SW boys battle to sixth at state
Glen Buttrum made some history on Saturday, leading Southwest to a sixth place finish in the Class 1 division of the state cross country champion-ships.
The Trojan senior became the first Southwest boy runner to record three top 10 finishes at the state meet during his high school career. On Saturday, he finished in seventh place and ran the second fastest time in school history at the championships, logging 17:42 for the hilly 5K course.
Kyle Buttrum, a freshman, joined his big brother on the awards stand after turning in his own All-State performance, placing 24th. Logan Pendergraft claimed the 34th position, with Luke Hackett in 132nd and Codie Harmon in 133rd. Josh Johnson was 168th to complete the Southwest entry.
Chris Musick, of Wheaton, finished 63rd.
"Our kids ran very well," said Coach Lee Stubblefield. "We beat everyone we should have but couldn't take down any of the favorites in the team race. This was a great showing for a very young team."
The Class 1 girls race was the most exciting of the day on the Oak Hills golf course at Jefferson City. First-year program College Heights Christian went toe-to-toe with perennial powers Penney and Linn, and lost by the narrowest of margins. The Cougars tied Penney with 51 points but lost the title under a tie-breaker rule.
Purdy's Tammy Tiles placed 45th with Southwest runners Katrina Harmon taking 50th and Charlotte Buttrum placing 57th. Alex Dusseau was 96th for the Lady Trojans.