The Cuba Middle School girls finished in sixth place among teams running in the Belle Invitational cross country meet on September 26. The Lady Wildcats had 10 runners in the competition, and their best finish came from Kaylee Fulliam, who took ninth place overall in a time of 14:08.90.
Lewis and Clark Middle School won the junior high girls meet, followed by Steelville in second, New Haven in third place, Chamois fourth, and Owensville in fifth place. There were 10 schools that fielded teams in the girls race.
Fulliam was the only CMS girl to finish among the top 10 in the 2500 meters race. Nataleigh Herr took 27th in 15:22.40, Theadora Sharp was 37th in 15:48.30, Bailey Godat took 40th place in 16:00.90, Morgan Pilkenton ran 45th in a time of 16:25, Annia Viramontes was 58th in 17:32.60, Olivia Sedlak went 69th in 19:08.40, Faith Hana took 72nd place in 19:17.90, Neela Bast was 78th in 20:42, and Isabella Silva finished 84th in 23:03.50.
Two Wildcat boys ran for the middle school team: Nathaniel Hess took 57th place in the 2500 meters in 16:01.10 and Sam Leonard was 72nd in 17:07.60.
Melayna Brown led the varsity Lady Cats in the high school division. The CHS sophomore took third overall in the 5,000 meters race in a time of 23:22.10.
Cadance Silva was 23rd for CHS in 30:37.30 and Kaitlin Miller took 29th in 37:46.40.
Logan Ray finished in the top 10 for the Wildcat boys. Ray was 7th overall in the varsity boys race in 18:55.10.
Sophomore Dustin Henke took 12th place that day in 19:40.80, freshman Kyle Ray was 27th in 21:38.30, and sophomore Gabe Hutchcraft placed 38th in 25:04.
“It was a great day for a meet that day,” said Cross Country Coach Matt Jayne. “The weather cooperated, and it wasn’t very hot. We did have to fight some daylight during the last race of the evening, but we were able to get it in before it got too dark.”
Coach Jayne expressed his pride in the middle school runners, who were running 2 miles for only the second time this year, instead of the more typical 1.5 mile courses. Jayne also said the varsity “did a good job of competing in a very competitive group of runners. We continue to see times get lower, which is nice to see.”