Sunday saw some of Missouri's top Cross Country Runners converge on the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana for the NXR-Midwest Regional Meet. The course was a little soft and slippery in spots but it still allowed for great competition and some fast times.
The Boys Championship race saw two Missourians earn 2nd team All-Region with Tom Seitzer (Rockhurst) and Clayton Whitehead (Carthage) taking 9th and 10th respectively with a 15:31 and a 15:36. Class 3 Stars Max McDaniel (Festus) and Blake Morris (Notre Dame - Cape Girardeau) took 30th and 32nd with times of 15:57 and 15:58. Chandler Gibbens of Hickman was the only other Missourian sub 16 with a 15:59 placing 35th.
Class 4 State Champion Rockhurst was the highest placing Missouri team with an 8th place finish. St. Louis University High placed 22nd, Festus 27th, and Lafayette (Wildwood) was 32nd out of 36 teams across Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan.
In the Girls Championship race Class 4 State Champion Ginger Murnieks (Lee's Summit West) was the top Missourian with an 18:29 which was good enough for 34th, despite a slip and near fall around the mile marker according to a source. Madelynn Hill (Liberty) was 46th at 18:41, Mackenzie Stucker (Raymore-Peculiar) 48th and 18:43, and Marissa Dick (Raymore-Peculiar) 49th at 18:43 were all among the top 50 finishers.
\There were also some impressive results from Missourians in the Freshman/Sophomore Race. Macy Schelp (Lutheran South) won the girls race with a 19:39, Ella Casey (Grain Valley) was 4th, Haley Baldwin (Lee's Summit West) was 7th, Madelyn Gray (Ft Zumwalt South) was 9th, and Marisa Jacknewitz (Nerinx Hall) was 10th. Landon Hendrickson (Logan-Rogersville) was the top Missouri finisher in the Boys race with a 12th place finish.