Malik Holman was team's top performer

Hours of rain and the wear and tear caused by the spikes of hundreds of high school runners left Ha Ha Tonka State Park a muddy mess for participants and spectators at the Camdenton Cross-country Invitational Saturday.
Still, Mexico cross-country rose to the occasion, powering through the nasty conditions to take second in the boys race by the narrowest of margins and fourth in the girls race.
Sophomore Malik Holman was the team's top performer, taking first in 16:33 while senior Jami Brandow led the girls with a fourth-place finish in 20:45.
"Somehow the greater the adversity of weather, the more DXC likes it," head coach John Wilbers said. "The boys very nearly won the meet, taking second to Helias by only one point in the class 1-2-3 division. In a cross country meet, one point is pretty easy to find. But as much of a gripping finish as it was, I was not disappointed because the team really ran well overall and Helias is a good team."
In what senior Sam Fayad called, "the most fun race all year," the Bulldogs had reason to enjoy themselves. Six individuals earned medals on the two-loop figure-eight course. Senior Alex Shaw finished fourth in 17:35, senior Sam Fayad 15th in 18:26 and sophomore Spencer Freeman finished 17th in 18:36 for the boys. In the girls race, sophomore Leslie Fischer added to Brandow's medal with a 16th-place finish in 23:05.
"The girls were minus several top participants on our team and still had a strong showing," Wilbers said. "I was really impressed with the way our girls handled the adverse conditions and the competition. We looked tough, fast, and I could tell their racing strategies and fierceness had improved since the last race."
In the junior varsity race, sophomore Alex Hamilton ran 19:53 to earn a 15th place medal.
The Bulldogs have the opportunity to avenge the loss to the Crusaders Saturday, when they travel to Jefferson City for the Helias Invitational.
Team Scores
Boys Purple Division
1. Helias 54
2. Mexico 55
3. Blair Oaks 86
4. Osage 108
5. Fulton 134
6. Marshfield 145
7. Hermitage 146
8. Raytown South 202
9. Warsaw 212
10. Licking 224
Girls Purple Division
1. Helias 22
2. Blair Oaks 74
3. Raytown South 81
4. Mexico 86
5. Marshfield 93
6. Hermitage 168
Individual Results
Varsity Boys
1. Malik Holman 16:33
4. Alex Shaw 17:35
15. Sam Fayad 18:26
17. Spencer Freeman 18:36
23. Raven Twenter 18:55
25. Jordan Jones 19:14
Varsity Girls
4. Jami Brandow 20:45
16. Leslie Fischer 23:05
23. Madeleinw Prince 23:41
28. Rachel Hightshoe 24:53
35. Rachael Owings 25:05
Junior Varsity Boys
15. Alex Hamilton 19:53
53. Logan Anselmi 21:25
69. Caleb Phipps 21:58
101. Brad Hutchinson 23:27
110. Clint Smith 24:30
Junior Varsity Girls
39. Kirby Weber no time available