Cross country team off to solid start this fall

Photo courtesy Marc Fisher
Pictured above are the members of the 2017 Lebanon cross country team.


The Lebanon cross country team is coming off a pair of solid performances in recent days as the Yellowjackets competed at the Forest Park Cross Country Festival on Saturday in St. Louis and hosted a home meet on Monday at Richardson Ranch.

On Monday, Lebanon had all seven of their girl runners finish in the top 30 with Abby O’Connor finishing third with a time of 21:11, Nevaeh Page placed sixth with a time of 21:58, Alexis McGhee finished in 14th place, Rae White 19th, Macie Fisher 20th, Kaia Cobleigh 21st and Tyra Rogers rounded out the group in 24th.

“All of these girls really stepped up and made this an exciting race to watch,” head coach Teresa Moore said. “Having all seven runners place in the top 30 is awesome, especially since we are such a young team. It really says a lot about how much time and effort they put in each and everyday.”

In the varsity boys race on Monday, Lebanon was led by sophomore Zach Jamieson who finished third with a time of 17:44 and Brayden Simpson finished 13th, running a time of 19:09.

Also medaling for the boys were soccer players Manny Del-Rio Vasquez (21st) and Angel Pedroza (22nd). Dylan Krisher round out the ‘Jackets medalists finishing 28th.

“I am really proud of the boys that are doing two ports and producing positive results for both,” Moore said. “Our program owes a huge thank you to Coach Jernigan (Lebanon soccer coach) for sharing these young men with the cross country team as they are a huge help in our team scoring.” 

In the JV boys race Dillon Hollinger placed 8th, Dylan Church placed 11th and Alessandro Rosati placed 13th. In the JV girls race medalists were Alisa Rosen in 9th, Wiem Saadi in 17th, Jenna Williams in 18th and Hope Lemons in 29th.

Over the weekend, Moore said that the event in St. Louis is so big that they break the field down into three divisions as Lebanon competed in the Gold division.

Lebanon finished the day with four medalists.

On the girls side, Lebanon started the day off right with O'Connor finishing in 9th place and Page finishing in 21st.

“These two (Abby and Nevaeh) were fighting for those medals from start of the race till the end,” Moore said. “I was very proud of the way they competed. We have talked a lot this season about the difference in running a race and competing in a race and today they competed.”

Following Abby and Nevaeh were McGhee, Fisher, Rogers, White, Zephanie White, Cobleigh Jenna Williams, Saadi, and Rosen.

“Alexis and Tyra really stepped up their race and did what they needed to do for the team,” Moore said. “We finished 10th in the team results, but were tied in 9th after five scoring.

“This is a very young team and they are doing what needs to be done to have a great end of season.”

In the boys race, Jamieson finished in sixth place for LHS and Brayden Simpson placed 16th.

As a team, Lebanon finished 16th out of 27 teams, but were missing their No. 3, 4 and 5 runners over the weekend.

Lebanon will run again Thursday afternoon at the Willard Invitational.


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