Cross Country Participated in Districts

Cross Country Participated in Districts
Posted on 10/29/2018
Cross Country Participated in DistrictsCoach Lowe gives us an update on Cross Country at the District 8 meet on Saturday in Maryville.

After a season of ups and downs, the West Platte Blue Jays Cross Country teams took it too a new level at the District 8 meet on Saturday, bringing home both first place plaques. For the boys, it continued their state record streak of 19 district titles in a row, and for the girls it was a 2nd straight title for the first time in girls team history.

Max Davies repeated as individual district champion, winning by almost 40 seconds. Phillip Pattison ran his season best time to finish 3rd in the district and cement his status as an elite district runner. After Phillip, the West Platte boys really turned it up a notch with the next three runners all setting season or career bests. Matik Heskin finished 12th with a season best time of 19:41 and Isaac Helmich ran his PR time of 19:48 to snag the second to last all-district spot at 14th. Zac Howerton ran a career best 19:57 to finish as the Jays 5th runner, just missing out on all district with a 17th place overall finish. Ryan Pattison ran 6th for the Blue Jays finishing 22nd and Coy Taylor rounded out the team finishing 34th.

There was a point in the season were another district title seemed to be in question, but the boys really laid it on the line this morning and came out and did what they had to do to win. North Platte finished 2nd, 18 points behind.

The girl's race again came down to St. Joe Christian and West Platte and for a 2nd year in a row, the ladies of West Platte brought home the 1st place plaque, beating Christian by 19 points, this time with five runners earning all-district recognition Sophia Rush took 15 seconds off her PR to finish in 3rd place (21:16) behind the defending state champ and a new runner from North Andrew. Lexi Elmore overcame a serious side-stitch to finish 8th in 22:39. They were followed closely by Lindsay Goodwin 12th place (23:10), Lea Moose in 14th (23:30), and Bella Clark earning 15th (23:31). Katy Tharp finished 21st for the Jays in 24:17 and immediately took off to help the Volleyball team in their sectional match and she was followed by Katie Groom who set a new PR for herself at 25:09.

The ladies started the year with the goal of repeating as district champs for the 1st time and they succeeded. Now to defend their state title. That will be November 3 in Jefferson City. We hope many of you can make it to the race to help support both the teams in their quest for a state trophy.