In a year that's already seen many of Missouri's all-time lists rewritten, it's fitting that the final meet of the season would see another record broken.
Running Lane Nationals took place this past weekend in Alabama, and the course was set up to run fast times. It had been meticulously measured out to ensure it was exactly 5000m, and they even rolled the course just before the meet to make sure it was hard and fast, and fast it was. Three runners from Newbury Park (California) broke the national record, with the winner Colin Sahlman running 14:03 for the victory.
NXR Midwest Regional and Class 5 State Champion Andrew Hauser was the top Missourian and he also had himself a day for the history books. The Rock Bridge sophomore, who already owned the second-fastest time in state history from his championship run at Gans Creek with a 14:52, ran the fastest 5K time in Missouri history at Running Lane. Hauser crossed the line at 14:38.15, well below Matt Tegenkamp's previous record of 14:47.72 from Footlocker Nationals in 1999.
Fellow sophomore Sage Wilde (Liberty North) also ran under the previous record with a time of 14:42.33. With two sophomore's under the old state record already, it looks like cross country and track fans in Missouri are in for a real treat of the next two and half years. Additionally, Rock Bridge junior Ian Kemey ran the fourth-fastest time in state history with a time of 14:51.99, making it three of the four fastest cross country runners in state history returning for the 2022 season.