Last fall, Rachel Bycroft and her Iola High Fillies cross country teammates saved their best for last.
After three straight near-misses in qualifying for the 4A state meet, the IHS girls raced to a third-place finish at the regional meet in Chanute — enough to qualify for state as a full team.
The feat was all the more remarkable because Iola entered the season having lost its top three runners to graduation from the year before.
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