SOCCER: The Bulldog soccer team took fourth place in the Moberly tournament over the weekend.
In the semi-final game Friday night Mexico lost to Fort Osage High School 2-1 in two overtimes. Colin Cosby scored Mexico's goal with Christian McKeown getting the assist.
"As a team we played one of our better games so far this year, we just couldn't finish our shots on goal," said MHS Coach Chris Hotop.
Mexico returned to action Saturday against Fatima in the third-place game, losing 3-1. Mexico led 1-0 at the half after Jacob Lauer headed in a corner kick from Colin Cosby.
"We played a good first half but I just didn't have the guys ready to play the second half. Fatima scored 3 times in the second half and deserved the win," stated the Mexico coach.
Mexico, 4-4, plays again tonight at home against Missouri Military Academy. Junior varsity begins at 5 with the varsity to follow.
CROSS COUNTRY: Cool weather paved the way Saturday morning as hundreds of competitors hit the white line in Fulton. Having just raced Tuesday in Quincy some of the Bulldogs were a little fatigued, but came to race. Eighteen full teams competed in the boys varsity race. Mexico earned a third-place team finish, behind only 2011 Class 1 State Champs Linn High School and Class 2 third-place state team Fatima High.
Always notable were medal winners Alex Shaw and Malik Holman, but also noteworthy was freshman Jordan Jones moving up significantly in this race to finish with junior Sam Fayad and getting a personal record of 18:45.
The boys and girls had a position on the start line that put them on the far outside corner of the first turn in the race. That is a bit of a disadvantage in a race of this size – so many people can take the inside before an outside team gets to the turn. However, all the runners on DXC surged into the fray and worked their way up early in the race to overcome the early disadvantage.
The varsity girls team was not complete due to some lineup changes from minor injuries in the previous weeks, although Maddie Prince ran with the usual calm tenacity and placed 26th overall (just missing the medal by one place, or a few seconds).
On the JV side Dyneshia Shivers and Spencer Freeman earned medals, both taking early positions close to the race leaders and holding pace for the 5k.
"Overall it was a great day for our runners to develop toward the team goals we set for conference and district later this season," said MHS Coach John Wilbers.
The next race will be in Moberly on Sept. 27.
VARSITY BOYS INDIVIDUAL
5 Holman, Malik FR 16:54 M
18 Shaw, Alex JR 17:51 27
27 Vitale, Jacob SR 18:10
45 Jones, Jordan FR 18:45
47 Fayad, Sam JR 18:47
61 Twenter, Raven SO 19:14
64 Hobbs, Haden JR 19:21
125 runners total (winning time Rush, Tyler SR Linn 16:06)
VARSITY BOYS TEAM SCORES
4 Blair Oaks
5 Helias Catholic
8 Troy Buchanan
9 Bowling Green
12 Southern Boone County
14 North Callaway
18 Missouri Military Academy
MEXICO VARSITY GIRLS INDIVUAL
26 Prince, Madeleine SO 22:01
78 Bohr, Danielle SR 25:01
114 runners total (champion time McCarty, Jenny SR Fulton 19:35)
Helias Catholic Wins
Mexico only ran 2 varsity girls, so they did not generate a team score
JUNIOR VARSITY BOYS
8 Freeman, Spencer SO 20:04 M
18 Taylor, Darrin FR 20:39
20 Slay, Andrew SR 20:42
21 Anselmi, Logan FR 20:43
30 Wilson, Dalton SR 21:11
31 McGrath, Dakota FR 21:16
32 George, Zach SO 21:18
42 Hutchinson, Bradley JR 21:49
63 Samuelson, Payton FR 24:07
84 total runners (Champion time Block, Evan JR Helias Catholic 18:54.63)