Two runners came close, but the Marshall cross country team was unable to advance any entries to the next level Saturday during the Class 3, District 5 Championships at Moberly.
This will mark the first time in this millennium that the Owls have not been represented at the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships, being held Saturday at Jefferson City.
The closest to the top 15 qualifying spots in the boys' race was sophomore Ben Sporleder (18:14.60) in the 17th place, missing by 25.80 seconds. Sporleder had medaled in all nine of his previous meets for Marshall since transferring from Maryville this year.
Junior James Elfrink (20:44.80) came in 49th, sophomore Caleb Jarvis (23:33.80) was 68th and freshman Logan Davis (23:45.90) arrived in 70th place.
On the coolest morning of the season, none of the Owls matched their times on the course from Moberly Invitational on Sept. 27.
Junior Roxana Avalos (22:49.40), an eight-time medalist, paced the Marshall girls with a 24th-place finish. She was 55.10 seconds behind the cut-off.
Two other Lady Owls set personal records. Sophomore Abigail Henke (24:13.30), in only her second varsity race, took seven seconds off her previous best -- set at Moberly and then later matched in the NCMC Championships -- while coming in 35th.
Junior Lydia Kays (26:33.70) came in 54th, two minutes, 21 seconds faster than her prior meet on the course and 49 seconds under her personal record.
School of the Osage junior Tristan Henley (16:50.30) took the individual title by 2.10 seconds ahead of Kirksville senior Andrew Gordon, the Marshall Invitational and NCMC champion, while Warrensburg (32 points) and Helias (80) were the two boys' team qualifiers for the state meet.
Helias (60) eked out a win over Clinton (61), who boasted the fastest runner in junior Nicole Lee (19:00.20) -- who beat the NCMC champion, Fulton senior Jenny McCarty, by 49 seconds.
The good news for the Owls is that none of their entries were seniors and all but one improved their times during the season.