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Area runners shine at Strafford Cross Country

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Muddy mess. Chris Smith plows through a mud puddle during Saturday's cross country meet at Strafford. Smith helped Monett take seventh in the event. [Photo courtesy of Steve Morley]
The cross country season kicked off on Saturday with a number of meets around the state. Some races were cancelled due to the weather and course conditions.

The Strafford Invitational went on as planned Saturday morning, with Monett, Purdy, and Wheaton among the competing schools.

Mountain View-Liberty won the boys team race, scoring 77 points. Monett was seventh with 182, and Wheaton finished 14th with 329. Thomas Chabrecek, of Crane, was the individual champion, running the 5K course in 16:17.

Off to the races. Monett's Madeleine Weber, at front, and Grace Cloud got off to a good start in Saturday's cross country race at Strafford. [Photo courtesy of Steve Morley]
Michael Morley led Monett, finishing 12th in 17:18. Other finishers for the Cubs included: Jonah Ragsdale, 38th in 18:38; Jon Schleim, 54th in 19:21; Aaron Morley, 64th in 19:36; Erwin Perez, 74th in 20:09; Dalton Paynter, 77th in 20:13; and Josh Brown, 87th in 20:58.

Wheaton was led by Jonathan Sherwood's 18:02 performance in 26th place. Other Bulldog finishers included: David Haston, 88th in 21:03; Tyler McGarrah, 94th in 21:23; Justin Yeary, 99th in 21:58; Joey Robbins, 104th in 22:18; Christian Dunegan, 106th in 22:51; and Justin Beck, 111th in 26:10.

Purdy did not field a complete team, but was represented by Devan Keeler, 110th in 24:55.

Springfield Catholic won the girls division, scoring 45 points. Monett placed seventh with 202 and Wheaton was 12th with 307. Strafford's Katelyn Hatz won the gold medal with a 19:36 effort.

Freshman Grace Cloud led Monett, taking 27th in 22:11. Other finishers for the Lady Cubs were: Madeleine Weber, 33rd in 22:31; Birdianna Salas, 61st in 24:54; Carmen Renteria, 70th in 25:42; and Madeline Petersen, 73rd in 25:48.

Chase Burns led Wheaton with her 54th place finish in 24:03. Other finishers for the Lady Bulldogs were: Brittany Harmon, 64th in 25:09; Haley Beck, 92nd in 28:01; Anastasia Lowry, 97th in 29:41; and Krista Dunegan, 105th in 34:27.

Monett had three entries in the JV Boys race: Conor Launis placed nineth in 20:11, Chris Smith placed 22nd in 21:22, and Austin Ross finished 25th.

The cross country Cubs will be in action on Thursday at Seneca.

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