Area runners compete at state XC meet
On a near perfect running day at Jefferson City's Oak Hills course on Nov. 8, there were some startling performances at the MSHSAA State Cross-Country Championships.
Leading the headliners were Taylor Werner, of Ste. Genevieve High School, who won the Class 3 girls race with her 17:31.30 performance.
Werner's time eclipsed the nine-year old overall state meet record of 17:51.4, set by Eureka's Meredith Snow in 2005.
Best of the boys in the four classes was Noah Kauppila, of Marquette High School, who spun a 15:22.34 on the 5,000-meter course. He also broke the boys overall meet mark, the 15:26.7 set by two-time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp of Lee's Summit in 1999.
Fatima High School from Westphalia turned a rare double in Class 2, winning both the boys and girls team championships. Lamar's Kaden Overstreet was the Class 2 boys individual champion, running 16:35.22, while East Newton's Emily Sorrell claimed fourth in the Class 2 girls race in 20:21.13.
Wheaton's Chase Burns finished 58th in the Class 1 girls division with a time of 23:25.41.
Dalton Paynter, of Monett, was 140th in the Class 3 boys race with his 19:10.54.
Results for each are as follows:
Class 1 Boys
Individual champion: Seth Brown, La Plata, 16:51.09.
Third: West Platte.
Fourth: Lone Jack.
Class 1 Girls
Individual champion: Miranda Hill, Russellville, 20:15.95.
Second: Lutheran KC.
Fourth: Crystal City.
Class 2 Boys
Individual champion: Kaden Overstreet, Lamar, 16:35.22.
Third: Arcadia Valley.
Fourth: Springfield Catholic.
Class 2 Girls
Individual champion: Courtney Rogers, Lutheran St. Peters, 19:24.98.
Second: Springfield Catholic.
Class 3 Boys
Individual champion: Tyler Gilliam, Festus, 15:57.48.
Fourth: Liberty North.
Class 3 Girls
Individual champion: Taylor Warner, Ste. Genevieve, 17:31.30.
First: Ste. Genevieve.
Third: Notre Dame de Sion.
Class 4 Boys
Individual champion: Noah Kauppila, Marquette, 15:22.34.
Second: Rock Bridge.
Third: Lafayette (Wildwood).
Class 4 Girls
Individual champion: Hannah Long, Eureka, 17:46.82.
First: Francis Howell.
Second: Nerinx Hall.
Third: Lafayette County.