Saturday at West City Park in Festus, the Jefferson Blue Jays boys cross country team took part in the Bowles Invitational. With the entire team running JV, the Jays finished seventh out of 11 teams.
“We were still dealing with some sickness on the team , but everyone showed up ready to race,” head coach Mollie Rhodes noted. The top finisher for Jefferson was Jeremiah Chipps. His time of 20:10.61 was good for 25th place. Right behind was CJ Johnson. He finished in 28th place, crossing the finish line at 20:14.24. ” CJ had a great race,” Rhodes commented, “setting a new PR on a tough and slippery course this weekend. As a freshman, he is still figuring out how to run a 5K, but I can imagine that he will continue to get faster.”
After Chipps and Johnson, there was a pretty good gap before other Blue Jays runners came in. “Several other boys ran times that were similar or better than what they ran last week at Forest Park, which is great considering that Festus is a tougher course than Forest Park,” Rhodes added. “I will be excited to see them run on an easier course later in the season to see how fast they can really go.
The next four finishers for Jefferson included Bradley Glass (61st, 21:24.05), Matthew Glass (80th, 22:01.41), Jacob Holdinghausen (81st, 22:04.81), and Jack Hueter (82nd, 22:04.87).
The varsity boys will head to Gans Creek in Columbia this weekend for the pre-state meet. The JV will have the weekend off.