MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville High School cross country teams participated in the MEC Championship meet in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday.
The Spoofhounds were able to capture first place on the boys’ side and gather a fourth-place finish for the girls at the St. Pius X Athletic Complex.
For the boys, junior Garrett Dumke recorded a first-place time of 18:16.3 while fellow teammate Jag Galapin claimed fourth place with a time of 18:59.9.
“I was nervous going into it,” Dumke said. “The course itself was cool but it was the first time anyone has run this course. It was new and we had to learn everything but overall it was pretty good.”
Sophomore Cale Sterling and senior Chase Sims both came in under the 20-minute mark with times of 19:20.1 and 19:50.3, respectively, and senior Zachary Kizer finished 14th overall with a time of 20:47.3.
“It felt pretty good, I’m proud of our team,” Dumke said. “All of our boys medaled and we were going for the conference title two times in a row so it feels really good to accomplish that.”
The Spoofhounds finished with a 14 point lead to claim their second straight MEC title. Along with the title, the boys have won all but one of its meets.
“We’ve just had a great season, we really have,” coach Rodney Bade said. “We’ve won five out of six meets and the one meet we didn’t win was huge, it had almost 400 runners in it and we were up against huge schools.”
Senior Laura Feuerbacher finished eighth with a time of 23:17.4 in her final MEC race. Sophomore Brooklynn Holtman, senior Amy Feuerbacher and freshman Gracen Arnold finished in the top-20 with times of 23:58.8, 24:32.2 and 24:41.0.
Before the conference meet, the Spoofhounds participated in the Ron Landphair Cross Country Invitational in Mount Ayr, Iowa, Oct. 18. The boys team finished in first place by six points while the girls squad finished in second place.
Dumke once again took the top spot for the Hounds as he finished third with a time of 16:52.75. The top five runners for the boys team were able to come in under the 20-minute mark while finishing in the top 25.
The girls team had similar fortunes as its top five runners finished in the top 25. The Spoofhounds were able to keep all of its runners under 26 minutes. Laura Fuerbacher was the top finisher for the Spoofhounds’ girls team as she recorded a fourth-place finish with a time of 22:14.45.
Next up for Maryville is the district meets. Benton, Cameron, Chillicothe, Cristo Rey, Excelsior Springs, Lafayette, Lincoln College Prep, Northeast (Kansas City), Richmond, Savannah, Smithville and St. Pius X are all in the Spoofhounds district.
As the meet approaches, Bade said Smithville is going to be a tough team to beat.
“Smithville is a powerhouse school,” Bade said. “They always have a good cross country team. … We’re matched really well with them but what I saw today was there are other runners who are going to mix in between us. So it’s going to get complicated.”
“We have a huge district race,” Dumke said. “It’s going to be a great matchup between us and Smithville. It’s going to come down to less than five points. We’re really motivated to win that district title.”