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Francis Howell had set a course for a state title all season.
Herculaneum’s Kaitlyn Fischer was on a mission. She had her track gold medals, but the state cross country title had eluded her for three years. Both Saga Barzowski and Courtney Rogers, the two girls who account for the past three Class 2 state titles, were in the field once again.
The state cross country meet always brings out some of the gutsiest performances. St. Louis University High sophomore Matt Hennessey was in a walking boot all week leading up to the Class 4 state meet, and his only run was the practice lap the Jr. Billikens took on the Oak Hills Golf Center course on Friday.
While Blue Springs senior Simon Belete was being swarmed by well-wishers with congratulatory hugs and pats on the back for winning the Missouri boys’ Class 4 state cross country meet, one classmate couldn’t resist reminding the newly crowned champion that he had been the better runner in the eighth grade.
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Tyler Rush had the thrill of finishing 1-2 with his teammate last year and claiming a team title.
Bartelsmeyer admits his speed gives him more confidence on the track than in cross country. But he knows when and how to use it for cross country success as well.
After Ste. Genevieve freshman Taylor Werner arrived on the high school scene with a jaw-dropping performance at Forest Park, speculation quickly started swirling about whether she could take down the girls’ state record.
Class 4 Coverage of the State XC Championships from Jefferson City.
Video of Class 4 Girls race won by Hannah Long
Post race interview with Taylor Werner the Class 3 Girls Champion in Missouri
MoMileSplit.com surveyed a panel of former Missouri XC champions for their advice to athletes 48 hours before the state meet.
Interview with a few members of the Francis Howell moments after they learned they were named the Class 4 Girls Champion
Class 3 Coverage of the State XC Championships from Jefferson City.
Footage of the Class 3 Girls Race won by Taylor Werner
Linn Coach Tim Bower after Linn Boys runner-up finish in Class 1 race at 2012 State Cross Country Championships.
Class 2 Coverage of the State XC Championships from Jefferson City.
St. Louis University High Coach Joe Porter after the Jr. Bills State Title Class 4
Video of Class 3 Boys Race won by Amos Bartlesmeyer
Interview with Nicole Mello of Hickman, runner up in the Class 4 Girls race
Interview with the Class 4 Champion, Hannah Long and member of the Eureka Girls Team
Post race interview with Sarah Jacobsen the runner up in Class 3 Girls
Post race interview with Katie Tuck, 3rd place finisher in the Class 3 Girls race
Race Footage of the Class 1 Girls Race won by Lexi McNiel
Taylor 1st, Shelby 5th, Class 3 Girls, 1st place Team State Champions
Post race interview with the duo from Glendale, Chris Mooneyham and Spencer Haik who finished 2-3 in the Class 4 Boys meet.
Linn senior Tyler Rush wins Class 1 State title after runner-up finish in 2011. Leads Linn Boys to 2nd place team finish.
Interview with Class 4 Boys Champion Simon Belete of Blue Springs
post race interview with Class 2 Champion, Deko Rickets
Class 1 Coverage of the State XC Championships from Jefferson City.
Race footage of the Class 4 Boys race won by Simon Belete
Race Footage of Class 2 Girls Race - Part 1 (finish of Class 2 field in part 2)
Finish line footage of the Class 2 Girls Race
Race Footage of Class 1 Boys Race won by Tyler Rush
Post race interview with Tyler Rush of Linn the Class 1 Boys Champion
Video of Class 2 Boys Race footage won by Deko Rickets
Post race interview with Kaitlyn Fischer, the Class 2 Girls Champion
Blue Springs senior Simon Belete after winning Class 4 Boys State XC Title, and Team runner-up finish
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