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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Sorrell, Hatfield capture state medals

  • East Newton freshman runner Emily Sorrell proved on Saturday why she’s to be reckoned with by the competition for the next three years as the freshman burned up the course and brought home an 11th place medal at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center.
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  • East Newton freshman runner Emily Sorrell proved on Saturday why she’s to be reckoned with by the competition for the next three years as the freshman burned up the course and brought home an 11th place medal at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center.
    Sorrell’s 11th place finish was the highest of all local competitors, and fell right in line with where coach Jake Holt felt she could finish.
    “I told her coming in that I thought she could be anywhere from 10th to 15th,” Holt said. “She had a gameplan coming in and did a good job of executing and listened. She fell back to 13th or 14th and finished strong.
    The remainder of the Lady Patriots helped the team take 15th overall with a score of 356 and a total time of 2:10:16.79. Other competitors for the Lady Patriots were: 111th place, Abby Burris 24:08.90; 131, Caitlin Mann 24:55.63; 140, Dana Palmer 26:01; 155, Dusti Nabors 34:14.49.
    The Patriots had one boy in the competition as well as sophomore Owen Bennion finished 129th in 19:51.60.
    “I felt the team kind of performed the way I expected them to,” Holt said. “I thought they performed well, up to expectations. We missed a lot of training time this year due to injuries. We have a lot of help coming from the junior high and we look forward to our chances to get a trophy next year.”
    Hatfield medals for Indians
    Running alongside Sorrell was fellow Big 8 Conference underclassman Meghan Hatfield, who also medaled with an impressive 15th place performance in a time of 20:58.50. Hatfield’s run proved the competition between her and Sorrell should continue to grow throughout the Big 8 season next year.
    Joining Hatfield at the state meet was teammate Lori Trone, who brought home 101st in 23:41.23. The boys were represented by Shane Murphy, who finished 79th in 18:47.96.
    Mixed results
    For the most part the McDonald County Mustangs finished at or near where they were seeded coming into Saturday as the boys brought home an overall 10th place finish while the girls took 13th. The disappointment felt by both teams after the event was partly a result of not meeting their expectations.
    “We were pleased with the girls, but thought we fell a little short on the boys’ side,” Mustangs coach Darbi Stancell said. “Connor Underwood ran real strong and had his best race of the season, but I thought Caleb (Littlefield) was disappointed in his finish. The boys were solid, but I think they ran better last week. We’re still happy with the successful season.”
    The aforementioned Littlefield, a senior, missed all-state honors by finishing in 37th place in 17:34.97. Meanwhile, the sophomore Underwood took 51st in 17:54.81 in his best performance of the season. Other results for the Mustangs’ were: 86, Connor Hackworth 18:26.43; 117, Randall Buckner 19:00.97; 122, Wade Schmit 19:04.22; 133, James Walker 19:26.71; 147, Jacob Walker 19:47.24.
    Page 2 of 2 - As a team, the Mustangs scored a total of 249 and finished with a total time of 1:32:01.40.
    The young Lady Mustangs team was led with a 63rd place finish by sophomore Faith Owens in 21:25.14. Freshman Emily High was 78th in 21:45.50 and classmates Kyle Littlefield finished 121st in 22:40.75 and Dakota Bunch took 130th in 23:03.15.
    Sophomore Yessy Dominguez crossed the finish line in 112th with a time of 22:27.96 and classmate Cendy Garcia finished a spot ahead of senior teammate Makala Stephens in 24:26.13, while Stephens finished in 24:27.88.
    “Really, I think the most exciting thing about the girls was they didn’t think the course was that bad, and they are already looking forward to next year. The girls finished with their heads high. The young girls on the team will miss the leadership of Makayla.”
    Diamond Wildcats show well
    The Diamond Wildcats saw both of their runners turn give maximum effort against a tough field.
    Representing the boys was sophomore Janzen White, who turned in a 65th place time of 18:36.50, just one spot ahead of Spring River Valley Conference foe Ryan Beaver of College Heights.
    Juinor Cady Littlefield was the lone girls representative for Diamond. She brought home 117th with a run of 24:13.73.
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