Running away with the gold

by Kristian Frisbey

“It is really hard to put words to it. I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Winning state is such an accomplishment; it feels amazing,” senior Victor Mugeche said.

After a 35 year wait, the boys cross country team has captured the Missouri Class Four State Championship trophy.

After finishing the regular season undefeated, senior Victor Mugeche kept his winning streak alive as he finished the perfect season with a first place finish of 15:29 minutes at the state meet. Mugeche’s initial reaction after crossing the finish line was was one of excitement, but he added that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. 

“It was incredible; the only problem is that I felt really good until the last 200 meters. I really struggled to finish but the feeling after was amazing,” Mugeche said.

Mugeche is the third Wildcat to finish in first place since 2012.

One the medal stand with Mugeche stood fellow senior and future University of Missouri runner Oaklee Hauschild, who finished in sixth place.

The boys had three runners end the season with All-State honors: Mugeche, Hauschild, and senior Morgan Cauveren.

With emotions running high, adrenaline flowing, and goals reached, the feeling of finally reaching the top is “amazing,” according to Mugeche.

“It is really hard to put words to it. I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Winning state is such an accomplishment; it feels amazing,” Mugeche said.

On the girls team, junior Tessa Valdivia finished in sixth place, and senior Elaina Hubner completed her Blue Springs career with a 16th place finish. Both girls finished the season with All-State honors.