Sage Eichenburch places 18th overall for Prairie Home boys
New Franklin cross-country coach Adam Quest said along with having their best weather of the season Monday during the Robert Kelsay Invitational in Salisbury, the Bulldogs also had their best meet thus far while competing against a field of 20 teams.
With the district meet set for Saturday, Oct. 28th in Moberly, Quest said this meet gives his team a lot of confidence when your compare their finishes to the finishes of those in their district.
“I think we are well positioned to have a great district meet in a couple of weeks,” Quest said. “Everybody ran their hearts out today, and I am really proud of everyone’s effort. Every single school in our district was in attendance at this meet, so it really gave me the opportunity to see how we stacked up.”
For the New Franklin girls, freshman Mallori Burnett more than held her own by finishing 24th overall in a time of 25 minutes and 18 seconds.
A total of 59 girls competed in the varsity meet, with Cassey Poole of Southern Boone turning in the fastest time in 21:17.64.
As for the New Franklin boys, Tyler Perkins finished 26th out of 75 runners in a time of 19:58. Sam Ridgeway placed 39th overall in 21:07, followed by Hayden Wiseman in 40th place in 21:17 and Asa Fischer in 58th place in 23:01.
Garrett Fessler of Salisbury turned in the fastest time in the meet, which featured 75 runners, in a time of 17:42.09.
Quest said Burnett was fighting off a shoulder injury, and showed a lot of heart pushing through the pain and finishing in 24th place. He said Perkins also had a great race, but probably the biggest surprise at the meet was the performance of Wiseman. “Hayden is definitely our most improved athlete this season,” Quest said. “He finished in 40th place, which is his best varsity finish of the season.”
Teams that will be competing in the Class 1 District 6 Cross-Country Meet along with New Franklin are: Atlanta, Braymer, Glasgow, Hardin-Central, Higbee, La Plata, Meadville, Norborne, Cairo and Salisbury.
Prairie Home senior Sage Eichenburch finished 18th overall in a time of 19:27.02 while competing in the Robert Kelsay Invitational Monday in Salisbury.
Allen Haslag placed 60th in a time of 23:11.06.