Oak Ridge runners bring home BlueJays' first MSHSAA title ever

The Oak Ridge boys cross country team hold up their championship plaque after winning the MSHSAA Class 1 state championship Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
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After recently winning a fourth consecutive MSHSAA Class 1 District title, Oak Ridge boys' cross country coach Kristi Seyer was "hopeful" heading into Saturday's state finals at the Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia, Mo. However, every coach is cautious before big competitions.

"We were very hopeful going into it that we were going to come out on top," Seyer said. "All the signs were pointing in that direction."

As it turned out, her positive thoughts were well-founded, as the BlueJays won the school's first MSHSAA state championship in any sport Saturday with a strong all-around performance by Seyer's group.

"We were very hopeful that they were going to be able to pull it off," Seyer said. "We are super proud of them that they did."

The BlueJays finished second in the 2010 meet, but had never ascended to the top spot.

Senior Tanner Schamburg led the way Saturday with a 14th-place finish in a personal-best time of 17:29.7.

"He ran fantastic," Seyer said of Schamburg. "He's very dedicated to what he does. He's willing to put in the work to get better each week and each meet.

"He's just an overall great kid."

Schamburg earned All-State honors for his effort, as did junior Phillip Marshall, who also ran a personal-best time.

Marshall finished 22nd overall in a time of 17:37.1.

Junior Mason Keith took 31st in a time of 17:51.2, while sophomore Justin Ward (68th, 18:43.2), senior Bryce Hahs (86th, 19:00.4), sophomore Eli Sachse (106th, 19:27.8), and sophomore Logan Dewitt (158th, 21:30.0) also contributed.

Keith, Hahs, and Sachse each had personal-best times as the Oak Ridge girls' team finished 13th overall.

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