During a send-off event last Friday for cross country state meet qualifier Hunter McKinney, center, teammates Jordyn Lay, left, and Zach Brannan hold a sign wishing the HHS sophomore well in the Class 2 boys race.
Houston cross country coach Michelle Henshaw smiles to the crowd as she drives a school-owned vehicle along Ozark Street as students and faculty participate in a send-off event for sophomore Hunter McKinney last Friday, the day before he ran in the Class 2 boys race at the state championship cross country meet in Columbia.
Houston High School sophomore Hunter McKinney placed 108th in a field of 173 runners in the Class 2 boys race at the state championship cross country meet Saturday at the Gans Creek Recreation Area in Columbia.
McKinney’s time on the newly constructed 3.1-mile course was a personal record 18:23.6. Winning the race was Daelen Ackley of El Dorado Springs at 15:39.0, while Malik Stewart of Maplewood was second at 16:01.1 and Sam Shuman of Spokane finished third at 16:06.3.
Fatima took the Class 2 team title with a score of 77, with runners placing 5th, 7th, 17th, 18th and 30th. Steelville was second, while the rest of the top-5 included East Newton, Hermann and El Dorado Springs.
Plato sophomore David Held placed 13th in a field of 171 runners in the Class 1 boys race with a time of 17:28.6.
Complete results from boys and girls races in all classes at the meet are available on the Missouri State High School Activities Association website at mshsaa.org.
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