Wells second in NCMC meet

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Marshall junior Arozo Shahabzada earned her third all-NCMC medal by finishing 12th in Saturday's meet. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

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.

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  • Maybe if the Hannibal runners had better sportsman ship and not pushed Samantha Wells down causing the race to be restarted Katie's mind would have been more focused. Glad our Marshall runners have better sportsman ship. Everyone keep up the great work!

    -- Posted by stacyTX on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 5:16 PM
  • stacyTX I was at the meet and I asked my athletes what happened. My athlete that was closest to the Marshall girls said that the Marshall girl just tripped. My girls said that they didn't have any contact with the girl. I can assure you that Hannibal kids are good sports and do not need to cheat to have success. Coach Denton runs a very classy program and I'm sure that he would be disappointed in your comments. Charlie Newland Hannibal CC Coach.

    -- Posted by Pirate CC on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 9:38 AM
  • charlie newland,

    You have NO idea what you are talking about! Please! Im not ashamed or disappointed at all but maybe you should be!

    -- Posted by get a clue on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 8:39 PM