Crosses the finish line in a time of 20:28.10 in Class 1
New Franklin freshman Tyler Perkins really didn’t know what to expect of his first state cross-country meet Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
While competing against a field of 168 runners in Class 1 on a perfect day for running, Perkins went out and recorded one of his best times of the season while finishing in 134th place in 20:28.10.
"We went into the state meet with no real expectations for Tyler,” Quest said. “He is just a freshman, and this is obviously his first experience at the state meet. There was no real pressure on him to finish a certain place, so I think he just went out there and took it all in and had a good time.
“In the end, he had a great performance. His time was one of his better times of the season, and on the tough course at the state meet, that's saying something. Being just a freshman, I was excited to have Tyler qualify for state. I am hoping this will whet his appetite and he will come out next season more determined than ever to repeat his visit."
Riley Gorham of Hardin-Central finished first in the meet in a time of 16.43.28. Dustin Shoemaker of Humansville, meanwhile, placed second in a time of 16:52.39.
Hermitage won the team title for Class 1 with 55 points while Lutheran (KC) finished second with 100 points, New Haven third with 135 points and Humansville fourth with 171 points.
In the boys Class 2 championships, Simon Gelber of Whitfield turned in the fastest overall time in 16:24.62.
Lamar captured the team title with 81 points while Stockton finished second with 130 points, Fatima third with 139 points and Woodland fourth with 149 points.
In the boys Class 3 championships, Stephen Kielhofner of Springfield Catholic led the field in a time of 15:36.61 while Ben Naeger of St. Genevieve finished second in 15:48.91.
Festus claimed the team crown in Class 3 for the boys with a total of 56 points. Ste. Genevieve finished second with 68 points, followed by Fulton with 145 points and Helias with 186 points.
In Class 4, Austin Hindman of Lafayette had the fastest overall time in 15:22.30 while Victor Mugeche of Blue Springs finished a close second in 15:38.84.
Kansas City Rockhurst won the team title with 109 points while Rock Bridge finished second with 116 points, Lafayette third with 117 points and Blue Springs fourth with 152 points.
In the girls Class 1 state-cross-country meet, Claire Workman of Summit Prep had the fastest time in 19:00.60.
Summit Prep also won the team title with 66 points while Salisbury finished second with 80 points, New Haven third with 134 points and Lutheran (KC) with 148 points.
In Class 2, Brianna Haller of Fatima won the individual title in a time of 19:29.18 while edging Allie Gibbs of Steelville, who finished second in a time of 19:44.25.
Fatima also won the team title with 37 points while Holden finished second with 69 points, Bowling Green third with 146 points and Whitfield fourth with 157 points.
In Class 3, Tabitha Weber of Marshfield had the fastest time in 18:59.92 while Kelie Henderson of Bolivar finished a close second in 19:05.25.
Bolivar captured the team championship with 80 points while Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) finished second with 86 points, Helias third with 138 points and Herculaneum fourth with 139 points.
In Class 4, Mikayla Reed of Washington turned in the fastest time in 18:02.26 while Victoria Findley of Blue Spring South finished second in 18:27.62.
Jackson captured the team championship with 134 points while Lee’s Summit West finished second with 138 points, Washington third with 142 points and Park Hill South fourth with 143 points.