Collin Clark (12) paced the Ladue Boys Cross Country team to 12th Place at the Boys Class 4 State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 9. The team posted four times under seventeen minutes, including Collin Clark’s amazing 15:48.7. In 25th place at the 4K mark, Collin unleashed a move second only to Captain America; his time of 3:02.9 for the final 1000 meters moved him up to 11th place as he flashed by runner after runner.
Andrew Smock (10) finished next in 37th place with a time of 16:13.9, a new personal record. Charlie Krasnoff (10) came through the 1K mark in 154th, but moved up 69 places over the next 4000 meters to finish 85th with a personal record of 16:38.4 (it was the biggest move of the day by any Ladue runner!). Next up was John Martin (11) who moved up 26 places to finish in 100th place with a new personal record of 16:44.7. Rounding out the scoring for the Rams was Nick Cunningham (11) who placed 158th in a time of 17:47.2. Newcomer Ben Goeke (11) followed closely with a time of 17:54.5. Finally, Max Wasserstrom (12) finished in 18:44.1 to cap off his Ladue Cross Country career. Also representing the team at the State Meet as alternates were Jake Page (PR 18:01.9), Noah Smock (PR 17:53.35), and Will Stappenbeck (PR 18:03.41).
The team scored 259 points for 12th place, beating Webster Groves, West Plains, Lafayette, and Francis Howell. The average time for the top five boys was 16:38.6, the fastest time ever recorded by a Ladue Cross Country team. The team finished just 7 points back of 11th placed, Webb City High School. This was the first time Ladue has qualified for the State Cross Country Meet as a team since moving up to Class 4 in 2012.
*Full Results – https://live.pttiming.com/xc-ptt.html?mid=1855
**State Meet Photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/100674697@N06/albums
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