(Herculaneum) The Herculaneum Blackcats have long been cross country royalty in the state of Missouri.
Earlier this month, the kings reclaimed their crown.
Herculaneum won the Class 3 boys’ team state championship on November 6th, tying West Plains with a record 13th team state title all-time.
Blackcats head coach Kyle Davis says it was thrilling to carry on the tradition of excellence.
Despite having just the one state medalist in junior Keith Vance, the Blackcats’ top 5 runners all finished with a top-40 time and ran the course in almost 17-and-a-half minutes.
Herky managed to post a team score of 95, finshing 27 points ahead of second-place Maryville.
Davis says they knew, in order to achieve that, it would take a true group effort.
But Davis also feels it was inevitable that his program would return to the top of the mountain because of people past and present who give a lot to Herculaneum cross country.
The Blackcats also qualified as a team for the girls’ state meet and finished eighth in Class 3.
Herculaneum Coach Kyle Davis Interview