Cross country, rifle team, swim team, soccer and MMA Raiders reports

CROSS COUNTRY: Due to ACT test conflicts, Missouri Military Academy fielded just three runners for the Fatima Invitational cross country meet Saturday afternoon in Westphalia.
“This was our first time racing at Fatima,” said MMA coach Maj. Lawrence McClarey. “The course is very challenging. It consists of a fast, flat one-mile stretch, followed by a very challenging one-mile hill.
“As Mexico is located on an alluvial plain, we don’t have any hills like that in the vicinity of MMA. It was quite an experience for our runners. Still, they met the challenge and did reasonably well.”
Juniors Andres Portilla and Calvin Heintz and sophomore Nischal Khanal represented MMA in the 88-runner field. Seventeen schools attended the meet.
MMA’s next race will be the Class 2/District 3 competition Saturday at Orchard Farm High School in St. Charles.
RIFLE TEAM: The Mountain Grove MCJROTC Panther Battalion’s second annual Panther Throwdown S2S air rifle match on Oct. 16 was quite a success for MMA, said Colonels coach 1st Sgt. Randal Jacobson.
In the open division (one or more years of experience), there were 25 competitors. Senior cadet Jeong Yong Choi finished second overall, followed by junior Jefferson Green in eighth, junior Hsin Wei Chiu in 10th and senior Matthew Reindel in 19th.
In the basic division (less than one year of experience), there were 34 competitors. MMA cadet sophomore Blake Bibles finished in 11th place, followed by junior Nicholas Chester in 14th, freshman Austin Teague in 15th and junior Deion Wykowski in 17th.
MMA’s open division team finished in third place and the basic division team finished in fourth place.
Cadet Choi received a second- place overall medal and won the third-high standing shooter medal.
SWIM TEAM: The MMA swim Colonels traveled to Hannibal for action against the Pirates on Thursday, returning with their second victory of the season 76-62.
MMA coach Maj. Richards Boyce said the meet was tipped in favor of MMA by depth and experience.
Junior Jared Roberts was the dominant swimmer for MMA, taking firsts in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.0 and the 100-yard breast stroke in 1:14.34. He also anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team.
Sophomore Ben Mertens won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.29, improving his season’s best time by three seconds.
Additional season-best times for the 2-4 Colonels were set in the 200-yard medley relay by freshman Brandon Doggett, senior Hunter Dock, Jose Calzada and Roberts in 2:10.13. Freshman Thomas Jones improved by nine seconds in the 200-yard freestyle.
Doggett improved by two seconds in the 200-yard individual medley, senior Zhoumengyang (James) Sun by three seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, Zacary Cotton by 22 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle and by the 200-yard freestlye relay team of Calzada, Dock, Ziqing Zeng and Sun, who improved their time by three seconds.
“This meet was a great experience for our team,” said Maj. Boyce. “When faced with good competition, the cadets stepped up to the plate and showed me what they are capable of. They are getting better every time we enter the pool, and I couldn’t be happier.”
MMA travels to Smith-Cotton in Sedalia today and completes its season Thursday evening at Parkway Central.
SOCCER: Missouri Military Academy defeated district rival Montgomery County 8-1 in soccer action Monday evening at MMA.
Goal scorers for the 14-2 Colonels included senior Jose de Esesarte, sophomore Santiago Bou, freshman Ricardo Benavides, sophomore Jesus Gonzalez,  junior Alan Gontes, sophomore Jorge Ventura, senior Steve Ortega and junior Luis Bueno. Two assists each were recorded by De Esesarte, Benavides, Ortega and Gonzalez.
“We played well as a team and accomplished our goal to win the battle of possession. Our players passed the ball well, even though Montgomery County shortened the field by setting offside traps,” said MMA coach Capt. Ali Syed.
“It was good to see our defense pass the ball with confidence to our wingers and the center mid-fielders. We can definitely improve on through passes when teams set up offside traps, and we will practice that.”
The Colonels have a tough match at archrival Wentworth Military Academy on Wednesday in Lexington.
The Colonels bounced back with a 4-1 soccer victory last Thursday at Smithton.
Sophomore Santiago Bou recorded a hat trick and senior Jose Gutierrez scored the fourth goal for MMA, which improved to 13-2 on the season. Assists came from seniors Edgar Rodriguez and Gutierrez.
“We played very well on offense, and our defense did a good job of marking their forwards,” said Syed. “We were particularly good on the combination plays, and our wingers made their runs to perfection.
“We scored two goals early in the first half to take a commanding lead, and then Smithton scored on a penalty kick to reduce the lead by one goal.”
In the second half, the Colonels started strong on a flick by Bou. Gutierrez scored the fourth goal on a free kick.
“I was pleased with the way we came back after a tough loss to Southern Boone,” said Capt. Syed.
The Colonels close the regular season this Friday at home against Canton.
Missouri Military Academy Middle School dropped its last home game of the basketball season Monday, falling to Community R-6 41-15.
Coach Lt. Col. Willis Kleinsorge said cold shooting and weak rebounding hurt the Junior Colonels. Detallion Owens led MMA with five points. D’Cherion Owens, Walter Pate and Rylan Christensen also scored for MMA.
In a one-quarter junior varsity  opener, CR6 won 8-2 with Austin Bouche scoring for MMA.
The Junior Colonels play a rematch in their last game of the season Nov. 4 at Community R-6.
MMA RAIDERS: Missouri Military Academy’s Raiders team will host the first military adventure and physical training meet in the academy’s 122-year history Saturday on the 288-acre MMA campus.
The day-long event will feature 10 teams from across the Midwest participating in a series of physical training and team-building exercises throughout the day. Competition begins at 5:30 a.m. and will run through approximately 3:30 p.m., according to MMA Raiders coach and meet director Sgt. 1st Class Robert Webb.
Events in adventure training meets traditionally include a military physical training test, including pushups, situps and a two-mile run; a 10-kilometer road march; single rope bridge crossing; obstacle course; a running and shooting biathlon combination event; a challenge course, including map reading, knot-tying and first aid, and leader reaction team-building activities, such as team ski walking.
MMA’s meet will substitute a cross country rescue course for the 10K march and will include a poncho raft event in the MMA Natatorium, said Sgt. Webb.
Teams participating include JROTC units from Topeka, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Ottumwa, Iowa; St. John’s Northwest Military Academy of Delafield, Wis.; Des Moines, Iowa; Wentworth Military Academy of Lexington, Mo.; Waynesville, Fredericktown and Clinton, Mo., and MMA.
“We’re looking forward to hosting this competition,” said Sgt. 1st Class Webb. “It will be a big day and a great experience for MMA and the community.”
Teams consist of eight members and one alternate. Scoring will be one point for first place, two for second, etc. The team with the fewest points after all events are completed is the winner.
Members of the MMA varsity team include cadets Austin Kohl, Chris Helverson, Wesley Ying, Ian Ives, Ramon Rodriguez, Patricio Spamer, Ethan Rachell and Edgar Campuzano.
MMA’s Raiders have competed in three meets to date this fall, finishing seventh of 13 teams at Clinton, seventh of 12 in Des Moines and ninth of 16 at national champion Smith-Cotton in Sedalia.