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SLUH XC Takes 2nd At State!
SLUH XC Takes 2nd At State!

Alongside 100 other teams who took to the start line at one of eight District meets two weeks ago, SLUH emerged from the State series standing taller than all but one. After a three year drought without a top-four trophy at State, SLUH returned to the podium for the final State meet to be contested at the legendary Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City. Scoring 110 points on Saturday, our sixth lowest point total ever at State, SLUH placed second overall behind Rockhurst's 72 point score. We have actually won team championships at State with higher point totals (112 and 113), but Rockhurst ran a wildly impressive race to leave no doubt about the strongest team on Saturday.

It was a total team effort on a soft and muddy day where quick times took a backseat to the ferocity and intensity of the competition. A trio of our athletes finished with All-State honors, a number equal to the highest number of such finishes we have ever had. Not far behind those three was a next group of three, solidifying our second place overall finish. If you look at the mile by mile splits and team scores, you'll notice two things: a) we were solidly in second place at every checkpoint, and b) our pack moved up through the race in the second mile to distance ourselves from any additional challengers.

Thanks to all the team and family members who came to Jeff City to cheer on the guys and celebrate this magnificent accomplishment for the program. All 86 team members should be utterly proud about what they were able to accomplish this season. What we do is not easy, by any standards, and we were able to achieve great things and have a lot of fun throughout the season.

Click here for complete race results at State and mile-by-mile splits (SLUH is Class 4). Click here for a photo album of the day. Thanks again to Mr. Hetlage for sharing his fantastic photographs! I will add other photos to this album if and when they are made available to me.

SLUH Individual Results:
7. Lucas Rackers, junior, 16:25.15 (All-State medalist)
24. Noah Scott, junior, 16:41.79 (All-State medalist)
25. Patrick Hetlage, senior, 16:43.36 (All-State medalist)
42. Chris Staley, senior, 17:03.14
47. Adam Mittendorf, junior, 17:08.39
53. Reed Milnor, senior, 17:12.99
102. Joe Callahan, junior, 17:36.54

Team Results:
1. Rockhurst, 72 (State Champions)
2. SLUH, 110 (State Runner-Up)
3. Staley, 140 (State Trophy)
4. Lafayette, 148 (State Trophy)
5. Kirkwood, 166
6. Lee's Summit West, 173
7. Jefferson City, 184
8. Liberty, 204
9. Raymore-Peculiar, 212
10. Marquette, 226
11. West Plains, 261
12. Central (St. Joseph), 295
13. Hickman, 301
14. Branson, 318
15. Rock Bridge, 322
16. Parkway Central, 404

State Results: 5k Finish | 1 Mile Split | 2 Mile Split | 3 Mile Split
State Split Sheet: Here
State Photographs: Here