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Three cross-country runners advance to state

November 2, 2108—The Excelsior Springs Cross-Country Team recently traveled to Marshall to compete in Class 3, District 7 championships. 

Head Coach Brian Smarker said junior Michael Rebello stole the show with his first-place finish. Although none of the other members of the boys’ team qualified for state, Smarker said they ran well. The boys’ team finished in fifth place overall. The boys’ team also placed sixth in the virtual meet using season-best times for all the teams.  

“It’s good to know they’re still putting in the effort with their last race of the season as a team,” he said. “One other notable mention is with freshman, (freshman) Tyler Rumore, who was the only Tigers athlete to finish the season with a personal record.”

Michael Rebello

Junior Michael Rebello runs in the boys’ Class 3, District 7 championships in Marshall. Rebello finished in first place and will compete in state competition Saturday. Jimmy Lohman | Submitted photo

In the 5K Varsity Boys’ race, Rebello finished first overall with a time of 16:45.70. Rumore finished 35th with a time of 20:12.50 with junior Liam Greim finishing 41st with a time of 20:33.10. Junior Zane Lohman and junior Noah Dotson finished 48th and 55th with times of 20:56.50 and 21:22.80 respectively. Sophomore Caleb Hatfield finished with a time of 21:55.70, placing 65th with sophomore Michael Bagby finishing 69th with a time of 22:13.50.

In the girls’ race, freshmen Jacey Brewer and Macey Chaney qualified for the state race. Smarker said the top 15 places advanced to state and sophomore Zacalen Lohman and freshman Ava Ishmael finished shortly outside the cutoff.

“My hope was that all four would be in the top 15 and maybe help the entire team get to state,” he said. “Unfortunately, Lawson and Cameron girls had a better day than we did.”

In the girls’ race, Brewer finished 12th with a time of 23:33.10. Chaney finished 13th with a time of 23:37.10. Lohman finished 17th at 24:23.70 and Ishmael finished 18th with a time of 24:31.70. 

Freshman Kylie Albertson finished 33rd with a time of 26:21.10. Sophomore Audrey Baldwin and freshman Lacey Miller finished 35th and 41st at 26:21.10 and 28:50.70.

Smarker said being a young team, the girls’ team can grow together.

“They all get along great and have a bright future ahead of them in Cross Country, especially if they continue to work at it in between seasons,” he said.

The Tigers will travel to the varsity state competition at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City Saturday. The first race begins at 10 a.m.

By Kimberely Blackburn • kimberely@leaderpress.com

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