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Kauppila's Strategy Nets Fast Victory Sep 8, 2012

After watching the girls set the course on fire, the boys opted to run a more restrained race Saturday in the Green Division of the Forest Park Cross Country Festival. That set up perfectly for what Marquette junior Noah Kauppila had planned as a pre-race strategy.

Werner Surpasses Expectations With Elite Victory Sep 8, 2012

The running community began rumbling last year about an eighth grader and the times she was running. The anticipation for the arrival of Taylor Werner grew over the summer, especially after her 5:00.52 at the Festival of Miles, but few probably expected such an elite performance for her first high school 5k.

Marker Begins Writing New Chapter With Victory Sep 8, 2012

Villa Duchesne’s Elise Marker feels she has some unfinished business to take care of this season. She started off her season in the right direction, winning the White Division at Saturday’s Forest Park Cross Country Festival in 19:16.10, more than 40 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Byrley chases after ever-moving target Sep 8, 2012

Some people race the clock; other’s race top-flight opponents. Parkview’s Cameron Byrley likes to race the Gator. Byrley, a junior, knew the Forest Park Cross Country Festival course after having won the JV White Division as a freshman. Now he has added the varsity White Division title to his résumé with his 16:28.90 on Saturday.

16:59! Sep 11, 2012

  By time the tents came down and the crowd had left Forest Park Saturday, one race was already reverberating throughout the running world, and those that saw it immediately added it to their short list of memorable moments in Missouri running.  

Lee's Summit West Girls Sweep Forest Park Sep 11, 2012

Few want to assign to much weight to results from the first weeks of a new cross country season, especially when trying to determine which teams look like contenders. Injuries nearly always become a factor at some point, and numerous runners will move in or out of varsity lineups as the coming weeks unfold. Even with those caveats in mind, the Lee’s Summit West girls appear poised to make another run at the Class 4 state title.

Forest Park JV Recap Sep 9, 2012

The junior varsity races are typically filled with two types of runners – underclassmen looking to gain experience and upperclassmen looking to earn a spot on the varsity seven.

The Curse of Forest Park? Sep 6, 2012

As we get ready for the 2012 Forest Park XC Festival, I’m once again hearing chatter about “The Curse of Forest Park.”

Varsity Boys Green Race 2012 Forest Park XC Festival Sep 13, 2012

Video of the Varsity Boys Green Division Race 5k at the 2012 Forest Park Cross Country Festival in St. Louis, September 8. Includes footage from the start, 300 meters, 1.2 miles, 1.8 miles, 2.1 miles and the finish as Marquette HS (MO) junior Noah Kauppilla captured the victory in the last half mile with a time of 15:18. The O' Fallon (IL) Boys dominated putting 5 in the top 27, capturing the team title with 66 points, led by the 2-3 finish by Patrick Perrier and Alex Riba. O' Fallon won their 2nd title in three years, keeping the Rock Bridge from repeating as the Bruins finished 2nd with 141 points. Host St. Louis University High scored 160 points to place 3rd while Blue Springs placed 4th, totaling 214 points without top runner Simon Bilete. The race featured 278 finishers and 35 total teams. 2012 FPXCF Varsity Boys Green Race.wmv

O Fallon's Coach Burnett, Alex Riba, & Patrick Perrier, 2012 For Sep 9, 2012

The O' Fallon Township High School Boys of Illinois captured the 2012 Forest Park Cross Country Festival Varsity Green Division 5k scoring just 66 points to dominate the field. Post meet interview with Coach Burnett and junior Patrick Perrier and senior Alex Riba who went 2-3 to lead the way to victory. The O' Fallon boys will placed 2nd at the 2011 Illinois State Meet and are shooting for another trophy this year. 20120908132707

Blue Springs Stephen Mugeche & James Barnett at 2012 Forest Park Sep 9, 2012

Interview with Blue Springs sophomore Stephen Mugeche and James Barnett after their 5th and 19th places finishes that helped the Wildcats finish 4th without their top runner Simon Bilete at the 2012 Forest Park Cross Country Festival in St. Louis. 20120908140213

Varsity Boys White Race 1.2 mile mark missed 1st runners 2012 Fo Sep 13, 2012

Race Video at the 1.2 mile mark of the Varsity Boys White Race after 1st runners have passed at the 2012 Forest Park Cross Country Festival in St. Louis, September 8. Sorry, must have mishandled camera at finish. Looked down after race and camera wasn't recording. 20120908115356 2012 FPXCF Varsity Boys White 1.2 mile- missed 1st runners.mts

Taylor Werner Interview Sep 8, 2012

Interview with Taylor Werner who won the Varsity Girls Green Division with a course breaking time of 16:59 in her first high school 5k

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