Four Owls medal at Clinton meet

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
All three Lady Owls entered in the varsity race at the Clinton Invitational medaled, including junior Erika Espinoza in 13th place. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

CLINTON -- Teammates come and go, but Marshall senior Katie Wells keeps chugging along.

Wells won her sixth straight victory in a cross country meet Saturday at the Clinton Invitational, cutting seven seconds off her second-place time on the course a year ago with a 20:45.

The Lady Owls also saw two other runners win medals, junior Erika Espinoza (24:18) in 13th place and junior Arozo Shahabzada (24:36) 16th. Unfortunately, Marshall's two other varsity regulars were unavailable due to illness and a schedule conflict.

The MHS boys have gone five straight meets without a full varsity line-up, with only two entries at Clinton. Senior Nick Jenkins (19:11) finished 18th to medal and junior Micheal McNelly (22:08) placed 59th. Clinton junior Matt Knott (17:56) won the race.

All three of the Lady Owls' junior varsity runners medaled in a small field, with sophomore Kali Stark (28:18) winning. Sophomore Tyler Whyte (22:51) was ninth and senior Adam Tucker (22:52) 10th among Marshall's JV boys.

The Owls are entering the stretch run of the season, which begins Saturday with the NCMC Championships at Fulton.

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