Sikeston's Clay Lincoln, wearing borrowed shoes from teammate Dale Ham, defeated 70 other runners to win the freshman division.
"Clay ordered racing shoes that have not come in yet," explained Sikeston coach Gary Williams. "He got an offer from Dale to try his shoes. Lucky for Clay both runners wear the same size."
Lincoln was at home on the tough 2.6 mile course. The hills seemed to be an advantage, as he pulled away from the field on every climb.
He finished the race with a time of 15:44, which would have been a respectable time in the varsity race.
In the varsity boys race, Ham had a respectable showing, claiming the seventh place medal with a time of 15:12.
"This probably was not one of Dale's better races of the year over a course that isn't one of his favorites," said Williams. "Although he did improve over his 15th place finish of a year ago. Look for Dale to run much better next week in the Hancock Invitational."
The Hancock Invitational is the largest cross-country meet in the state and is split into classes. Ham will run in a race that is only made up of runners from the Class 3 state classification. Ham has only lost to one runner from Class 3 in the first three invitationals Sikeston has participated in.
In the junior varsity race Johnathan Wiley finished 31st and Quinton Lamb took 49th out of a field of 80 runners. Both will be expected to be part of the varsity team later in the season. Sikeston's next meet is Sept. 28th at the Hancock Invitational.
Kelly also experienced success at the Cape Central Invitational. In the boys varsity race, Trey Simmons came in 24th place with a time of 15:53. Michael Glastetter took 51st.
In the girls varsity race, Kristina New came in 57th place with a time of 25:55. Katrena Martin took 58th, followed by Natalie Walter in 59th and Natalie Scherer in 61st.
In the boys junior varsity race, Ryan Koch took 51st with a time of 19:26. Todd Brucker took 57th.
In the freshmen race, Kelly finished third place as a team. Blake Lee set a personal record on the course with a time of 16:58. He took ninth place overall.
Jordan Felter came in 11th place at the 17:06 mark. Nolen Lewer took 21st, followed by Brandon Ayers in 26th, John Cooper in 28th, Derek Brucker in 30th and Stephen Cruz in 46th.
In the freshmen girls race, Leigh Ann Buchheit took 22nd place with a time of 25:53 and Cara Klipfel placed 36th with a time of 27:19.