Trojans are district champs, again
While 11 teams participated in the Class 1 District 6 Cross Country Championships at Washburn on Saturday, it looked more like a dual meet in the fine print, box score description.
The Southwest Trojans and College Heights Cougars both claimed two team awards and between them locked up all the automatic team bids for the MSHSAA state cross country meet in Jefferson City next weekend.
The College Heights girls narrowly missed a perfect score, tallying 16 in a field of three complete teams and a total of 32 runners. Emily Beaver led the parade with her 20:01 winning performance over the 5K course.
Teammates Chandra Cole, Kelsey Cole and Summer Campbell held places second, third and fourth, with Amanda Lewis taking seventh.
Only Southwest's Katrina Harmon prevented the perfect score with her sixth place performance. Tammy Tiles, of Purdy, was fifth but did not figure in the team scoring.
The host team, Southwest's Lady Trojans, placed second with 57 points followed by Diamond with 65.
"All of our girls improved by 20 seconds or more since we ran here at the Southwest Invitational," said Daniel Lewis, the coach of College Heights.
A year ago, Southwest's 13-year consecutive win streak at districts ended quietly at Ash Grove when the Trojans failed to field a full team and could only watch as Diamond took top honors.
The 2005 Trojans gained momentum throughout the season and capped their fall campaign with a victory on Saturday, the sixth district championship in the seven-year tenure of coach Lee Stubblefield.
Glen Buttrum became the first back-to-back District 6 champion since Southwest's Seth Cobb turned the feat in 1996 and 1997. Buttrum's performance led the Trojans to an eight-point margin over College Heights, 41-48. Clever placed a close third with 52, followed by Spokane (92), Diamond (104) and Purdy (143).
Southwest's gold medalist was ably supported by Kyle Buttrum in fourth, Logan Pendergraft in fifth, Luke Hackett in 15th, Codie Harmon in 23rd and Josh Johnson in 43rd.
Wheaton's Chris Musick was the Bulldogs' lone state qualifier. The talented athlete placed 12th at districts and earned the right to compete at the state meet.