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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond had a pair of seniors place in the top 40 at the MSHSAA cross country championships held on a near-perfect day for running Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. Both seniors closed out their high school cross country careers with their best times at the state meet with Matt Tweedie finishing 31st, while Mary Beth Bailey took 39th spot.
Richmond Coach Brandon Quick said both were keys to a successful cross country season.
“The leadership provided by Mary Beth and Matt made a lot of this possible,” he said. “They led by example and encouraged their teammates to always strive for more.”
Tweedie’s time of 17 minutes, 45.79 seconds was his personal best at state, which surpassed his previous mark of 18:09.66 when he placed 26th as a sophomore. Tweedie had the highest finish of any local runner. Lamar junior Kaden Overstreet took first place with a time of 16:35.22 with Nate Gelber, a Whitfield junior, finishing as the runner-up in 16:43.36.
Bailey, who finished 60th as a junior and 85th as a sophomore, placed 39th Saturday with her best state time of 21:45.39. The winning time of 19:24.98 was turned in my Courtney Rogers, a sophomore from Lutheran of St. Peters, followed by Stockton senior Alexis Smith in 20:11.
Richmond freshman Jocelyn Caldwell took 70th in her first state run. Caldwell crossed the line with a time of 22:33.22.
The Spartans placed 14th in the team competition. Richmond ended the day with 333 points, followed by Lawson with 341 and Principia with 354. Fatima captured the team title with 73 points, while Stockton was a distant second with 130 points, followed by Arcadia Valley with 146 and Springfield Catholic with 159.