For the first time in more than a decade, a trio of runners from Seymour High School will compete at the Class 1 State Cross Country Meet in Columbia.
Competing last Saturday at the Class 1 district meet in the St. Louis suburb of Washington, Tiger harriers Bryson Benson, Riley Ferrier and Mackenzie Roderick placed among the top-15 runners in their respective varsity races to advance to the state event.
Benson was the top Tiger finisher.
He covered the 3.1-mile layout in a time of 19:09, good for seventh place in a field of 52 runners.
Tiger head coach Nick Cook said Benson’s per-mile race average was 6:09.
For the varsity girls, Roderick finished 12th in a field of 17 runners with a time of 31.41. Ferrier earned the final individual spot for state by placing 15th in 35:06.
“The top-15 individuals and top two teams at the district meet advanced to state,” Cook said.
“Our boys’ team just missed out on earning a trip to state as a team.”
Seymour’s varsity boys finished third in the team competition.
Benson was seventh in 19:09, followed by Felix Cantrell, who posted a time of 21:01 and placed 21st.
Next was Daniel Akers in 33rd place at 22:17.
Jackson Bull came in at 23:15, good for 41st place.
Rounding out the field for the Tigers was Kenneth Lang, who was 47th at 25:45.
“My boys all worked very hard to finish third as a team,”
Cook said. “With everyone back next season, I feel that we have an opportunity to advance to state as a team.”
The three Tiger runners who advanced to the state meet each earned individual medals.
The Class 1 state meet will be held this Saturday at the Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia.