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Keeney returns to state cross country with district championship

Liberty High sophomore leads a Lightning trio to Fort Dodge

MARSHALLTOWN– Ashlyn Keeney is headed back to the state cross country meet.
Keeney finished 72nd in last year’s meet as a freshman and was Liberty High School’s only Bolt to qualify. This year, the speedy sophomore will lead a trio of Bolts after placing fourth in a Class 4A district (state qualifying) meet Thursday, Oct. 24, in Marshalltown. Keeney won the district championship with a time of 17:58.4, beating runner-up Emily Naughton, of Indianola, who finished in 18:20.9.
Freshman McKenzie Logan and junior Camille Mac also qualified with ninth- and 12th-place finishes in 19:26.4 and 19:31.0, respectively.
Liberty was fourth in team points behind champion Johnston, runner-up Indianola and Mississippi Valley Conference rival Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The 2019 State Cross Country Meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge.
The state meet opens with 4A girls at 11 a.m. followed by 4A boys at 11:30 a.m. The Class 4A awards ceremony is scheduled for 12:20 p.m.

Marshalltown Class 4A State Qualifier Meet results for Liberty High School
Team results— 1, Johnston, 36. 2, Indianola, 81. 3, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 84. 4, Liberty High, 89. 5, Ottumwa, 111. 6, Ankeny, 158. 7, Mason City, 186. 8, Marshalltown, 201. 9, Newton, 264. 10, Fort Dodge, 315.
Individual results— 1, Ashlyn Keeney, 17:58.4. 9, McKenzie Logan, 19:26.4. 12, Camille Mac, 19:31.0. 33, Elizabeth Jaeger, 21:18.2. 34, Isabelle Woody, 21:26.9. 43, Carly Sulwer, 22:02.6. 49, Malia Taylor, 22:16.8.