Most varsity teams are made up of experienced junior and senior runners. Sikeston only has six varsity runners, three of which are first year freshmen, and another senior who is running cross-country for the first time.
Yet this week the team finished fifth out of 17 teams in Saturday's Potosi Invitational. Eight of the nine teams in the district were also present and only two finished above Sikeston. Dale Ham continues to lead the way, finishing seventh out of 125 runners. Ham was pushed hard by teammate Clay Lincoln.
Lincoln used everything he had to stay with Ham for almost 2 1/2 miles of the race to finish in 14th place.
"It is hard to tell Clay he can't do something in a race," said Sikeston coach Gary Williams. " He continues to push down barriers to a possible state qualifying berth."
Johnathan Wiley also continues to improve with his 53rd place finish. This was an important scorer for Sikeston to get a fifth place finish. The other two scorers for Sikeston that were added in for the team score were Quinton Lamb and freshmen Kevin Fredrickson.
The next meet for the team is the Semo Conference meet Thursday at Notre Dame High School.