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Area Teams Run at Forest Park Cross Country Festival
September 23, 2013St Clair Athletics
Few local runners medaled at the eighth annual Forest Park Cross Country Festival Saturday, Sept. 14, but area teams showed improvement at one of the larger meets of the season.
“Forest Park is just an awesome atmosphere,” Washington Coach Mike Olszowka said. “SLUH and Big River go above and beyond in putting on more than just a race, they create a running atmosphere.”
Platte County won the boys varsity white division with 144 points, followed by Francis Howell North (227), Priory (230), Ft. Zumwalt South (291) and MICDS (297). Sullivan finished 15th (428), Washington 20th (514), Pacific 23rd (588), St. Clair 33rd (789) and Borgia 35th (849).
Parkview senior Cameron Byrley won the race in 16:19.
Herculaneum won the girls’ varsity white division with 141 points, followed by Clayton (178), Mexico (216), Platte County (234) and Ft. Zumwalt South (236). Pacific was sixth (249), Borgia 11th (360) and Washington 20th (461).
The overall winner was Lutheran St. Peter’s senior Courtney Rogers, who finished in 18:47.
Medals were given to the top 30 runners in each division. Washington’s Travis Elbert was ninth in 16:44 and Tate Kitchell was 27th (17:25).
“Travis ran his best time ever over a 5K,” Olszowka said. “Tate was right on his best time pace. They both got into the race with great position, and then ran with confidence and held their position.”
Sullivan’s Randy Swaller earned a medal, finishing 29th in 17:26.
Also running for Washington was Josh Luck who finished 172nd (19:31), Parker Neptune who was 174th (19:33), Jacob Huxol who was 192nd (19:43) and Clayton Duchatschek who was 201st (19:51).
St. Clair was led by Tyler Hinson who finished 55th in 17:58, followed by Isaiah Missey and Josh Bozada who finished 183rd in 19:38 and 184th in 19:40, respectively. Kyle Avery was 224th (20:19) and Bill Guyton was 244th (20:41) for the Bulldogs.
Pacific runners were Jeremy Hill who was 61st (18:02), McCoy Meshach who was 101st (18:37), John Whitelock who was 133rd (19:07), Zach Myers who was 167th (19:30), McKenzie White who was 195th (19:46), Ryan Lause who was 196th (19:47) and Andrew Jablonowski who was 227th (20:27).
“I was very proud of the boys gaining ground on the schools that we had just seen at Sullivan,” Pacific Head Coach Justin Perriguey said.
Borgia runners were Sam Conway in 128th (19:03), Collin Mantle 147th (19:12), Evan Ayers 182nd (19:38), Connor Gisburne 242nd (20:40) and Doug Eggers 265th (21:40).
Pacific’s Sarah Turner was the only local girls medalist. She finished 22nd in 20:59. Washington’s Josie Plowman narrowly missed receiving a medal, finishing 31st in 21:09.
“Sarah had a breakout race,” Perriguey said. “She gained positions from the first half mile onward. Her competitive spirit was obvious.”
Pacific also had Ashley Brinker and Hannah Graf who finished 38th in 21:29 and 39th in 21:31, respectively. Paige Meshach and Catherine Hayden were 95th in 22:30 and 96th in 22:33, respectively.
“I was very happy with the varsity girls,” Perriguey said. “They ended up with a team average under 21:50 and a 1-5 spread really close to a minute, thirty seconds again. I was glad to see that the girls matched up well against other teams that we will see later this year at the district meet.”
Other runners for Washington were Ashton Leslie who finished 68th (22:02), Cheyanne Leslie who was 112th (22:50), Alexandria Ready who was 147th (23:43), Kassy Briggs who was 187th (24:58) and Leah Krafft who was 201st (26:07).
Borgia’s top finishers were Corinne Morgan who finished 45th in 21:38 and Megan Heger who was 67th in 22:00. Samantha Kang was 77th in 22:10.
“Top 2 girls Corinne Morgan and Megan Heger, while not finishing in the medals, ran very well,” Borgia Head Coach Mitch Figas said. “Samantha Kang really ran strong and could be running with our top two in the very near future.”
Borgia’s Callie Hamai was 108th (22:45), Ali Beardslee was 127th (23:13), Maggie Donnelley was 136th (23:39), Madison Nelson was 155th (23:52) and Erica Huber was 160th (24:01).
St. Clair JV girls placed second with 40 points, just two behind Villa Duchesne, while the boys were sixth with 168 points.
JV medalists on the girls team were Megan Creasy in seventh (22:54), Alexis Love in eighth (22:58), Makayla Sanders in ninth (23:04), Briana Rinks in 17th (23:37), Jordan Corbett in 21st (23:46), Nicole Souders in 23rd (23:48), Emily Hardin in 26th (23:50) and Morgan Kaemmerer in 29th (24:05).
Boys medalists were Anthony Giancola in 11th (18:41), Riley Girardier in 12th (18:41) and Cyle Butenhoff in 22nd (19:01).