Webb City girls state cross country meet competitors and coaches.

Both cross country teams
run well at state meet

Abi Street with coach Miller.

Riley Hawkins with coach Miller.

Cross country girls finish sixth

The Webb City girls cross country team achieved sixth place – its highest placement ever – Saturday at the state Class 4 state championship at Columbia.

“It’s the first time as a program we have competed to the best of our ability on the biggest stage,” said coach Dustin Miller.

Junior Abi Street lead the team, finishing fifth individually with a time of 18:44.60. She became Webb City’s first female all-state cross country athlete since 2003. 

Senior Riley Hawkins came in eighth to also be an all-state athlete. Other teammates in the race were senior Alanna Bundy, 40th; junior Isabelle Lopez, 102nd; sophomore Emily Countryman, 108th; senior Lauren Kuechler, 131st, and senior Elliett Capron, 142nd.

Street took the lead late in the race, giving herself a shot to win. Even though she didn’t, she improving her own school record.

“This group has competed well all season long,” said Miller. “I’m really proud of the way the girls came together as a team and competed for each other.”

Roman Borboa and Dustin Brockmiller honored with the other all-state runners.

Boys come close to being on the podium

The Webb City boys had a solid day, finishing fifth, just 12 points from fourth place (and receiving medals on the podium) and 23 points from second place. 

“We knew it was going to be close, and we just didn’t do enough to get on the podium,” said coach Dustin Miller.

Seniors Dustin Brockmiller and Roman Borboa were both all-state athletes. Brockmiller finished 17th place, with a time of 16:04.50, and Borboa came in less than two seconds behind to finish 19th. They now rank numbers fourth and fifth on the school’s all-time list. 

Othere teammates were sophomore Evan Stevens, 36th; senior Jose Antillon, 91st; senior Blake Vaughan, 92nd; sophomore Samuel Weller, 105th, and sophomore Mason Hedger, 106th.

Miller said this year’s team has exemplified the 2021 motto, “Whatever it takes, to be the best they can be. They worked extremely hard to be their best. Unfortunately they came up just short in the post season,” fifth in Central Ozark Conference (12 points from second), second in districts to state runner up Willard (4 points from the win), and fifth at state.

“Overall, this year was a joy to coach,” said Miller. “Every group is special, but these teams will always have a special place in my heart.”

Gilbert and Hawkins on all-state softball team

Webb City softball coach Shauna Friend calls our attention to more post-season honors for senior Cardinals Kaylyn Gilbert and Peyton Hawkins.

Gilbert was selected as a catcher, and Hawkins was picked as an infielder on the Class 4 All-State Softball first team.

The only other Class 4 All-Staters from southwest Missouri are (first team) Madeline McCall, pitcher, McDonald County; Sierra Dailey, infielder, Branson; Lili Graue, outfielder, Neosho; (second team) Peyton Eaton, pitcher, Nevada, and Bailey Ast, infielder, Nevada.