Cassville runners fifth at Big 8 cross country meet

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Lamar Tigers and Lady Tigers, running for the only Class 2 school in the Big 8 Conference, swept the Big 8 Conference cross country championships at Carl Junction on Thursday.

Coach Rodney Bald-ridge's boys fought to a 41-41 tie with Monett in their division, but the Tigers earned the title with the sixth-man tiebreaker. The Lamar girls won their first conference title ever, outscoring second-place East Newton 36-49.

Chris Renteria led the Monett Cubs with his best performance of the year, winning the individual race with a time of 16:23 over the 5,000-meter course. Michael Morley, Isaac Weber and Jonah Ragsdale finished eighth, ninth and 10th respectively, and Erwin Perez placed 17th as Monett made a valiant run at a conference championship. Renteria also won the 2010 individual crown at the Big 8 meet.

With the win, Lamar snapped a seven-year Big 8 Conference win streak by the East Newton Patriots, while Monett's Cubs repeated their second place finish from last year. The East Newton Patriots finished third, followed by Carl Junction and Cassville.

The Wildcats were led by Taylor Dodson's 13th-place finish. Conner Redmon was 16th, Nathan Vitt and Jordan Shore placed 24th and 25th respectively, and Walker Perez was 30th.

The Lamar girls won their first Big 8 Conference cross country championship, scoring 36 points. East Newton was second, followed by Monett and Carl Junction.

Meghan Hatfield, of Seneca, outleaned East Newton's Kelsey Hickman, 19:55.52 to 19:55.93, to take the girls individual title.

Madeleine Weber led Monett with her fourth place finish. Sophie Fulton was 13th, Brittany Schultz and Emma Schupbach finished 16th and 17th respectively, and Lupe Renteria and Claudia Carter placed 20th and 21st respectively for Monett's total of 56 points.

Cassville's Deborah Kern took the fifth place medal, and teammate Reba Dupont finished 19th.

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