MARYVILLE, Mo. — As Maryville High School cross country coach Rodney Bade prepared for the upcoming season, he knew his boys squad had the potential to record a perfect score. He just didn’t expect it to happen this soon.
On a sunny 81-degree day at Donaldson-Westside Park, the Spoofhound boys team of junior Garrett Dumke, sophomore Jag Galapin, seniors Chase Sims and Zach Kizer, and sophomore Cale Sterling finished first through fifth, respectively, to clinch the team victory by 42 points.
“That doesn’t happen very often,” Bade said. “I kind of thought sometime this season we would have a chance to do that. I didn’t necessarily know it was going to be today (Sept. 3) but it’s a great sign of where we’re at.”
Dumke led the way for the Hounds and the meet as he finished first overall in the 5K race with a time of 18:30.98. Galapin finished his race 33 seconds after the junior as he clocked in with a time of 19:03.27.
“I wasn’t sure how the course was going to be since it changed from last year,” junior Garrett Dumke said. “Considering the heat and how humid it was, I just wanted to go out and just run a good time because I wasn’t sure what to run.”
The rest of Maryville's team would all complete the race before the 20-minute mark with Sims registering 19:18.75, Kizer finished at 19:44.85 and Sterling closed up shop with a final time of 19:49.74.
“All summer we’ve been really close to each other,” Dumke said. “This first meet was to pretty much see how everything was … I’m really proud of this team. We expect high placements every year. We have one of the best teams to ever come through Maryville for cross country so I expect us to do some great things.”
For the girls team, the Spoofhounds’ first finisher, senior Laura Feuerbacher, finished fifth with a time of 23:23.49. Because the four runners ahead of Laura Feuerbacher were not competing in team competition, the Maryville senior collected the first place points for the team standings. Fellow senior Piper Zarbano clocked in at 24:27.26, good enough for ninth in the race, but fourth in team standings.
Zarbano was followed by a trio of Hounds that finished around the same time. Freshman Gracen Arnold, senior Amy Feuerbacher and sophomore Brooklyn Holtman finished at 25:15.06, 25:38.89 and 25:52.40, respectively.
The Hounds had five runners receive team points and finish in the top 15 of the race. Nevertheless, Chillicothe edged Maryville by three points to claim the match win. The Hornets’ average time was less than a second faster than the Spoofhounds.
“I think it’s a great indication of how motivated she (Laura Feuerbacher) is to have a good senior season,” Bade said. “… I thought they ran a really good team race too. I really thought we won it, but it's just the way it falls.”
Both Maryville cross country teams will be back in action Sept. 14 when it travels to the Raymore-Peculiar Cross Country Course to take on the Panthers.