While the Wheaton Lady Bulldogs held off Sparta by two points, 27-29, to earn a district championship, one point separated the Southwest boys from their first cross country district title since 2005. Sparta placed five runners in the top 12 to edge the host Trojans, 39-40, in the Class 1 District 5 Cross Country Championships held at the Washburn campus on Saturday.
Jacob Jennings, the Southwest senior, took the silver medal in 16:48, just two seconds behind individual champion Justin Golay, of Fordland. Cristian Sellars, of Southwest, was fifth, Kyle Miller was eighth, James Pettit was ninth and Evan Jermain was 19th to complete the Southwest scoring.
Purdy's Andrew McCormick and Wheaton's Jon Sherwood qualified for the state meet as individuals, placing 14th and 15th respectively. The top two teams and top 15 individuals from district competition advance to the state championship races.
The Wheaton girls were assured of a trip to state when the starting pistol fired. Only two complete teams and 18 girls total were entered in the race. Chase Burns, of Wheaton, was the individual champion. Shannon Burns placed eighth, Breann Brattin took 10th, Shannon Etzler was 13th and Shirley Galvan was 17th to complete the Wheaton scoring.
Purdy's Audrey Patton qualified for state, taking the third place medal.
The Cassville Ladycats were one place short of qualifying for state as a team at the Class 3 District 6 championships on Saturday at Bolivar. The host Lady Crusaders, led by the third place finish of junior Ashley Lawson, put four freshmen in the top 15 to win easily with a score of 34. McDonald County placed second with 89, and Cassville was third with 99 in a field of nine complete teams.
Jessica Barrientos, the Cassville senior, placed second in 21:06, trailing only Webb City's freshman Natalie Capron.
Hannah Martin, of Monett, placed fifth, Deborah Kern, of Cassville, was eighth, and Monett freshman Madeleine Weber finished 12th to qualify for state as members of the top 15 group.
McDonald County ran away with the boys race, scoring 22 points to take the title. Bolivar was second with 75, and Monett placed third with 91 points in the field of 8 complete teams.
Mac County's Jordan Noffsinger, Spencer Paul and Nate Huart finished one-two-three in the individual race as the Mustangs dominated. Monett's Chris and Juan Renteria placed eighth and 13th respectively to qualify for state as individuals.
Taylor Dodson was Cassville's top runner, finishing in 38th position.
The 2010 MSHSAA State Cross Country Championships will be contested next Saturday, Nov. 6 at Oak Hills Golf Course on Ellis Boulevard in Jefferson City. The qualifying teams and individuals will compete at the following times: Class 4 girls, 9 a.m.; Class 3 girls, 9:35 a.m.; Class 4 boys, 10:15 a.m.; Class 3 boys, 10:45 a.m.; Class 1 boys, 11:15 a.m.; Class 2 boys, 11:50 a.m.; Class 1 girls, 12:25 p.m.; and Class 2 girls, 1:05 p.m.