Mallori Burnett, Tyler Perkins and Sam Ridgeway will compete on Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Course
New Franklin freshman Mallori Burnett returned to Howard Hills Complex Saturday for the Class 1 District 6 Meet with hopes of breaking her own personal record.
Although Burnett knew the weather may have something to do with setting a new PR, the freshman standout didn’t let that deter her from accomplishing her goal by placing fifth out of 23 runners in a time of 23:44.
Of course Burnett wasn’t the only place finisher for the Bulldogs. New Franklin’s Tyler Perkins and Sam Ridgeway also qualified for the state cross-country meet next Saturday in Jefferson City by placing seventh and 11th overall out of 30 runners in times of 19:25.70 and 20:01.70, respectively.
Garrett Fessler had the best overall time in the meet for the boys in 17:45.90 while Nicole Helm turned in the fastest time for the girls in 21:50.
In the final-team standings, the Salisbury boys captured first with a score of 27 while Glasgow finished second with 29 points.
For the girls, Glasgow finished first with 34 points while Salisbury came in a close second with 35 points and Braymer third with 54 points.
New Franklin cross-country coach Adam Quest said despite the absolutely frigid temperatures, the boys and girls had an outstanding day at the district cross country meet in Moberly.
“I knew it was going to be cold, and I really challenged the kids to see the cold as an opportunity, not as a hinderance,” Quest said. “They really took that to heart and thrived in the adverse conditions. All total, we had three athletes qualify for the state meet in Jefferson City next weekend. Mallori Burnett really set the bar high for our team, coming out of the gate finishing in fifth place in the girls race and setting a new personal best in the process. She had an exemplary race from start to finish. I have seen the potential in her from the beginning of the season, and I am so proud of her to have made it to state as a Freshman.
“Joining her at the state meet will be Tyler Perkins and Sam Ridgeway. Tyler finished seventh in the boys race, also with a new personal record. Sam finished 11th, with a new season record. Both boys started out the race together, but Tyler pulled away during the second mile. Both boys ran awesome races and really left it all out there. Last year, Sam finished one place short of qualifying for state, so it was nice to see him accomplish his goal this year. Tyler will be returning to state for the second year in a row. I was very proud of how well our team competed all season."
The state meet will be held at Oak Hills Golf Course in Jeff City.
Class 1 boys run at 9:35 a.m. while Class 2 girls will compete at 10:45 a.m.