Cross Country

Claiborne races to win at home meet

Posted 10/7/21

Wyatt Claiborne has had a breakout season in his sophomore campaign for Warrenton.

At Friday’s Mike Spoede Invitational held at Warrenton High School, he starred once again.

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Claiborne races to win at home meet

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Wyatt Claiborne has had a breakout season in his sophomore campaign for Warrenton.

At Friday’s Mike Spoede Invitational held at Warrenton High School, he starred once again.

Claiborne won the boys race in 17 minutes, 33 seconds. Orchard Farm senior Thomas Dulle took second in 17:54.

“Wyatt has had a phenomenal season so far,” Warrenton coach Jeremy Collins said. “The difference this year is he came into the season prepared by running almost 300 miles over the summer. Also, having a year of experience where he learned how to race 5,000 meters. He also is running the intervals really well and he is taking the easy days easy as last year he was running hard on the easy days."

Claiborne’s performance was the best of any area runner and led the Warrenton boys to a fourth-place team finish.

Other Warriors participating were Coalton Hill (17th, 19:45), Phoenix McCleary (18th, 19:54), Mark Thomas Diller (22nd, 20:14), Zach Bristol (23rd, 20:17), Noah Cline (27th, 21:10) and Jacob Beckemeyer (32nd, 21:47).

Wright City senior Trent Bruning placed fifth in 18:29. Teammate Jackson Mazella finished 39th in 24:46.

In the girls race, Wright City senior Zoe Riggs had the best finish of area runners, placing fourth in 20:36. Aireona Hagan was the lone other Wildcat runner finishing 22nd in 23:47.

For Warrenton, junior Maddie Marschel placed 20th in 23:15 and sophomore teammate Camryn Petersmeyer followed in 21st in 23:37. Also running for the Warriors were Bayley Pelker (36th, 25:49), Briana Grooms (37th, 25:57), Dacey Woodruff (39th, 27:11) and Emma Brengle (41st, 28:38.

Collins continues to be proud of his squad as multiple runners set personal records at the home meet.

“This has been a great season so far,” he said. “They have been working really hard and they have developed a great attitude. I would not be surprised if they continue to get season best and personal best.”

St. Dominic won the boys team title with 53 points. Holt was second with 59 points and Orchard Farm was third with 73.

Holt sophomore Kayley Russell claimed the girls individual title in 18:35. Francis Howell Central won the team title with 38 points, two ahead of runner-up Holt.

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