Runners compete at Monett

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cassville leader Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Deborah Kern tames the hills during the Monett Cross Country meet last week. Kern was the Lady Wildcats' top finisher. She placed 12th in the very competitive large schools' race.

The Monett Cubs raced to a second-place team finish at the annual Monett Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 13, losing to Nixa, 48-62. Rogers (Ark.) squeezed past McDonald County on a tiebreaker for third place, and Carl Junction, Bentonville (Ark.) and Seneca completed the Class 3-4 field.

Only four complete teams scored in the Class 3-4 girls, with the Nixa Lady Eagles winning with 27 points. Rogers scored 34 for second, followed by Bentonville with 88 and the host Lady Cubs with 98.

In the small school division, Hollister claimed first in Class 1-2 boys. Southwest finished eighth with a score of 203, Purdy placed 10th with 279, and Wheaton was 11th with 298. Springfield Catholic won the girls title with 24 points, followed by College Heights, Lamar and Hollister.

Monett's boys were paced by overall champion Chris Renteria, who tamed the legendary hills of Monett's South Park with a time of 17:35.54. The Cubs placed four runners in the top 15 as they made a strong showing with their second place finish.

Cassville's Taylor Dodson finished 20th.

Monett's Madeleine Weber ran a strong fifth in the girls' large schools race, posting a 23:38.40.

Cassville's Deborah Kern was 12th in 24:56.33, and Reba Dupont finished 38th.

Ryan Beaver, of College Heights, won the small school boys race, running a solid 18:27.86.

Cristian Sellars led the Southwest Trojans, placing seventh in 19:24.68. James Pettit finished 27th for the Trojans, followed by Kyle Miller in 45th, Zach Miles in 74th and Quenton Porter in 75th.

Purdy was represented by A.J. McCormick (33rd), Lucas Ridenour (49th), Devan Keeler (57th), Drew Williams (63rd) and Dustin Moore (77th).

Wheaton was led by Tyler Pendergraft's 37th place finish. Jon Sherwood was 54th, Tyler Musick finished 66th, and Justin Yeary and Matt Hickman took 70th and 71st respectively.

Wheaton's Brittany Harmon led area runners in the small schools girls race, finishing 24th in 27:56.50. Chase Burns, of Wheaton, finished 35th and Krista Dunnegan was 45th.

In the two-mile JV boys race, five Cassville runners earned medals. Conner Redmon placed ninth in 11:29, Jordan Shore finished 13th in 11:40, Walker Perez was 14th in 11:41, Ben Makela took 16th in 11:42, and Nathan Vitt was 19th in 11:43.

"The conditions were very tough," said Cassville's Chris Shore. "Our kids faced a hilly course with a temp of 99 degrees. They really ran much better this week."

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