The Melissa High School Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams competed Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Regional meet at Lynn Creek Park. Runners from each team will advance to State in Round Rock on Nov. 12.
The boys brought home the first Regional title in school history, proving that hard work, dedication, and hundreds of miles paid off. After finishing 2nd place last year, they had a score to settle. The entire team came to compete at Regionals as they finished strong from the 1st to the 7th place runner.
Elijah Mackey performed perfectly this year, finishing 1st in every race he ran, including adding a Regional title to his collection. Jackson Scribner finished in 7th, Zack Weaver in 14th, and the rest of the runners finished in great placement to bring home the win for the day.
Melissa’s 4th and 5th place runners, Blake Chaloupka and Jack Clemans, really made the difference as they passed numerous runners from the top teams in the last 3/4 of a mile to move the team to victory.
“These fine young men will continue to train as they look forward to a great State meet in Round Rock,” said Coach Kelley Pitzer. “As their coach, I cannot say how thrilled I am to be working with such a hard working group who has their eyes on the podium at State.”
The girls finished 9th as a team in a field of 24 at the Regional meet. Freshman Alison Kocsis finished 18th overall, qualifying her for the State meet on Nov. 12.
“The girls overcame many challenges late in the season to accomplish what they did,” said Coach Clay McCarter. “Some late season injuries as well as busy extracurricular and team schedules made things difficult, but in spite of all of the adversity, almost every girl on the team ran a season or personal best time.”
Runners’ times for the girls included: Allison Kocsis, 12:11; Skyla Mackey, 12:58; Grace Tegerdine, 13:11; Erin Eichel, 13:28; Genevieve Stopinski, 13:41; and Camille Bogdan, 13:50. Allie Graham also competed, but was unable to finish due to a hamstring injury sustained during the race.
“The bright spot was how much the girls were looking ahead to next season with already a mindset of growth and improvement, not negativity and defeat,” Coach McCarter added. “It was a great season. We are very much excited about Alison’s prospects at the state meet, and next year’s season, as every member of the team will return. Thank you to all the parents, administrators, and students for making this a great season!”
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