Warrenton's Claiborne, Marschel qualify for state

Warrior runners to compete at state meet Friday

John Rohlf, Sports Editor
Posted 11/2/22

Wyatt Claiborne and Madelyn Marschel are returning to the Class 4 state cross country meet this week. 

Claiborne and Marschel both qualified for state after recording top-20 finishes at last …

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Warrenton's Claiborne, Marschel qualify for state

Warrior runners to compete at state meet Friday

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Wyatt Claiborne and Madelyn Marschel are returning to the Class 4 state cross country meet this week. 

Claiborne and Marschel both qualified for state after recording top-20 finishes at last week’s district meet at Parkway Central High School. 

A junior, Claiborne placed 16th in the boys race to qualify for state for the second consecutive year. He finished the 5,000 meter run in 17:54. A senior, Marschel placed 19th in the district competition to qualify for the state meet for the fourth time. She finished the 5,000 meter run in 21:47. 

Warrenton cross country coach Jeremy Collins said Marschel and Claiborne both ran with confidence. They both ran well in practice and had impressive interval workouts. 

“They both ran similar races,” Collins said. “They started the race really well and as the race went on, they moved up. Running in districts can be nerve-racking since it is a qualifying race, but they went out and competed and ran with toughness.” 

Claiborne and Marschel will both compete at the state competition Friday at Gans Creek in Columbia. Marschel will run at 11:15 a.m. Friday. Claiborne will run at 12 p.m. Friday. 

Collins said Claiborne and Marschel both want to run season and personal records at the state meet this week. Claiborne ran his personal record of 17:05 at the state meet last season. Marschel ran her personal record of 21:01 at the state meet her sophomore year. 

“They are capable of running personal records at state,” Collins said. “They know the course really well as Maddie has run it five times and Wyatt has run it three times. They are both talented runners and mentally tough runners. It is going to be exciting to see what they can do.” 

Multiple other Warrior runners also competed at the district competition last week. Phillip Kackley finished with the second best time among all Warrior runners. He finished the race in 19:34. 

“About halfway through the season, he found out he had been running with a stress fracture,” Collins said. “He was biking and doing other non-impact activities for five weeks. He came back and gave it a shot. For being out for five weeks, he really did have a great race.”

Senior Zachariah Bristol placed 66th and finished the race with a time of 19:57. 

“Zach had a great race on a tough course,” Collins said. “He really improved a lot this season and ended his senior year on a high note.” 

Sophomore Noah Cline ran the race in 20:11 and finished in 71st place. Sophomore Jacob Beckemeyer finished the race in 21:08. Nathaniel Donovan and Bryant Watkins both ran the race in just over 22 minutes. Donovan finished the race in 22:02. Watkins ran a time of 22:08.

Briana Grooms finished with the second best time among all Lady Warrior runners. She placed 80th and finished the race in 25:43. Taryn Sharp and Abigail Palmer also competed for the Lady Warriors. Sharp finished with a time of 29:23. Palmer finished the race in 31:05. 

“The girls had a great race and a great season,” Collins said. “We have had a lot of injuries on the girls’ side this year. It is tough to get in a rhythm as the season goes on. They are a tough group and they go out and compete even when they are not 100%.”

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