MO High School Sectional 1 XC Meet: Déjà vu of District 2 Meet




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If you happened
to be on the Parkway Central High/Middle School campus in Chesterfield the last
two Saturday mornings, October 20 and October 27, for the Class 4 District 2
and Sectional 1 cross country meets, you may have been doubting your senses
Saturday. It would have reasonable for one to think he or she was having a case
of De Javu. That’s because things played out quit similarly both days, some
would say eerily, just days before Halloween.

The Girls
race got under way at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, just like it did the week before.
And just like the week before, Hannah Long, the Eureka super-sophomore got out
quick and never looked back. In fact, if you had been at the Suburban West
Conference meet at Parkway Central on Monday, October 8th, you may
have really been questioning if you needed to see a head doctor Saturday. Long cruised
to her third straight 5k victory on the course, all within 20 days and all
while finishing in a time of 18:0-something. Saturday’s margin victory grew
from 45 seconds at Districts to 52 seconds, while she crossed the tape in 18:03.
Illness may be to blame for that expanded difference though, as Parkway West sophomore
Maddy Brown struggled to a 27th place finish Saturday, after her
runner-up finish to Long at Districts. One coach from another school mentioned
after the meet Brown had been sick all week.
Hannah Long won her third race in 20 days Saturday, all on the Parkway Central XC Course, all in 18:0x.
The girls’ team
battle closely resembled the District 2 Meet with the top three all staying the
same. The Eureka Lady Wildcats captured their second straight state series 1st
place trophy, scoring 56 points. A solid race from junior Lauren Von Seelen
kept the Wildcats just 10 points above their District total with her 34th
place finish after stepping back into the varsity line up after some recent
rest. Despite added competition from the District 1 qualifiers field, Eureka
senior Angie Sumner improved upon her 4th place District finish to
take runner-up honors to teammate Long in 18:55. The Wildcats put four in the
top 11 with senior Megan Cunningham finishing 7th and sophomore
Rachel Yergensen placing 11th in.
Eureka senior Angie Sumner was 2nd.
After edging
Eureka (who rested Angie Sumner) for the Suburban West title October 8th, the Marquette
Lady Mustangs earned their second straight runner-up meet finish. The Mustangs
had another solid showing and led by their fab four freshman totaled 65 points.
Marquette put five runners from ninth to 20th, with freshman Hannah
Pierson leading the way placing 9th in 19:34. The other three frosh
were Danielle Mohrmann 12th, Eryn Bass 14th, and Lindsay
Bass 20th. A week after setting a 30-second 5k personal record, senior
Ashley Bertich improved one more second, finishing 18th in 20:12.
Junior Shelby Hummel wasn’t far back in 25th as the sixth scorer.
After capturing the District 2 title a week ago, the Eureka Lady Wildcats won Sectional 1 Saturday, October 27.
After 3rd
place finishes at the Suburban West and District 2 meets, Lafayette earned
their third straight third place meet finish behind Eureka and Marquette. The
Lady Lancers added just five points to their District total to score 70 points.
Lafayette was led by freshmen, with Sarah Nicholson finishing 4th in
19:04, and Anna West who was 10th in 19:37.
The Marquette Lady Mustangs earned the 2nd place team trophy at Sectional 1, Saturday, October 27.
Summit, the District 1 runner-up behind Lindbergh, was able to overtake the
Lady Flyers and the District 2 4th placers-Parkway West, to earn the
final State Qualifying spot. Summit was led by All-Stater Alyssa Jones who took
3rd place and freshman Melissa Menghini, who placed 17th.
Menghini is the sister of former St. Joseph High School star Krista, who helped
St. Joe to a Class 4 State Trophy in cross country with an all-state finish
before heading to Kansas City to help St. Joe to the volleyball title in the
same day in 2010. Rockwood Summit totaled 102 points to best Parkway West, 5th-144,
Lindbergh, 6th-149, Jackson, 7th-173, and Cor Jesu, 8th-182.
At 8/10ths of a mile some of the individual and team battle was on.
In the Boys
race, there were even more similarities compared to the District 2 Meet. The
Marquette duo of Noah Kauppila and Adam Roderique ran side by side for most of
the 3.1 miles.  The led a lead pack that
passed the early race leader a half mile in. That pack included the familiar faces
of Lafayette’s top three: Derek Legenzoff, Jordan West, and Dylan Quisenberry,
as well as District 2 foes, Brian Hernan of Parkway South, Austin Del Rosso of
DeSmet, and District 1 standouts Billy Leighton of Cape Central, and Fox’s
Larry Lopez.
Just before 2 miles the Marquette duo of Noah and Kauppila and Adam Roderique led Cape Central’s Billy Leighton.
At 1.9 miles,
it was a three-man race, just like the week before, but instead of Lafayette’s
Jordan West a step behind Kauppila and Roderique, it was Billy Leighton. The
senior from Cape Girardeau Central appears to be back from a long road of recover
from injuries that kept him out most of the season. A few seconds behind the
top three were Lafayette seniors Legenzoff and West. With about 300 meters to
go, Kauppila had pulled ahead of teammate Roderique by several seconds and just
over 10 seconds ahead of Leighton.  Kauppila crossed the finish first in 15:51,
the same time he captured the District 2 race in. Roderique was second in
15:55, just like at Districts. Leighton was 3rd in 16:10 while Legenzoff
was 4th in 16:16, West 5th in 16:21, Del Rosso 6th
in 16:23, Quisenberry 7th in 16:33, Hernan 8th in 16:36,
and Lopez 9th in 16:36.
Kauppila pulled away from teammate Roderique late and had a few second lead just before the 3 mile mark.
With their
top three going 4-5-7, and Derek Albright finishing 20th and Jack
Rogan’s 50th place the Lafayette totaled 62 points to take the
victory, like the week before. Marquette scored 80 to finish 2nd
again while the third and fourth place finishers from District 2 swapped spots
and earned the final two State Qualifying spots. The two teams always seem to
come on strong late in the season and make it to State. Parkway West placed 3rd
with a strong top three finish of Kevin Koboldt 11th, Chris Carter
13th, and Andrew Osborne 16th. The Longhorns totaled 93
points while DeSmet scored 104 points to keep Lindbergh -113 points, Fox- 118
points, and Jackson – 120, from advancing. Oakville finished 8th
with 164.
The Lafayette Lancers captured the Sectional 1 Meet title after taking first at Districts
While the
Sectional 1 meet Saturday wasn’t exactly the same as the District Meet the week
before, the four District 2 boys teams advanced to the State Meet and 18
District 2 boys finished in the top 30 to advance to State. On the girls side,
three of four District 2 teams advanced to State, as 20 District 2 girls
finished in the top 30 to advance to State.

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