Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Boys Cross Country Teams

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Boys Cross Country Teams

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ALL-METRO BOYS CROSS COUNTRY FIRST TEAM

Harrison Brown, junior, Lafayette

Seven top-10 individual finishes for Brown included his first victory at the Class 4 District 2 meet. Brown also was fifth in the sectional meet and crossed eighth in the Missouri Class 4 state meet with a time of 16:01.53 that was the third-fastest for any runner this season on the Jefferson City course. Brown's season-best time was 15:54.8 for a runner-up finish in the Patriot Classic.

Kevin Koester, senior, Hillsboro

Missouri Southern signee won six individual titles, including a season-best time of 15:53.3 to capture the Stan Nelson Invitational. Koester also won the first district title of his career and concluded his season with a best-ever showing of 19th place in the Class 4 state meet in a time of 16:16.41. It was the third state meet appearance in Koester's career. Koester also was a runner-up in a Class 4 Sectional 1 field that included most of the area's top Class 4 runners.

Justin Mumford, freshman, Wesclin

Never finished lower than eighth in 11 races of a dynamite debut season, including three victories. Mumford won a regional title on a standard three-mile course for an Illinois race, and he also won on the 5-kilometer Edwardsville Invitational course against runners from larger classifications. Mumford was a sectional runner-up and capped his season with a sixth-place showing in the Class 1A state meet in a season-best 15:06 for a three-mile course. That was the best state finish for an Illinois runner in any classification.

Andrew O'Keefe, junior, Granite City

Broke 15-minute barrier twice during a dominant campaign on Illinois' three-mile courses, including a season-best 14:43.1 during a fourth-place finish in the Peoria Invitational. The other time was a 14:56.4 to win the Granite City Sectional with a course-record time. O'Keefe earned nine individual victories that also included the conference and regional meets. His season had a bittersweet finish with a 100th-place finish at the state meet when O'Keefe, who was in the top 10 through two miles, faded while battling illness.

Nassim Oufattole, senior, Lafayette

Top area finisher in Missouri's Class 4 state meet, crossing sixth place in 15:56. …

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