(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The St. Vincent Indians represented well at the Class 2 Cross-Country State Championships in Jefferson City Saturday. After winning the district championship on Oct. 27, the boys team finished fourth overall at state, just two points shy of third place. Brothers Joseph and Jack Baer finished 14th and 16th respectively to lead the individual runners. St. Vincent head coach Emily Steele said the brothers exhibited the chemistry that the whole team showed all season.

St. Vincent did not have enough runners to qualify for the girls state meet, but sophomore Genevieve Lipe qualified individually and finished 24th overall. Steele said Lipe’s individual efforts this season paid off in the end.

Steele took over the cross country program this year for Terry Wood, who had led the program to the state meet for each of the last five years. Steele said she was nervous at first, but she quickly relaxed when she saw the team have the same success.

This is now the fourth time in five seasons that the St. Vincent boys program has finished in the top 4 at the state meet.