(FESTUS) The Jefferson R-7 girls cross country team is the champion of Class 2 District 2, the 3rd straight district championship for the program.

The Blue Jays actually tied for 1st with St. Pius at 63 points each, before a tiebreaker involving the 6th runner of each squad helped separate the two. Because Peyton Cattoor finished five places ahead of St. Pius’ Reagan Edwards, the Blue Jays got the title.

Head Coach Mollie Rhodes starts there and talks about the impact Hannah Wigger, who finished 22nd, had on Peyton coming in 24th.

Coach Rhodes transitions to talking about Katie Deevers, who placed 4th, and how important her finish was to the team winning districts.

Jefferson’s top runner in the district meet was Cheney Ervin who finished 5th with a time of 21-minutes and 15-seconds, a personal best.

On the boy’s side, Jeremiah Chipps and Camren Johnson both qualified for state with finishes of 10th and 12th, respectively. Jeremiah ran the 5K in a time of 18-minutes and 46-seconds while Camren ran it in 18-minutes and 55-seconds, both personal bests.

Like every class in Missouri, the state meet will take place at Gans-Creek in Columbia on Saturday. The Blue Jays competed in the inaugural race earlier this season.

The times for the races for all four classes have yet to be determined. Jefferson will be competing in Class 2.

Full Molly Rhodes Interview