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High School Cross Country: Jackson boys and girls teams win Cape Central invite

The Jackson cross country program competed in the annual Cape
Central Invitational on Saturday as the boys and girls team brought home
first-place plaques.

Jackson’s girls team scored 23 points while the boys team totaled
34 as each squad had five runners finish in the top 12 of the race.

The highest finish for Jackson in the meet was by freshman Mallorie
Metzger, who took second place with a time of 21 minutes, 55.93 seconds for the
girls team.

Taking first in the race was Dexter senior Margo Nea with a mark of
20:57.02. However, the Bearcats ended up finishing fourth as a team as only one
more runner from Dexter placed in the top 20.

Metzger was paced by sophomores Maite Mendez and Addie Heisserer,
who finished the race third and fourth respectively. Mendez
took third overall
with a time of 22:20.29 as Heisserer finished a little over 20 seconds later at

The fourth and fifth top finishers for Jackson were seniors Kayden
Fisher (eighth place) and Taylor Goodson (12th). Fisher recorded a time of
23:36.06, while Goodson finished at 24:13.49.

The final runner for the girls team to compete in the race was
junior Sophie McCadams, who placed in the top 20 at 16th overall with a mark of

Taking the top spot for the boys team this week was senior Ethan
Walz with a third-place finish at 17:50.25. Fellow senior Luke Wendel, who
finished first for the Jackson boys in the last two races, came in right behind
Walz at fourth place (17:50.46).

The top-two finishers overall in the boys race was Poplar Bluff
junior Jaden Deaton (17:03.03) and Northwest senior Cody Poskin (17:20.5).
Northwest scored 70 points to be the meet’s runner up, while Poplar Bluff took

Also placing in the top 10 for Jackson was freshman Cade McCadams
with a sixth-place finish at 17:54.89. Junior Evan Stephens (19:06.26) and
freshman Hunter Wendel (19:08.03) rounded out the top 12 at 11th and 12th place

Jackson junior Clayton Greenlee also finished in the top 20 at 19th
place with a time of 19:28.71. Freshman Cole Puls finished 23rd overall at

The Indians will compete in the Gans Creek Classic this Saturday in
Columbia, which is the new site for state.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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