-place finish. Claire Hood also delivered an impressive performance, finishing in 23rd place. These individuals, along with the rest of the team, exhibited tremendous grit and determination throughout the race, showcasing their commitment to excellence.

Marion Center’s boys cross country team also displayed great fortitude as they secured a commendable 5th-place finish in the district. Led by Seth Boring, who finished in 23rd place, the boy’s team demonstrated their competitive spirit and athleticism. Their hard work and dedication, both in practice and during the district championship, have paid off with this impressive result.

With their district victory, the Marion Center High School girls cross country team has earned their ticket to the highly anticipated state championship in Hershey on November 6th. Having showcased their exceptional talent and determination throughout the season, the team is poised to make a lasting impact on the state stage. Under the leadership of Lydia Miller and the guidance of their talented coaching staff, the Marion Center girls’ team is primed for success as they compete against the top teams from across the state.


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Mackenzie Thomas
Mackenzie Thomas, Sports and Feature Editor
“Don’t give up on the person you’re becoming”  I am Mackenzie Thomas, a junior at Marion Center Area High School. I am currently involved in Advanced Competetive Robotics, Bots IQ Robotics, FIRST Robotics, Future Business Leaders of America(FBLA), Cross Country, and Track and Field.  I am a proud member of the Newspaper staff for the fifth year. My love for journalism is flourishing as I am able to contribute to myself in a positive way. Ultimately, the Newspaper Club is giving me the opportunity to represent the school through writing and exploring events going on amongst the student body, all while contributing to my future career goal in the sports journalism field. 
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