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Liberty’s Keeney 2nd at state XC

Keeney, Logan and Mac represent the Lightning in Fort Dodge
It was one-two all the way at the Class 4A girls cross country championship in Fort Dodge. Liberty sophomore Ashlyn Keeney could not get by Camille Jackson of Ames, but ran a strong second, finishing in the 5K course Nov. 2 in 17:44.1.

FORT DODGE– Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney took the runner-up spot in the Class 4A Girls State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge. The speedy sophomore finished the course in 17:44.1, behind Champion Camille Jackson, of Ames, who won in 17:23.9. Keeney’s Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival, Micah Poellet, from Linn-Mar, was fourth in 18:18.9. Keeney was 72nd last year as a freshman in 20:22.8. She won this year’s MVC Super Meet with a 47-second lead over second-place Poellet, and aced her out a week later in the Valley Division Meet.
Keeney earned MVC Valley Division Athlete of the Year and was a First Team All-Division pick.
Liberty’s Logan McKenzie and Camille Mac also qualified for the state meet with Logan crossing the finish line in 15th place in 18:53.5 while Mac was 60th in 19:59.9.

Class 4A Girls
Team results — 1, Johnston, 56. 2, Dubuque Senior, 88. 3, Linn-Mar, 119. 4, Waukee, 138. 5, Southeast Polk, 144. 6, Valley, West Des Moines, 200. 7, Dubuque Hempstead, 202. 8, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 218. 9, Iowa City, City High, 223. 10, West Des Moines Dowling Catholic, 247. 11, Urbandale, 248. 12, Western Dubuque, Epworth, 252. 13, Sioux City East, 279. 14, Bettendorf, 304. 15, Indianola, 357.
Individual results — 2, Ashlyn Keeney, 18:07.6. 15, Logan McKenzie, 18:53.5. 60, Camille Mac, 19:59.9.