Waynesville High School cross-country runners Bryan O’Barr, Alejandro Malave and Tessa Scott competed Saturday in the Missouri State Cross Country Meet, which was held for the second consecutive year at Gans Creek Recreation Area in Columbia, Missouri.
With the top female high-school runners in Missouri Class 5 schools racing first, Scott, a junior, made her debut at the state meet, setting a new personal record of 20 minutes, 53 seconds, as she finished 116th for Waynesville. Nicole Jarman, WHS head coach, said Scott “crushed the course.”
“Throughout this season, Tessa has been coming on stronger and stronger,” Jarman said.
In the Class 5 boys’ race, WHS senior Brian O’Barr placed 35th overall with a time of 16:31, followed by teammate junior Alejandro Malave, who completed the course in 17:26 to finish 107th.
Jarman said she was pleased to have two competitors in the boys’ race this year. Last year, O’Barr was the lone representative for the Tigers.
“I am glad these boys had each other on the starting line this year,” Jarman said. “Not only are they some of the hardest workers you will ever meet, but they are good people. Both boys raced hard today and came within seconds of their season’s bests.”
Jarman noted that all three Waynesville qualifiers’ results represented countless hours of training that often go unseen.
“Despite the uncertainty of whether there would even be a cross country season this year, they had faith and prepared diligently.”
In other WHS sports:
A cut in the number of athletes accepted for state competition in boys’ swimming resulted in Waynesville swimmers being shut out, head coach Nikki Stone reported Sunday.
Earlier that day, the Missouri State High School Activities Association posed an announcement that, due to COVID-19 numbers in the state, it was limiting the number of swimmers to 24 per event from the previous level of 32.
“We barely missed the mark,” Stone said, adding that, despite being shut out, her team made significant strides this season, with two relay teams and two individuals — Gavin Miller and Bailey Raines — earning state consideration.
“This is the first year Waynesville has had any relay (teams) even qualify — and we had two. And we (also) had two individuals qualify, so, we have a lot to be proud of,” Stone said.
The WHS Tigers ended their varsity football season Friday, falling 58-39 to the Falcons at Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri, in the semifinals of the Missouri Class, 5 District 5 Tournament.
The Tigers finished with a season record of 2-7.