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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Cross-country girls finish third, boys seventh

  • At Forest Park at Forest Park
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  • Mexico cross-country toed the line with some of the best harriers in the state this weekend with the girls finishing third and the boys seventh in the white division of the highly competitive Forest Park Cross Country Festival in St. Louis.
    In the boys race, sophomore Malik Holman covered the five kilometer course in 16:19.3 to take second place in a finishing kick so close race officials had to review video to determine the winner. Holman's performance was the second fastest for a cross-country runner in school history and just fifteen seconds short of the school record. Senior Jami Brandow led the girls team with a time of 20:20.1 to take eighth individually.
    "I was really impressed with the fact that our runners from JV through Varsity seemed to have a kick at the end to pass several more opponents but not because they held back during the race," head coach John Wilbers said. "Rather their kick showed their ability to dig deep even after an exhaustive effort and the effects of some of our speed training that includes fast running even after fatigue running and long distances."
    Senior Alex Shaw and sophomore Leslie Fischer also medaled for the Bulldogs. In the boys race, Shaw ran 17:09.8 to take finish 19th in race which featured 276 runners. Fischer ran 20:58.0, good for 21st in a girls race with 221 runners.
    Individual Results
    Girls Varsity
    Place Time Name Year
    8 20:20.1 Jami Brandow SR
    21 20:58.0 Leslie Fischer SO
    50 21:43.7 Amber Shaw FR
    65 21:58.1 Madeleine Prince JR
    107 22:45.3 Zori Holman SR
    142 23:36.3 Keagan Riddick SR
    170 24:12.9 Rachel Hightshoe SO
    183 24:50.9 Rachael Owings SO
    202 26:10.2 Lauren Ransom SR
    BOYS VARSITY
    Place Time Name Year
    2 16:19.3 Malik Holman SO
    19 17:09.8 Alex Shaw SR Mexico
    81 18:22.1 Spencer Freeman JR
    97 18:34.6 Sam Fayad SR
    142 19:11.0 Raven Twenter JR
    190 19:42.9 Micah Gwinn SO
    198 19:48.8 Alex Hamilton SO
    208 20:05.2 Jordan Jones SO
    210 20:06.1 Darrin Taylor SO
    JV BOYS
    Place Time Name Year
    153 21:41.5 Logan Anselmi SO
    163 21:47.9 Caleb Phipps SR
    181 22:01.8 Austin Loyd FR
    220 22:35.3 Brad Hutchinson SR
    243 22:58.4 Austin Barnett FR
    Although Mexico had four medalists at the meet, the team had strong performances throughout the roster.
    "The efforts of the team were evident in many ways among each runner," Wilbers said. "For example, many on the team beat their time from last week by nearly a minute- notably both the boys and the girls number three runners Spencer Freeman and Maddie Prince."
    Since the race's inception seven years ago, the Forest Park Festival has become one of the premier cross-country meets in the state, attracting many of Missouri's best high school teams as well as programs from neighboring states Illinois and Kentucky. Past success at Forest Park has been an indicator that Mexico can compete on the state level.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Last year our boys team placed 8th in this race but later in the season we were district and conference champions," Wilbers said. "If this pattern holds true, think about the implications that our girls this year were the 3rd place team here. If we can stay healthy this should be a great year for them at conference and districts."
    Mexico cross-country next competes Saturday in Fulton.

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