The Daviess County High School student body and staff saluted their 2015 Class 3A Girls Cross Country State Champions this afternoon with a pep rally in the DCHS gym. The Lady Panthers took center court as Principal Matt Mason called each girl by name.
“These girls exemplified grit and determination,” Mason said. “They take a lot of pride in what they do, they showed the mental toughness it takes to put in the miles every day, and they had the courage to push their bodies to the limit on Saturday.”
As a result, the DCHS Lady Panthers finished with the second fastest time in state history on their way to capturing the state title at the Lexington Horse Park Saturday.
“It took a lot of dedication and determination to pull this off,” said Coach Mark Fortner. To give the crowd an idea of what each of the Lady Panthers went through during their four month training period, Fortner said the majority of the girls on the team accumulated running over 750 miles each.
“We couldn’t have done it without your support,” team captain Shelby Settle told the crowd. “We have worked our tails off and it paid off. I’m so proud of all these girls.”
First year runner Madison Dooley gave credit to her great coaches and thanked the crowd for the amount of support the team has received all season long. “Each one of us works so hard. This is not an individual sport. You have to depend on your team mates and that’s how we got to where we are today as state champs,” she said.