We are excited to announce our first All-MileSplit team for the 2011 XC season. As Missouri's premier media source for coverage of high school cross country, we decided it was time name a team that reflected the achievements of athletes all across the state, regardless of geography and what size school they represent. Congratulations to each member of the the first ever All-MileSplit XC team.
Samantha Nightingale, Blue Springs South, SR (Girl's Runner of the Year)
Nightingale had a phenomenal season capped of with an 8th place finish at NXN. She successfully defended her state title going undefeated during the regular season. Nightingale Feature Story
Bridgette Caruthers, Branson, JR
PR: 18:13 (This Season)
The Branson junior had a great year with a solid performance at state coming in third place behind Long and Nightingale.
Olivia Franklin, Kearney, FR
One of two freshman to make the first team, Franklin was victorious in the Class 3 girls race. Franklin was 5th at KC Metro, but went on to lose only one meet after that.
Conradette King, Jefferson City, SR
King had a consistently solid season with a fourth place finish at Forest Park, second at Richard Clark, and fourth in the Class 4 Girls race.
Sammy Laurenzo, Liberty North, SO
Laurenzo battled sickness down the strech but had a great season before then which included six victories in her first six races. She went on to finish 5th in Class 3 at State while not being 100%.
Hannah Long, Eureka, FR
Long had an unreal freshman year that was started by a victorius debut at Forest Park where she set the course record with her PR of 17:47. In her first run on the state course she placed second only behind Nightingale.
Nicole Mello, Hickman, JR
Mello is one of only three Missouri girls to dip under the 18 minute barrier. Despite being tripped up at State she went on to finish 9th. At Foot Locker, she qualified for nationals by running a PR of 17:43 to finish 7th.
Saga Barzowski, Arcadia Valley, JR
After finishing second last year, Barzowski won her second state meet this year. She also was a key part of leading her team to the State meet for the first time in school history.
Melissa Brown, Oakville, SO
Brown stepped into the spotlight with a third place finish at Forest Park. She continued having a breakout season with a victory at Hancock and capped it off with an 8th place finish at state.
Elizabeth Kiblinger, Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau), SR
Kiblinger had a great last few weeks with two victories leading up to state and a third place finish in the Class 3 race.
Nicole Lee, Clinton, SO
Lee only lost two meets this season; one to Laurenzo and a 4th place finish at State. She won two meets in three days at one point in the season.
Sophia Racette, Nerinx Hall, FR
Racette, another freshman, had a successful first season highlighted by a 5th place at State in Class 4. She also won four meets throughout the season and had an 8th place finish at Forest Park.
Hannah Richardson, Kirkwood, SR
Richardson turned it on at the Parkway West meet to win. From there she went on to finish second three times in a row then a 6th place finish at Class in the Class 4 race.
Kiersten West, Lee’s Summit West, SO
West led the Titans with a tenth place finish to yet another Class 4 team title. Her PR comes from KC Metro where she placed third behind Nightingale and Kansas State Champ Alli Cash.
Kristen Adams, Francis Howell, SO
In her first season of XC Adams continued to develop throughout the season. She finished, fifth, fourth, third, second, first, first and then 11th at her first State meet.
Hannah DeVries, North Kansas City, SR
Devries had an okay first half of the season with races like KC Metro where she finished 24th and Rim Rock where she finished 17th. She ran a phenomenal race at state to finish 7th in Class 4.
Jasmine Edwards, Kearney, SR
Edwards had a rough start to the season but quickly turned it around and finished second behind her teammate at State. Franklin and Edwards 1-2 finish was a big reason why they were able to claim the team title again this year.
Kaitlyn Fischer, Heculaneum, JR
Fischer had a solid year winning the lower division in Forest Park, and then winning Hancock. She went on to finish second at state for the second time.
Alyssa Jones, Rockwood Summit, JR
Jones had another successful season with a 7th place finish at Forest Park, 6th at Parkway West, and then 12th in the Class 4 Girls state race.
Lane Maguire, St. Teresa’s, JR
Maguire was in the mix at state, crossing the two mile in tenth place. She fell and dropped to 37th but still had a great season.
Mackenzie Weis, Midway, SR
Weis was the third girl this year to win two state titles, winning the Class 1 girls race handily.