Photos - Notes - Festus Bowles XC Invitational

The high school cross country season continues to heat up but temperatures Saturday in Jefferson County for the Festus Bowles Invitational were mostly mild. While a handful of All-State runners had the weekend off of racing, some were on hand in Festus to cheer on their teammates.

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Siblings was the theme of the day in Festus. Siblings went 1-2 in both of the varsity races. Hillsboro senior twins Josh  and Jonah Allison went 1-2 and were followed by Jimmy Mann to give the Hawks a 1-2-3 finish. With a few standouts from other teams sitting out and others recovering from injury, Hillsboro showed why they are the favorites in Class 4 in the state.

Hillsboro put 5 in the top-7, 6 in the top-9, and 7 in the top-13, scoring just 19 points for the win. Festus, running without Ian Schram and two others working their way back from injury, placed 2nd with 51 points, while Webster Groves, Lutheran-St. Charles, and Lafayette were 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

In the varsity girls race, with star Grace Tyson off for the weekend, sisters Natalie (junior) and Elissa (senior) Barnard went 1-2 to lead Lafayette Lancers to the team title with 39 points. Washington's Julia Donnelly was 3rd, ahead of Lutheran-St. Charles's Grace Schaff, and host Festus' Abigail Schnable.

Webster Groves took runner-up honors with 90 points, while Festus and Seckman were 3rd and 4th with 94 and 105 points.


Hillsboro seniors Josh Allison (left), Jonah Allison (right), and Jimmy Mann (center), run in the lead, 1000-meters into the 5,000-meter varsity boys race at the Festus Bowles XC Invitational en route to a 1-2-3 finish to lead the Hawks to victory, scoring just 19 points.

Hillsboro senior Gavin Vaughn and his hair fly to the finish of the varsity race, taking 6th.

All Out!

Fox senior Jason Shaw sprints to the finish of the varsity boys 5k, taking 10th for the Warriors and holding off a pair of Festus runners.