Spears Runs Solid Race

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

Gar­rett Spears came up a few sec­onds and a few paces short of qual­i­fy­ing to the Mis­souri Class 4 Cross Coun­try State Cham­pi­onships.

Spears, a ju­nior at MCHS, fin­ished in 49th place at the Mis­souri Class 4 Cross Coun­try Sec­tional Cham­pi­onships held on Oct. 27 at Nixa High School, miss­ing a top-30 qual­i­fy­ing spot by about 30 sec­onds.

Spears fin­ished the 3.1-mile course in 49th place in a time of 17:38.

“Gar­rett ran a very de­ter­mined race,” said coach Rus­tan Crock­ett. “The course was a bit soft and it was warm, so a lot of the guys were a lit­tle slower. Gar­rett fin­ished higher than he was ranked. He had a great mind­set go­ing in and ran very well. I was re­ally proud of him. He ran over a minute faster than his per­sonal record from last year, which is im­pres­sive. I credit that to his hard work and miles he’s put in dur­ing the off­sea­son and this spring in track. He now has the 14th fastest time in McDon­ald County his­tory.”

Clay­ton White­head of Carthage won the race in a time of 15:36, nearly 30 sec­onds ahead of se­cond place Jimmy Di­et­rich of Lee’s Sum­mit West.

West Plains won the team ti­tle, with Ray­more-Pe­cu­liar in se­cond.

“I think mak­ing it to sec­tion­als was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for Gar­rett,” Crock­ett said. “Af­ter coming up a lit­tle short for qual­i­fy­ing for state but see­ing how close he was, Gar­rett will push hard to make it a re­al­ity next year. I am al­ready ex­cited for him and for all of our ath­letes.”

RICK PECK/ SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County ju­nior Gar­rett Spears fin­ished in 49th place at the Mis­souri Class 4 Cross Coun­try Sec­tional 3 Cham­pi­onships held Oct. 27 at Nixa High School. Spears earned a trip to the sec­tional race with a 29th place fin­ish at dis­tricts (pic­tured above).

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