CC sends seven to state

By Jake Stout
Staff Writer

Seven Kayhi runners qualified for state at the cross country Region V Championships at Ward Lake on a rainy Saturday Oct. 27. Kayhi senior Chris Llanos (17:19) said he is excited for his last year up at state. He is a cancer survivor that is the reason why he runs and it motivates him to do great things.
“The reason why I run is because I am a cancer survivor and that has been my motivation this whole time,” Llanos said, “just running and proving cancer survivors can actually make a difference in the world and that they have an ability to do great things.”
Junior Sylvan Blankenship (17:13) said he did a lot better then he thought he would in the Region V Championships and that he has improved since last year.
“I did a lot better then I thought I would, it was hard and really close but in the end I was able to push through and get a good placing at third,” Blankenship said. “It is something I can give my all at and I’ve improved quite a lot since my freshman and sophomore year.”
Only one runner finished the small schools girl’s race because a black bear caused the runners to stop. The non-finishers re-ran  after the 4A boys race.

State qualifiers:
Chris Llanos
Sylvan Blankenship
Leif Svenson
Trent Rodanhistler
Erika Rodanhistler
Sarah Cool
Desiree De Mello

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