Saturday could have possibly been a historic day for Barry County. The area sent 24 runners to the state cross country meet, and although no official records are kept, there is a possibility it's the most the county has ever sent.
|With 5,000 people watching, some of Barry County's finest excelled against runners from across the state.|
|The Southwest boys qualified as a team and took 12th place in Class 2.|
|Caleb Mitchell led the squad, finishing just out of the top 25 at 29th with a time of 17:46. Southwest's next top runner was Dustin Breedlove, who took 69th with a time of 18:32.|
Logan Pendergraft, Jacob Jennings, Kyle Buttrum, Luke Hackett and Codie Harmon also competed, placing 106th (19:08), 108th (19:12) and 131st (19:30), 150th and 163rd respectively.
|On the ladies' side, Charlotte Buttrum competed for Southwest and took 101st with a time of 23:20.|
|The Wildcat girls team looked to improve upon their success from last year and managed a 15th place finish at the Class 3 state competition.|
Tia Baker was Cassville's top runner, taking 109th with a time of 22:32.
Ron'L Hoff and Courtney Beagle were Cassville's next two in line, finishing 137th (23:38) and 141st (23:50) respectively.
|Misty Long and Gabby LeCompte were the Ladycats' last two team scorers, taking 157th (25:03) and 163rd (26:15) respectively. Hannah Elkins (164th) and Cheyann Essley (165th) also competed.|
"We didn't run as well as we would have liked, but we had a great season," said Coach Chris Shore.
|The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs also qualified as a team and finished 15th in Class 1.|
Shannon Burns picked up her pace throughout the race. Burns was 93rd after the first mile but stepped it up a notch, finishing 73rd with the Lady Bulldogs' leading time of 22:58.
|Raschelle Hickman and Brittney Peters came in next finishing in 117th (25:56) and 125th (26:18) respectively.|
Kaitlin England and Leah Jones rounded out the effort, taking 140th and 144th respectively with times of 28:15 and 28:49.
|Shirley Galvan also ran for the squad and finished in 148th place.|
|For the boys, freshman Jakob Beck finished 95th for the Bulldogs. Beck came in with a time of 19:47.|
|Purdy qualified two runners to the state meet.|
|Audrey Patton had a great showing on the women's side. Patton took 44th overall with a time of 22:58.|
|Blake Williams ran for the Eagle boys and might have started a little strong, coming across at 46th after the course's first mile. By the race's end, Williams had dropped to a still admirable 90th. Williams, only a sophomore, finished with a time of 19:43.|