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Sikeston cross country squad fares well

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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BENTON -- Sikeston competed in the Fifth Annual Kelly Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, and had a strong showing in both the varsity and junior varsity races.

In the varsity race, Sikeston's Sam Klimmeck finished second in the field of 47 runners with a time of 17:33. Teammate Dale Ham checked in at seventh place with a time of 18:04.

In the junior varsity race, Daniel Morrison impressively took first with a mark of 19:08. Quinton Lamb came in 19th place with a time of 22:46, followed by Larrell Wright in 28th. There were 49 runners in the junior varsity race.

"I was extremely pleased with everyone's performance," said Sikeston coach Beth Brunkhorst. "Quinton Lamb really stepped up and showed improvement, and Daniel Morrison's win is a great hallmark of how our program is growing. I was excited to see the jayvee performance and am looking forward to our next meet at Cape Girardeau this Saturday."

Both the varsity and junior varsity were courses were 3.1 miles long, with the top 15 runners in each race medaling. There was also a two-mile junior high race. Out of five girls, Sikeston's Emily Bowman placed second, Lauren Teachout took third, and Kathryn Eilders took fifth.

Sikeston's cross country team will travel to Cape Girardeau on Saturday.

"I look for Sam Klimmeck and Dale Ham to do well at Cape," said Brunkhorst. "It's a hilly course that takes a lot of endurance, and those two have really been working in practice to prepare."

The Hawks took second place as a team in the boys varsity race, finishing just one point behind invitational champ Poplar Bluff.

Adam Lofton took sixth place with a time of 18:02. Ashley Hahn finished in eighth with a time of 18:09, followed by Adam Daughhetee in 11th at 18:52, Lance Scheffer in 15th at 19:11, Michael Glastetter in 17th at 19:24, Andrew Mothershead in 21st at 19:51, and Trace Simmons in 25th at 20:07.

"The kids understand that some of them are running where they should be, and some aren't," said Kelly coach John Merrick. "Everybody is working on that. If we could've had one runner finish one or two places better, we would've won the meet."

Poplar Bluff finished with 44 points, followed by Kelly with 45, Perryville with 51, Notre Dame with 80, Advance with 131, and Delta with 173.

"Adam Lawson, Ashley Hahn, and Lance Scheffer have been real consistent for us," said Merrick. "Those three have medaled in both of our big races. Adam Daughhetee isn't where he wants to be yet, but he's got such a good work ethic, he's going to get there."

In the varsity girls race, the Lady Hawks took third with 47 team points. Shannon Lawson took fourth with a time of 24:24, followed by teammates Janessa Burford (12th, 26:08), freshman Jessica Wimberly (14th, 26:27), Katrena Martin (19th, 27:36), and Katie Heeb (22nd, 29:15).

In the junior varsity boys race, Kelly took second place behind Poplar Bluff with 45 team points. Lance Ferrell was seventh with a time of 20:59, Bud Worley was eighth at 21:26, and Derrick Felter checked in at No. 12 with a time of 21:57.

The junior varsity girls team took second place with a time of 42 points. Christina New was in eighth place with a time of 28:42, followed by Julia Vetter in ninth at 29:25, and Natalie Walter in 10th at 29:42.

Kelly's cross country team will travel to Cape Girardeau for a meet at North Park on Saturday that starts at 10 a.m.