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Sikeston, Kelly compete in Midwest's largest meet

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Dale Ham
ST. LOUIS -- Sikeston's cross country team competed in the biggest cross country meet in the Midwest over the weekend, competing along with 79 other teams in the Hancock Invitational.

Dale Ham came back from somewhat of a disappointing race last week to run an excellent race in the 3A division. He finished ninth place out of over 160 runners with a time of 17.21 over the tough Jefferson Barracks Park course in St. Louis.

"Many of the top runners in the 3A division were at the meet, so the possibility of Dale running well later in the state cross-country meet look promising," said Sikeston coach Gary Williams. "Dale's biggest mistake last week was a slow start. This week he immediately went to the front pack where he stayed throughout the race."

Freshman Clay Lincoln also had another outstanding race. Coming off his first place finish at Cape last week in the freshmen division, Lincoln was promoted to the junior varsity division race this week. The promotion had little affect on his placing as he took second out of over 200 runners, barely losing to the first place runner.

Lincoln's pattern of charging to the front and competing hard to the finish continues to be his pattern of running. Also in the same race, Jhonathan Wiley finished 39th. It was an excellent showing for someone who never ran cross-country before this year.

Clay Lincoln
Sikeston's next meet will be the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.

Kelly's cross country team also competed in Saturday's Hancock Invitational. Trey Simmons finished in 21st place in the varsity race with a time of 18:37 to bring home a medal. The varsity boys team came in 11th place.

Michael Glastetter came in 56th place, followed by Jordan Felter in 63rd, Brandon Ayers in 72nd, Nolen Lewer in 73rd and Derek Brucker in 80th.

In the boys junior varsity race, Todd Brucker took 96th and John Cooper took 111th.

Trey Simmons
In the varsity girls race, Katrena Martin took 63rd place with a time of 28:07. Leigh Ann Bucheit came in 64th place, followed by Patricia Quillman in 66th, Kristina New in 68th and Cara Klipfel in 70th.

In the invitational, personal records were set by Bucheit, Cooper, Klipfel, Lewer, Ayers and Quillman.

"We were very proud of all the kids," said Kelly coach John Merrick. "Several brought their times down and we even had some personal records. They're getting better every meet, and that's what we're looking for."

Kelly will also participate in the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.