PHOTOS BY CHRISTINA McCUNE | DGKN
Dalton school children of all ages made signs and lined up to cheer as Dalton’s girls cross country team headed out of town Nov. 4 for the state cross country championships. East Wayne Fire District and Dalton Police were part of the sendoff.
Landon Fivecoat holds up a sign to cheer on his dad, assistant cross country coach John Fivecoat, and his big sister, Ava Fivecoat.
PHOTOS by JACQUI L. HERSHBERGER | FOR THE DGKN
The show of support was huge for Dalton’s girls cross country team. The team competed at the state championship for the first time in the program’s history. The shadows of supporters are seen as the bus heads out of town. The girls were surprised as family members and friends decorated the buses.
Dalton’s Emberlynn Nolt at the finish line.
Sisters Samantha and Mackenna Thiel compete for the Dalton girls cross country team at the state meet.
By JACQUI L. HERSHBERGER | DGKN correspondent
OBETZ Dalton’s girls cross country team placed 16th as a team at the cross country state championships over the weekend.
All season long, the runners focused on making it to state. The race to be one of the top teams in their division statewide was an exhilarating one as this year’s team achieved more than any other team in the program’s history at Dalton.
The runners came in fourth as a team at regionals, which won them a spot at the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships Nov. 5 at Fortress Obetz. The 16th-place finish as a team out of 20 teams was not the top 10 finish they were hoping for. An unusually warm November day and a strong wind may have slowed them down on the course. But an outpouring of support from home and at the event helped them do their best under the circumstances at this momentous occasion.