The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs raced to a district championship at Washburn on Saturday, winning the Class 1 District 5 Cross Country Championships with a score of 24 points. The Sparta Lady Trojans took second with 31 points.
Hailey Stevens, a freshman from Chadwick, was the individual champion, posting a 20:49 on the campus of Southwest High School.
Brittany Harmon led the Wheaton attack, finishing fourth. Samantha Etzler, Chase Burns and Breanna Brattin took fifth, eighth and 10th respectively, and Krista Dunnegan finished 19th as Darrell Crane's girls hoisted the winning hardware.
Both Southwest entries finished in the top 15 and earned spots in the state meet. Brittany Miles placed 12th and Chelsea Leroy finished 14th for the Lady Trojans.
As expected, the Sparta Trojans repeated as district champions, scoring 28 points. Southwest's boys had a banner day, placing five runners in the top 30 while holding off Wheaton for second place, 52-73.
The Trojans were led by Cristian Sellars in third place. James Pettit and Kyle Miller placed 10th and 11th respectively, Zach Miles was 14th, and Jake Shrum ran a monster PR to finish 29th.
Jon Sherwood led Wheaton, finishing seventh. He was followed by Tyler Pendergraft in 12th, Matt Hickman in 18th, Justin Yeary in 27th, Jeffrey Musick in 33rd, David Haston in 41st and Chase Cantwell in 42nd.
Purdy runners were headed by A.J. McCormick in 17th. Lucas Ridenhour placed 23rd, Drew Williams was 30th, and Devon Keeler finished 35th.
Monett's Renteria wins Class 3 District race
Both the Monett and McDonald County boys cross country teams fell short of qualifying for state on Saturday. Logan-Rogersville and Bolivar took the top two team positions at the Class 3 District 6 meet at Bolivar, scoring 53 and 65 points, respectively. Mac County was third with 96 and Monett finished fourth with 98. Cassville scored 240 for 10th place.
Chris Renteria, of Monett, won the Class 3 District 6 boys crown, holding on to beat Republic's Ryan Way, 17:10 to 17:11. Monett's Michael Morley was the only other Barry County boy to qualify for the state meet, finishing 14th in 17:56.
The Bolivar Lady Liberators placed seven runners in the top nine and easily won the Class 3 District 6 Cross Country Championships. Bolivar scored 23 points, with McDonald County taking second with 92. Monett finished seventh with 162.
Webb City's Natalie Capron won the individual title, crossing the finish line in 20:34.
Monett's Madeleine Weber nailed down a state qualifier position, finishing 10th in 22:22. Deborah Kern, of Cassville, also earned a trip to state, placing 12th in 22:26.
The MSHSAA State Cross Country Championships will be held at Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City on Saturday, Nov. 5. The race schedule is: Class 1 boys, 9 a.m.; Class 2 boys, 9:35 a.m.; Class 1 girls, 10:10 a.m.; Class 2 girls, 10:50 a.m.; Class 3 girls, 11:30 a.m.; Class 4 boys, 12:05 p.m.; Class 3 boys, 12:35 p.m.; and Class 4 girls, 1:05 p.m.