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Forest Park XC Festival yields strong showing for local runners

By: Warren Mayes


Eureka’s Hannah Long won the Green Division of the ninth annual Forest Park XC Festival.

Long, a senior, raced the 5-kilometer course at Forest Park in 17 minutes, 7.7 seconds for a personal best time. It was her first win in the race since she was a freshman. Long finished second the last two years to Ste. Genevieve junior Taylor Werner.

Wildcats coach Kally Fischer expected her star runner to do well despite a strong field with more than 200 runners and 40 schools competing.

“She’s been exceptional,” Fischer said. “She opened up the season with a full 2-mile run in 10:37 on grass. She’s simply amazing as always.”

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Lafayette finished second as a team in the Green Division. The Lancers recorded 172 points to come in behind the 155 points scored by St. Thomas Aquinas, of Overland Park, Kansas.

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Westminster Christian Academy junior Andrew Murray won first place, competing in the White Division. He raced the 5-kilometer course at Forest Park and ended with a time of 16 minutes, 42 seconds.

It was a big win, Coach Jennifer Meyer said.

“Andrew and all of us were thrilled to see the WCA stripes cross the line first,” Meyer said. “This is definitely the biggest race he has ever won.”

 

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