(HERCULANEUM, Mo.) The Herculaneum Blackcats cross country programs put together a top three showing at the Class Three state meet on Saturday setting a state record in the process.
The girls had a representative on the podium for the 14th consecutive season, setting a state record for the longest streak of having a girl finish in the top four at state and standing on the podium. They broke the record previously held by West Plains from the 90’s through the 2000’s. As a team, the girls finished in second behind the Festus Tigers.+++
Head coach Kyle Davis said it represents the work ethic of the program over the years…+++
The boys finished in third place in state including a 14th place finish from senior Loki Cortner with a time of 16:49.96. Cortner said it has been hard to believe how successful the girls have been over the course of the last decade plus…+++
The boys put together an outstanding season themselves led by Cortner. He added the team had the right mindset in surpassing expectations…+++
Davis added it was good for the program to have both teams back on the podium…+++
The highest finisher for the Blackcats was senior Nautica Stricklin who finished in third place, while senior Emily Enghauser finished in 5th place on the girls side. Sophomore Jonathon Coffman was also a top 25 finisher for the boys.