JEFFERSON CITY — East Newton was definitely well-represented in Class 3 in the MSHSAA state cross country championships Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City.

The boys qualified their entire squad after winning a district title and the girls had seniors Kinsey Sorrell and Kaylee Rader qualify after each finished in the top 15 at districts.

On the girls side Saturday, Sorrell — a four-time state qualifier — finished 17th place overall with a time of 20 minutes, 14.64 seconds. In the race overall, it was two freshmen who established the pace in John Burroughs’ Kylie Goldfarb and Christian’s Mercedes Schroer, who ran 19:00.54 and 19:29.34, respectively, Goldfarb at an even faster pace than Schroer.

Rader, meanwhile, finished 65th in 21:27.27.

Other finishers of interest were Cassville freshman Brylee Wilson 19th in 20:16.52 and Carl Junction senior Madison Beecher in 30th in 20:42.39 to lead a Lady Bulldogs squad that finished fourth overall in the team standings with 163 points. Festus took the title with 108 points.

John Burroughs finished 11th as a team despite having the state individual champion.

The East Newton boys finished 11th with 281 points, well over 200 behind team state champion Festus, who tallied 55 points, 27 lower than second place Warrensburg.

East Newton senior Caleb Jackson led the way for the Patriots in 66th in 17:54.72, while sophomore Jacob Bennion finished 68th in 17:55.61, senior Layton Earll 89th in 18:09.94, junior Dylan Jackson 102nd in 17:42.13, senior Blaine Carter 136th in 18:58.90, and senior Sam Hansen 139th in 19:01.74.

Back to Sorrell, a four-sport standout for the Lady Patriots with center fielder in softball, point guard in basketball, and state champion in track in her dossier.

Sorrell finished 23rd as a junior in 19:58.78 and Marshfield’s Tabitha Weber won that race in 18:59.92.

Sorrell placed 21st as a sophomore in 20:09.46 and Ste. Genevieve’s Taylor Werner won that race in 17:14.22, by over a full minute ahead of her competition. (Werner earned NCAA All-American honors as a freshman in 2016, becoming the sixth Razorback to accomplish such a feat.)

As a freshman, Sorrell joined her older sister Emily in the top 10, placing ninth in 19:32.66, her best time of the four years she qualified for state.
Sorrell and Rader were both on the East Newton team that qualified when they were freshmen. The Lady Patriots finished sixth overall in the team standings that season.

— Diamond juniors Ellie Hall and Lauryn Macy represented the Lady Wildcats in the Class 2 race.

Hall, who finished second at districts last week, finished 45th on Saturday with a time of 22:00.81, while Macy finished 83rd in 22:57.55.

Fatima senior Brianna Haller won the individual title with a time of 18:50.44, the only sub-19 time in the field. Meanwhile, Fatima cruised in the team sweepstakes, paced by three of the top five point finishers, with its 45 points 50 better than second place Holden.

On the boys side, Lamar — also featuring three of the top five point finishers — won the crown with 48 points, with Fatima second with 61 and Stockton a distant third with 129.

Mark Venable placed fourth in 17:04.20, Kolin Overstreet fifth in 17:09.87, Garrett Morey ninth in 17:18.77, and Ethan Pittsenbarger 16th in 17:32.23.

Lamar repeated as team state champions.