#TBT Stories from Past State Meets

This will be my 6th State XC Meet as Webmaster of MoMileSplit.  With just 48 hours until the state meet i thought it would be fun to throwback to some of the stories from the state meet in recent years.

I wish we had the headline and links to the great stories over the years. For those currently running in high school it might be hard to imagine a time without smartphones or a site like this one to cover and document the accomplishments of the athletes who have participated in this great event. 



I believe this was the first state xc article written for Missouri Runners by David who at the time was a sophomore in high school. Little did we know this was only the beginning.

In what some may consider an upset, Kevin Colon blew past Matt Estlund of Chaminade in the last 200 meters to capture the coveted individual title in class 4A at the...






Track Stars Fischer & Rickets Win XC Titles

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.


Werner, Ste Genevieve Cap Off Magical Season

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.  

Belete Crowned Class 4 Boys Champion

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.  

SLUH Gives Competition The Boot

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.




Capital City Advantage?

After the first season where teams got a chance to see the Oak Hills Golf Center before the state meet, the typical response from those that participated in the Capital City XC Challenge in October was to downplay the talk of gaining an advantage.

Howell defends Class 4 title

The path to the podium was a little different this year, but at the end it was Francis Howell again as the top girls team in Class 4.

SLUH repeats after results scare

For a handful of fleeting moments, Lafayette thought it had won the Class 4 boys cross country title Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center.