Juliane Lopez is heading to State

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Lebanon High School sophomore Juliane Lopez is off to the State cross country meet after achieving her goal she set for herself at the beginning of the season. Lopez is one of the hardest workers on the team, and made some of the biggest strides this off-season, according to head coach Josh Smith.

“That girl (Lopez) has put in so much work, and I am so proud of the way she goes about herself,” Smith told the LCR before the season started.

At a tough course on Saturday in Joplin, Lopez ran a time of 19:36 and placed 23rd with the top 30 advancings to the State meet this Saturday in Columbia at Gans Creek Cross Country course at 1 p.m.

Her time was nearly 90 seconds faster than her previous time of 20:50, and according to Smith, she is only the second girl from Lebanon to run under 20 minutes in the last ten years, and the time goes down as a top 10 time in LHS history.

Also competing in the Sectional race on the girls’ side was Myah Hough (37th), and the boys had two runners in Zach Jamieson, who ran a 17:13.60, and Cael Schmitz ran a 17:48.70.

Smith is hoping that members of the community come to support Lopez on Saturday and cheer her on.
The LCR caught up with Lopez to talk to her about the upcoming meet and recap Saturday's race in Joplin.

LCR — What was the course like on Saturday at Joplin, and what were some challenges that were presented?

Juliane — The course was in good shape, but it was a curvy course. In my opinion, the course had too many turns, and it wasn't my favorite. My challenges were the pace for the race and all the turnbacks.

LCR — How did you feel like you ran overall on Saturday, and what does it mean to you to have a top 10 performances in Lebanon XC history?

Juliane — I feel like I ran really well overall and I was excited about my time, I didn’t believe my teammates at first when they were telling me that I got a 19:36. My goal coming into the race was a 20:20 because my PR was 20:50. Having the top 10 performance in Lebanon XC history is something I never thought I would be able to say, I'm really happy and excited about having the opportunity to say that. I would like to run in college, and this is a good first step for my future as I progress and improve throughout my high school XC career.

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