Area athletes compete at Dexter Invitational

A couple of Jackson athlete sprint for the finish line during the Dexter High School Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 22. (Dennis Marshall/Standard Democrat)
Dennis Marshall/Standard Democrat

DEXTER, Mo. — More than 250 athletes competed at varsity, junior varsity and middle school level during the Dexter High School Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Jackson won the boys’ varsity meet with a team score of 31, while Willow Springs Carson Smith was the top finisher with a time of 17 minutes and 4.7 seconds. Jackson’s Kyle Craigmiles, Jack Hancock, Alex Niedbalski and Puxico’s Jet Hancock rounded out the top five.

“It was awesome anytime you can get this many schools together on a Saturday afternoon,” said Dexter coach Joshua Dowdy. “It seemed like everyone had a great day and we’re grateful for the dry conditions. Our kids get excited when they have the chance to run in front of their friends and families. I’m happy they get the opportunities, but I also think it energizes them.”

Athletes from East Carter and Dexter compete during the Dexter High School Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 22. (Dennis Marshall/Standard-Democrat)
Dennis Marshall/Standard Democrat

The Bearcats finished fourth with a team score of 93. The team’s top performers were Chris Stone at 13th with a time of 18:32.60, Clayton Bell at 14th with a time of 18:32.70, Ben Dowdy at 18th with a time of 18:45.90, Chase Farmer at 28th with a time of 19:35.20, Jaxon King at 31st with a time of 20:10.10 and Nathan Harris at 39th with a time of 20:59.40.

“We had two guys down and “We had to fill in some guys and I was pleased with what we did,” Joshua Dowdy said. “We stuck to our plan trying to get ready for district and hopefully a run to state. It was a great tune-up event. We just wanted to make sure we kept people healthy so we can feel fresh next Saturday at districts.”

Jackson also won the girls’ varsity meet with a team score of 16, and had the top finisher in Annika Barks with a time of 20:37.10. She was followed by Leopold’s Kindle VanderMierden, Jackson’s Emma Niedbalski, Scott City’s Logan Schiwitz and Crystal City’s Lauren Hartman.

Abbie Lloyd was Dexter's top finisher at 12th with a time of 22:15.30. The Lady Bearcats also had Alliye Lee placed 30th with a time of 26:35.00, Lillyn Crockett placed 33rd with a time of 27:24.10 and Jasmine Smith placed 34th with a time of 27:35.30.

“I thought both teams did really well,” Lloyd said. “It was nice to run out here on a familiar course and build some confidence heading into districts. I have to shout out the boys on the team because they’ve helped push me to get where I am, and I got to shout out my girls. They’re always positive and keep me motivated.”

Jackson won the boys’ junior varsity meet and Marquand-Zion’s Matthew Fisher was the top finisher.

Jackson also won the girls’ junior varsity meet and had the top finisher in McKayla Shaw.

Leopold won the boys’ middle school meet and Willow Springs’ Joel Smith was the top finisher.

Dexter won the girls’ middle school meet and Fredericktown’s Laila Stephens was the top finisher.

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