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Sikeston's Lincoln, Kelly's Glastetter earn all-state at cross country meet

Monday, November 10, 2003

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Michael Glastetter
JEFFERSON CITY. -- The best runners in Class 3 competed at the state cross country meet over the weekend at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.

Sikeston sophomore Clay Lincoln finished in 21st place at the meet out of 160 runners which was high enough to be named an all-stater.

Only the top 25 runners reach all-state status.

Lincoln was also an all-stater as a freshman during the track and field season when he placed sixth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:24.7, one of the top times in the country for a freshman.

Lincoln ran the 5,000 meter course in 17:19.6, which was the fourth best time for a sophomore.

"Fifteen months ago Clay didn't know what cross-country was -- now he has qualified for the state finals twice and become all-state in his second year of running cross-country," said Sikeston cross country coach Gary Williams."

Williams said Lincoln was as high as eighth place during the latter stages of the race, but he wasn't able to hold on to the position over the final 400 meters, saying, "the fast early pace caught up to him."

"Clay loves to run out in front but last week at the district meet that strategy backfired so this week our plan was to stay back in around 40th place and work our way to the medals by the second mile," said Williams.

"But when you are running a race in front of thousands of spectators it is very tough to hold back, although Clay did stay back some, passing the 800 meter mark in 25th place."

Lincoln is the first all-state cross country runner Sikeston has had since Cory Taylor in 1998.

"Confidence is so important in getting to the highest levels of this sport," said Williams. "Clay now knows he can run with the best runners in the state. And with increased training in the off-season there is no telling how high he will finish next year. Our main goal this season was for Clay to become all-state.

"Now that goal has been achieved Clay is really looking forward to the spring track season and beating some of the runners that got by him this week."

JEFFERSON CITY -- Kelly High School's Michael Glastetter finished in 22nd place with a time of 17:48.06 to become an all-stater in Class 2.

"Mike ran hard and competed well," said Kelly coach John Merrick. "He improved each week all season and he deserves this honor."

Also competing for Kelly was senior Trey Simmons, but he didn't make all-state, finishing in 58th place with a time of 18:31.2.

"Trey Simmons is the only on senior on the team but will be missed by his teammates and his coaches," said Kelly coach John Merrick.

"One of his goals was an all-state performance which he wanted to add to his list of accomplishments. We were disappointed for him, but not in him as he has given this team far more than the team can give back to him.

"He was a great team leader as well as a positive role model for the rest of the team. We would like to thank the parents, family, and friends that have supported the team through the season."