Saint Joseph-Ogden High School Girls Cross Country State Champions Visit the Illinois Capitol


State Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), pictured far right, joined State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) in welcoming the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans Girls Cross Country Team March 29 to the Illinois Capitol for the team’s IHSA Class 1A Girls Cross Country State Championship.

The championship meet was held at Detweiller Park in Peoria on November 5th. This is the team’s second state title in three years and their third consecutive top three finish. The team is coached by Mr. Jason Retz and Mrs. Terri Rein. Their bus driver is Coach Jim Acklin, who is an IHSA Hall of Fame coach and coached Urbana and St. Joseph-Ogden Cross Country Teams.

Congratulations to the team members: Hanna Atwood, Senior; Cassidy Bagby, Sophomore; Hailey Birt, Freshman; Haley Griebart, Sophomore; Faith Houston, Junior; Danie Kelso, Freshman; Kassie Kelso, Sophomore; Samantha Mabry, Junior; Sally Manalo, Sophomore; Ally Monk, Freshman; Angela Palmer, Sophomore; Jillian Plotner, Freshman; Murelle Plotner, Senior; Hannah Rajilch, Senior; and Keely Smith, Senior.

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