2011 Footlocker Cross Country Midwest Regionals

2011 Footlocker Cross Country Midwest Regionals
Saturday is the Footlocker Cross Country Midwest Regional Meet in Kenosha Wisconsin. This is the 33rd year for the national high school cross country championship that is made up of four regional meets where the top 10 finishers in the boys and girls seeded races qualify for the National Finals in San Diego December 10. The meet’s original title sponsor was Kinney Shoes and eventually became Footlocker. 

It appears with more high school post-season meet options, there are fewer Missourians registered for this year’s meet. The meet includes six races and includes an open race for all ages. It looks like there are just about 60 entrants from Missouri. Although some of the top runners in the state will look to add their names to the history books and join an elite list of national qualifiers.
The Footlocker Cross Country website lists several of the top entrants from each state and includes these Missourians:
            Hannah Long               9         Eureka                         2nd Class 4 – 18:29
            Brigette Caruthers       11        Branson                       3rd Class 4 – 18:49
            Sophia Racette             9         Nerinx Hall                 5th Class 4 – 19:11
            Saga Barzowski          11        Arcadia Valley            1st Class 2 – 19:37
            Melissa Brown            10        Oakville                       8th Class 4 – 19:41
            Nicole Mello               11        Hickman                      9th Class 4 – 19:41
            Caleb Wilfong             12        Rock Bridge      1st Class 4 – 15:54
            Drew White                12        Festus                1st Class 3 – 16:05
            Noah Kauppila            10        Marquette         4th Class 4 – 16:15
            Billy Leighton             11        Central            11th Class 4 – 16:30
After good races at Nike Midwest Cross Regionals almost two weeks ago Drew White, Caleb Wilfong, Billy Leighton, and Kaleb Wilson will look more good 5k performances on the Wayne Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Kenosha Wisconsin. At first glance it looks like Saga Barzowski and Kayla Funkenbusch appear to be the only Missouri ladies who will run Saturday who also ran at Nike. Quite a few of the top Missouri girls will give it their best shot Saturday. The list includes freshman phenoms Hannah Long and Sophia Racette. Other top girls scheduled to compete: Amanda Behnke, Melissa Brown, Bridgette Caruthers, Nicole Mello, and Hannah Richardson. 
Another Missouri runner finishing up a great season is California junior Elizabeth Kirby. Kirby, in just the second season of cross country for California High School (under head coach Josh Grotzinger), earned All-State honors in the Class 2 race at the state meet three weeks ago. She’ll run the race where her father had great success. Joe Kirby is the lone Missouri male to ever qualify for Foot Locker Nationals multiple times. Kirby running for Jefferson City, qualified for Kinney Nationals in 1984 placing 20th and 1985 placing 14th, before an All-American career at The University of Nebraska. 
                Elizabeth Kirby                                                                                                 Joe Kirby
A post following this one is will review the all-time Missouri Kinney/Footlocker National Qualifiers.
It appears that the Eureka girls will be sending a team to Footlocker as well the Class 3 State Champion Warrensburg Boys. Also, Ft. Zumwalt West and South appear to be sending quite a few runners. The Menghini clan is scheduled to race. Krista, the 2011 St. Joseph’s grad and current Southern Illinois Univeristy volleyball player, is entered with mother and super-endurance athlete Terri. Also 8th grade sister Melissa, also a future running/volleyball star candidate is registed. And finally Travis, the Rockwood Summit junior who just missed qualifying for the state meet this year. Running for Sophia Racette appears to be a family affair. Susan and Isabella Racette are entered and I believe I saw Sophia a month ago cheering somebody on, possibly her mother at the St. Louis Rock ‘n Roll Half/Marathon.
Good Luck to all! Hopefully the weather will be nice and the course not the normally muddy surface it usually is this time of year.
Saturday November 26, 2011
Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course
Univeristy of Wisconsin Parkside
Kenosha, Wisconsin
10:00am          Freshman/Sophomore Boys
10:40am          Girls Seeded
11:25am          Boys Seeded
12:05pm          Freshman/Sophomore Girls
12:45pm          Junior/Senior Boys
1:25pm            Open Race
2:15pm            Awards Ceremony
Top 10 finishers in the Seeded Races qualify for Footlocker National Championships December 10 at Morely Field at Balboa Park in San Diego California
Missouri Entries
Name                           State Gender   High School    Year
Saga Barzowski          MO      F          Arcadia Valley            jr
Amanda Behnke         MO      F          Lutheran South           sr
Melissa Brown            MO      F          Oakville                       so
Max Burson               MOM         Warrensburg                so
Alex Burson                MO      M         Warrensburg                so
Brigette Caruthers     MO      F          Branson                       jr
Aly Coleman                 MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt West       sr
Creighton Collier           MO      M         Warrensburg                sr
Megan Cunningham       MO      F          Eureka                         jr
Haley Delgado              MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt West       sr
Albert Fleer                  MO      M         Warrensburg                jr
Brandon Foster             MO      M         Ft. Zumwalt South      jr
Kayla Funkenbusch    MO      F          Rock Bridge                fr
Caitlin Gervich               MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt South      so
Coleen Grone                MO      F          Francis Howell North 2011
Dakota Harris                MO      M         California                    jr
Jacob Humphries           MO      M         Ft. Zumwalt South      sr
Maggie juengst              MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt South      sr
Hadley Karandjeff         MO      F         
Noah Kauppila            MO      M         Marquette                    so
Elizabeth Kirby           MO      F          California                    jr
Seth Kitchen                 MO      M         Ft. Zumwalt South      so
Grace Lackner              MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt West       2011
Dan Lasker                   MO      M         Marquette                    sr
Billy Leighton             MO      M         Cape Central               sr
Hannah Long              MO      F          Eureka                         fr
Elise Marker                 MO      F          Villa Duchesne            fr
Jessie McNeel              MO      F          Eureka                         sr
Tucker Melles              MO      M         Park Hill South           fr
Nicole Mello              MO      F          Hickman                      jr
Melissa Menghini          MO      F
Terri Menghini              MO      F         
Travis Menghini            MO      M         Rockwood Summit     jr
Krista Menghini            MO      F          St. Josephs                  2011
Zachary Merrill             MO      F          California                    so
Carson Miller               MO      M         Ft. Zumwalt South      so
Kyle Mrotek                MO      M         Lindbergh                   fr
Andrew Nordyke         MO      M         Warrensburg                sr
Sydney O’Brien            MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt South      so
Kyle Pieper                  MO      M         Lindbergh
Jean Pierre Espinoza MO      M         Warrensburg
Sophia Racette           MO      F          Nerinx Hall                 fr
Susan Racette              MO      F
Isabella Racette            MO      F
Hannah Richardson   MO      F          Kirkwood                    fr
Adam Roderique         MO      M         Marquette                    jr
Taylor Schulz               MO      F          Eureka                         sr
Emily Shultz                 MO      F          West Plains                 sr
Tommy Skosky           MO      M         Lindbergh                   jr
Gregory Spillman, Jr.   MO      M         Linn                           so
Trevor Strader             MO      M
Angela Sumner            MO      F          Eureka                         jr
Kaitlin Vaughan           MO      F          Ft. Zumwalt South       so
Lauren von Seelen       MO      F          Eureka                         so
Drew White               MO      M         Festus                          sr
Caleb Wilfong           MO      M         Rock Bridge                sr
Kaleb Wilson            MO      M         Linn                             sr
Rachael Yergensen      MO      F          Eureka                         fr
Sean Zimmerman        MO      M         Ft. Zumwalt South      sr
Photos of the athletes in bold are included in the photo illustration

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