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Big day for Lincoln, Rushing at Marshall County Invitational

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Matt Rushing
DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. -- Sikeston cross country standout Clay Lincoln finished eighth out of 209 runners in the Marshall County Invitational on Saturday.

Lincoln checked in with a time of 17:07 in a race that featured runners from Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana.

"Clay ran another strong meet after a hard week of practice," said Sikeston coach Gary Williams. "We worked through this meet to prepare for Thursday's conference meet. I was hoping Clay would have a top ten finish on a hilly course with top competition. He ran a steady race staying around 5th to 8th for most of the race. Our hope is that when we start reducing mileage and adding speed work, Clay will have big improvements in our last three meets (conference, district and state)."

Also finishing well was Quinton Lamb, who ran a personnel best of 20.43 in finishing 98th.

"The middle school race was the toughest I've ever seen," said Williams. "The race was a mile longer than similar races in Missouri. Kentucky also allows elementary kids to run in middle school meets. So many of the kids from Kentucky that run as 7th and 8th graders already have 4 or 5 years of experience to our one or two years of experience. So our team finish was not high."

The 2003 Kelly Cross Country Team
Still, in a field of 147 runners, Sikeston's Matt Rushing still had an excellent day, finishing in seventh place. Rushing also beat the only Southeast Missouri runner who beat him all year, Spencer McCormick from Jackson, who finished 9th. Also finishing for Sikeston was Tim Siars in 39th, seventh grader Steven Beydler in 71st, Brit Taylor in 84th and seventh grader Justin Irvin in 136th.

Sikeston's next meet is the SEMO Conference meet at Poplar Bluff on Thursday.

POTOSI -- Kelly's cross country team ran in the Potosi Invitational on Saturday. The varsity boys finished 9th out of 13 scoring teams and won the small school championship. Trey Simmons and Michael Glastetter were both medalists. Simmons came in 22nd place at 18:15 and Glastetter placed 24th at 18:22.

Derek Brucker took 59th, Jordan Felter came in 64th and Brandon Ayers placed 69th.

The varsity girls finished fifth out of 11 scoring teams. Emily Strobel was a medalist and set another personal record with a time of 23:15 for 18th place.

Amber Dirnberger was just one spot short of being a medalist in 31st place with a time of 24:18.

Lauren Gean came in 39th, Nikki Weiny took 57th, Stephanie Payne came in 88th, Samantha Barber took 93rd and Leigh Ann Bucheit finished 94th.

In the junior varsity boys race, Nathan Burford came in 79th and Brian Robinson took 87th.

Kelly had two medalists in the junior high boys race. Chris Cooper took 12th with a time of 12:43 and Zach Hicks came in 20th at 12:54. Michael Warren placed 44th and Richy Bucheit came in 80th.

Kelly's cross country team will be back in action on Thursday, traveling to Poplar Bluff for the conference meet. Other teams in the conference include Jackson, Cape Central, Notre Dame, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff.

The district run will be on Nov. 1 at Jefferson Barracks.