Cross country takes 11th at State


Senior Dillon Williams runs at the State meet on Nov. 3
in Jefferson City. He placed 26th with a time of 16:37. Photo from Mary Hickey.

Kevin Killeen

After placing 16th out of 16 teams in the past three years at the State meet, the men’s cross country has taken a stride forward and grabbed 11th place at the State meet in Jefferson City on Nov. 3.

“We had a good year,” said head coach Dan Sebben. “We were shooting for the top 10, but we were one point from 10th and 12 points from eighth.”

The Varsity team at the State meet this year consisted of seniors Dillon Williams, Jimmy Rizzo and Sam Berg, juniors Nick Gilbert, Miles McMillin, Eric Luebke and freshman Lucas Bennet.

Williams placed 26th with a time of 16:37, which was one spot away from qualifying as an all-state runner. According to Sebben, he was 1/10th of a second from 25th.

“I’m not really upset about it because I ran a good race,” said Williams. “It makes me want to really do well in track.”

Berg also had a significant run this year, becoming the first runner in Sebben’s history of coaching at Webster to run the State meet all four years of high school.

Despite graduating three veteran runners this year, Sebben is optimistic about the future, as he said this is maybe one of the best freshman groups he’s ever had.

“We have enough talent, it’s about dedication,” said Sebben.

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