Lauralton’s Kelly Jones 36th at State Open cross country meet

Lauralton Hall’s Kelly Jones took 36th overall at the State Open cross country championships at Wickham Park in Manchester.

“This was almost 20 seconds better than she ran at Wickham a few weeks earlier,” Lauralton coach Ellis Gill said. “It was a very fast race with the top 181 runners. She ran a very impressive time of 20:03. Kelly went out hard to ensure she did not get stuck in the back of the pack. The second half of the race she fell back a little, but still maintained a very good pace.

“Finishing in the top 40 at this meet is a huge deal,” he added. “This is perhaps the best individual season any Lauralton cross country runner has ever had, at least since the state changed the girl’s races to a 5k in the early 2000s. Kelly competed hard all year, and her hard work and determination really paid off. The coaches look forward to her continuing her success for this upcoming indoor track season.”