High school roundup: Jackson runners sweep SEMO Conference cross country meet

Friday, October 12, 2012
Cape Central's Bill Leighton reacts to his time as he crosses the finish line at the SEMO Conference Cross Country Meet Thursday, October 11, at Notre Dame Regional High School. Leighton won the race with a time of 15:43:51. (ADAM VOGLER)

The Jackson cross country teams swept the SEMO Conference meet titles at Notre Dame on Thursday.

"We felt a little bit lucky but proud of them," said Jackson coach Andrea Talley, who said her varsity teams weren't at full strength.

The Indians also claimed both junior varsity and both junior high team titles.

"It was kind of sweet to win all six today," Talley said.

Central senior Billy Leighton ran away from all of his competitors to claim the boys individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 43.51 seconds, which was less than five seconds off the course record.

Central’s Bill Leighton reacts to his time as he crosses the finish line at the SEMO Conference cross country meet Thursday at Notre Dame. Leighton won the race with a time of 15 minutes, 43:51 seconds. (ADAM VOGLER)

The second-place finisher, Poplar Bluff's Bailey Davidson, finished in 16:36.94.

Jackson had three runners place in the top 10, which earned them all-conference honors. Nate Martin came in fourth, Gabe Underwood fifth and Noah Weatherby finished ninth.

Notre Dame also had three runners earn all-conference honors. Cole Ross finished sixth, Jacob Meadors seventh and Michael Peters came in 10th.

The Bulldogs were without top runner Michael Nelson, who missed the race with illness.

Jackson freshman Chelsea Drum won the girls individual title ahead of Notre Dame senior Breanna Conklin.

"We wanted her to go out with Breanna," Talley said. "I told her to go out and hold on."

Drum finished in 18:39.95, while Conklin came in second at 19:20.43.

"She's been brought along pretty slowly," Talley said about Drum. "She doesn't run high mileage or anything."

Three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior combined to win the team title for Jackson.

Drum, sophomore Tayler Winick and senior Zhao Ni Dirnberger earned all-conference honors for the Indians.

Notre Dame's Conklin, Ali Norder and Adilyn Mueller, and Central's Maddy McDonald and Haley White also recorded all-conference finishes.


Team standings -- 1. Jackson 43, 2. Notre Dame 48, 3. Poplar Bluff 52, 4. Central 87, 5. Dexter 154

Jackson -- 4. Nate Martin 16:42.54, 5. Gabe Underwood 16:43.34, 9. Noah Weatherby 17:00.25, 11. Matt Gibson 15:05.26, 14. Jack Jeffers 17:16.89

Notre Dame -- 6. Cole Ross 16:49.62, 7. Jacob Meadors 16:50.38, 10. Michael Peters 17:03.27, 12. Brock Kasten 17:06.23, 13. Jacob Cieslewicz 17:08.80

Central -- 1. Billy Leighton 15:43.51, 17. Logan Wright 17:34.85, 22. Hezekiah Wood 18:09.30, 25. Riley Duncan 18:19.04, 27. Clayton Monia 19:02.68


Team standings -- 1. Jackson 41, 2. Notre Dame 47, Poplar Bluff 62, Central 69

Jackson -- 1. Chelsea Drum 18:39.95, 6. Tayler Winick 20:38. 63, 7. Zhao Ni Dirnberger 20:41.65, 11. Carli Knott 21:02.82, 16. Leah Hecht 21:30.07

Notre Dame -- 2. Breanna Conklin 19:20.43, 5. Ali Norder 20:16.97, 9. Adilyn Mueller 20:58.15, 13. Jordan Meadors 21:21.90, 18. Rachel Hearnes 21:38.05.

Central -- 4. Maddy McDonald 20:12.31, 8. Haley White 20:48.52, 14. Bridget Trepasso 21:24.64, 22. Emily Weisenberger 23:04.39, 26. Chleo LeGrand 24:04.21.


Perryville 3, Fox 1

Austin Roth and Nick Pingel scored for the Pirates (12-3-1).

Kyle Thieret and Nate Kinnison each had an assist.

Luke Dobbelare recorded four saves in goal.

Notre Dame 7, Saxony Lutheran 1

The Bulldogs improved to 13-4 with the road victory.

Caleb McMillan had two goals and an assist for Notre Dame. Logan Buchheit and Luke Mocherman each had one goal and one assist. Matthew Parsons, Ben Dohogne and Brock Hammers all had a goal, while Benjamin Parsons and Riley Bauer both recorded an assist.

Logan Sprandel scored the goal for Saxony.


MVC tournament

Leopold and host Oak Ridge advanced to tonight's championship of the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament.

Leopold (21-3-1) defeated Meadow Heights 25-13, 25-5 in a semifinal contest.

Caitlin Petty had eight kills and seven assists for the Wildcats. Alli Woodfin had seven kills, eight digs and three aces, while Denai Arnzen added six kills and seven digs. Sydney Eeftink had 14 assists.

Oak Ridge (10-18-1) beat Marquand 14-25, 25-15, 25-18 in the quarterfinals before besting Greenville 25-10, 10-25, 25-21 in the semifinals.

McKenzie Elam had 11 kills in the Blue Jays' win against Greenville. Emma Hemmann added nine kills, and Chelsea Seyer had 21 assists.

Meadow Heights beat Zalma 25-7, 25-14 in the quarterfinals.

Notre Dame25 25 Festus23 16

Setter Taylor Ward led Notre Dame (23-1-) with 24 assists, eight digs and 18 service points, including two aces.

Miranda Fowler had 12 kills, and Kelsey Luster and Myriah Bernard had five kills each.

JV -- Notre Dame won.

Jackson 21 21 Saxony Lutheran 25 25

Hailey Mouser had seven kills, seven digs and two blocks for Jackson (10-14-2).

Melinna Craft had seven kills, and Chelsea Fowler added 12 assists and three aces.

JV -- Saxony won 25-22, 25-15.

Advance 25 25 Puxico 14 20

The Hornets advanced to face Bernie in the championship of the SCAA tournament.

Liza Gray had 10 kills for Advance (24-3). Aimie Simmers added six kills and four blocks, while Haley Kinnison had eight kills.

The title game will be at 8 p.m. tonight in Dexter, Mo.

-- From staff reports

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