Chieftains at Southern Stampede in Joplin

Chieftains set PRs at Southern Stampede
Posted on 09/21/2019
Southern Stampede(SPS) - A select few varsity runners headed northeast to Joplin, Mo. to compete in the Southern Stampede cross country event on Saturday.

The event includes high school and collegiate divisions and is a good opportunity for high school runners to run against tough competition from surrounding states and to showcase their ability for the college coaches in attendance.

And showcase their talents is exactly what the Chieftains did among the 306 female and 379 male finishers.

Three runners set a personal record while another moved into the top 10 of 6A runners.

Stailee Heard went under 20 minutes in the 5k, crossing the line in 14th place at 19:15, setting a personal record.

"We’ve only had a few girls in our program ever run that fast," said head coach Debbie Williams.

Sydney Krehbiel followed a minute later at 20:16 and moved into the top 10 of 6A runners joining Stailee.

Leona Crowl, who’s coming back from a calf strain, finished at 22:50.

"When her legs are healthy we are going to see some great things," Williams said of Leona.

Mason Quinton crossed at 16:41 with brother Evan coming through 20 seconds later at 17:01. The Quinton twins are now ranked in the top 20 of 6A runners.

Desmond Bible went sub-19 with a time of 18:59 and Edgar Borjas went under 20 minutes at 19:53.

Up next, the teams will split up between Holland Hall and the pre-state race in Edmond.

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