The Fredericktown Cross Country team competed in its last regular season race Oct. 20, at Dexter High School.
"The rains Friday left the course very wet, but Saturday's weather was perfect for racing," High School Cross Country Coach Colton Wooldridge said. "Our athletes really found out how much of a team sport cross country is at this meet."
Each runner earns points for the team based on his or her finishing place. The team's cumulative score determines its place in the meet, with the lowest team score winning. The FHS varsity boys finished second out of 22 teams, led by Junior, Brayden Mullins' second place overall finish."
"In the boys junior varsity division we had five young men who all did their jobs," Wooldridge said. "They fought and pushed each other the whole race. As a coach it was really impressive to see these first year cross country runners pick up on the little things and work so well together. Freshman Matthew Starkey really stepped up and charged down the latter sections of the race to secure the first team win in program history."
Fredericktown won the junior varsity division by three points "and it took all five of them to make it happen," Wooldrige said.
Fredericktown did not have enough girls competing at to score as a team, but freshman Ava Luat and Belle Hanshew both medaled in their respective races.
Nine different Blackcats earned medals at the Dexter Invitational by finishing in the top 20 overall.
Dexter Invitational Results:
2nd Place - Brayden Mullins (18:10)
14th Place - Lyndan Gruenke (19:01)
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18th Place - Colton Helms (19:21)
23rd Place - Ralph Patterson (19:46)
Boys Junior Varsity:
8th Place - Johnnie Hurst (20:55)
9th Place - Elijah Rogers (20:57)
14th Place - Noah Jenkerson (21:19)
19th Place - Matthew Starkey (21:46)
23rd Place - Clayton Martin (21:59)
13th Place - Ava Laut (23:54)
Junior Varsity Girls:
5th Place - Belle Hanshew (26:08)
The next meet will be the Class 3 District 1 meet Oct. 27, at Cape Notre Dame.
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