Wells second in NCMC meet
FULTON -- Marshall senior Katie Wells has won a lot of gold medals during her cross country career, but a conference one has eluded her.
Hannibal senior Emma Burditt held off Wells and a strong field Saturday for her third title in the NCMC Championships. Burditt finished the Fulton course in 18:58.36 to beat Wells (20:00.82) by a minute and a half. The defending champion, Fulton sophomore Jenny McCarty, came in a distant third.
Junior Arozo Shahabzada (21:56) also medaled with a 12th-place finish, but the Lady Owls were fourth in the team standings with 90 points. Moberly knocked off 2009 champ Hannibal, 52 to 63 points.
Senior Stormy Morrison (22:50) placed 19th, but juniors Erika Espinoza (24:09) and Lauren McGrath (25:04) finished further back in the pack. Espinoza was suffering from stomach flu the day of the race and her doctor had released McGrath to run just the previous day after a nearly a two-week illness.
The Marshall boys came in sixth with 149 points -- Mexico taking the title 51-59 from Moberly, who got its third gold medal from senior Sam Dickerson (16:21) -- but senior Nick Jenkins (18:09) medaled by placing eighth.
Senior Jeremy Jalilvand (19:54) came in 21st while senior Adam Tucker (21:53), junior Micheal McNelly (22:10) and sophomore Tyler Whyte (22:38) placed between 38th and 42nd.
The Owls will be back in action Thursday in the Richmond Invitational.