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Elsberry Cross Country team pulls off third place win

Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

The Elsberry Indians Cross Country team competed at the Bowling Green Invitational on Friday, Oct. 25. With 19 schools present, they were able to pull off a third place victory and still leave room for improvement.

First up were the Indian Girls and with a long line surged into the 5K challenge, Naomi Gladney pulled off a 10th place run in 22:44. Not to far behind was Maggie Spratt, who came in 19th with a time of 24:04; both girls medaled. Annie Marie Bufford finished 34th with a time of 25:30, Mandy Horne came in 35th with a time of 25:35, Allie Smith received 42nd with a time of 26 flat and Anne Heintzelman finished 61st with a time of 30:38.

“We finished third behind Bowling Green and Lutheran – Saint Peters,” stated Head Coach Ezra Tillotson.

Jack Weakly was the only Elsberry boy to come out the box during the event and finished in 49th place with a time of 20:58.

“We are one week away from the District/State Qualifier,” said Tillotson. All our kids made good runs this past week, but they still have their best performances ahead of them.”

According to Tillotson, the will run their District meet on the same Bowling Green course, which for him is an advantage, as now the kids know the course and how to use it.

“Our kids are hungry and training hard,” said Tillotson. “Our next meet will determine what teams qualify for State, but whatever the final result, we will be very competitive and ready.”