Invitational - 1st Chillicothe won their own 3-team season opening meet with 27
points. Kirksville was 2nd with 48 and Lafayette 3rd with 50. Two
other teams scheduled to compete cancelled at the last minute.
Steven Taylor finished 2nd, Ben Griffin 3rd, Tim Derrickson 5th,
Drew Hinton 8th, Daniel Riekena 9th, Parker Leatherman 14th and
Thomas Cassity 16th. Kirksville runner won the boys event in
On the girls side, Lafayette won the
event with 21, Kirksville 2nd with 35. Chillicothe's lone female
runner Brittany Jacobs finished 10th.
Platte County Invitational - 9th
Chillicothe finished 9th in the 19-team Platte County Invitational.
Chillicothe had two medalists: Steven Taylor finished 27th and Ben
Griffin 34th. Coach Tim Riekena was pleased with his top runners.
"It was good to see Taylor and Griffin medal in such a competitive
meet. There were 19 teams and hundreds of runners." Other Hornet
finishes: Tim Derrickson was 42nd, Drew Hinton 64th, Daniel Riekena
66th, Parker Leatherman 74th and Thomas Cassity's finish was not
provided. On the girls side, Brittany Jacobs finished 85th.
Coach Riekena sees improvement in his team. "Most of the veteran
runners improved their times from last year."
Benton Invitational - 1st
Chillicothe had 3 medalists
and won the Benton Invitational with 59 points. Benton was 2nd with
62 followed by Lafayette, Central J. V.,
Savannah, Platte County J. V., LeBlond and DeKalb. The meet was
postponed a day due to weather which caused undue concern for
Hornets Coach Tim Riekena. "This was a great win. I was worried
after the meet was rained out on Tuesday that we might be sluggish,
but the boys did a great job."
Chillicothe was led by Steven Taylor who finished 4th,
Ben Griffin was 10th and Casey Pryor 11th, all received medals. Tim
Derrickson was 16th, Drew Hinton 18th, Daniel Riekena 28th and
Parker Leatherman 46th. On the girls side, Brittany Jacobs was 50th.
Lafayette Invitational - 2nd
Chillicothe finished 2nd at the Lafayette Invitational, despite not
having two of their top runners. "We went into this meet not sure
what to expect." stated coach Tim Riekena. "Two of our top runners
were sidelined. Ben Griffin will run this Saturday at Savannah and
Tim Derrickson will hopefully be pain free by then."
Steven Taylor led Chillicothe with a 3rd place
finish, Drew Hinton 12th and Daniel Riekena 18th, all received
medals. Casey Pryor finished 25th and Parker Leatherman 36th. Also
competing on Varsity were Will Evilsizer, Justin Littrell and on the
ladies side, Brittany Jacobs.
Savannah Invitational - 4th
Chillicothe finished 4th out of nine
teams in the Savannah Invitational with 108 points. "Times were
faster for most varsity runners" stated a pleased Coach Tim Riekena.
"Steven Taylor ran hard and Ben Griffin ran a smooth race; Casey
Pryor continues to improve and all three medaled."
Steven Taylor finished 8th in 18:20, Ben Griffin 18th
in 18:54, Casey Pryor 23rd in 19:17, Daniel Riekena 28th in 19:44,
Drew Hinton 35th in 20:10, Parker Leatherman 45th in 20:54 and Will
Evilsizer 51st in 22:04.
In the Girls race, Brittany Jacobs finished 44th in
Kearney Invitational - 27th
Chillicothe finished 10th out of 27
schools in the Kearney Invitational. "Most everyone had a good race"
commented coach Tim Riekena. "This was a big meet. We are hoping to
get Tim Derrickson back if his knee is ok in time for the MEC meet
in a week and a half."
Chillicothe was led by Steven Taylor in 16th, Ben
Griffin 31st, Casey Pryor 48th and Daniel Riekena 53rd, all received
medals. Drew Hinton was 85th, Parker Leatherman 92nd and Justin
On the girls side, Mary Kate Taylor finished 35th in
her first varsity meet and received a medal. Brittany Jacobs was
Midland Empire Conference Meet - 2nd
Chillicothe finished 2nd in the
Midland Empire Conference meet at Platte County. Steven Taylor
finished 4th and took 1st team All-Conference honors, Ben Griffin
was 9th and Casey Pryor 12th, both received 2nd team All-Conference
honors and all three received medals. Others competing for
Chillicothe: Daniel Riekena, Drew Hinton, Parker Leatherman and
Thomas Cassity. Their place finishes were not provided. Smithville
won the boys title with 48 points, Chillicothe with 61 followed by
Benton, Platte County, Savannah and Lafayette.
On the girls side, Mary Kate Taylor was 12th, good for
a medal and 2nd team All-Conference honors. Brittany Jacobs also
competed for the Lady Hornets.
Richmond Invitational - 12th
Chillicothe finished 5th in the12-team Richmond Invitational.
Conditions were far from ideal, stated Coach Tim Riekena. "We were
glad the rain held off and we were able to get in this meet. It was
a muddy course." Steven Taylor lead Chillicothe with a 15th place
finish, good for a medal. Casey Pryor finished 30th, Drew Hinton was
38th, Ben Griffin was 39th, Daniel Riekena 53rd and Parker
Leatherman 75th. On the girls side, Mary Kate Taylor was 37th and
Brittany Jacobs finished 90th
District Meet in Kearney
The Taylor family will be headed to
the State Cross Country meet. Chillicothe's Steven Taylor and sister
Mary Kate Taylor both finished 10th in District competition and
qualified for the state championship meet. Kearney won the Boys and
Girls team events. Chillicothe boys finished in 4th. In addition to
Taylor's 10th place finishes, Chillicothe Boys had Casey Pryor
finish 19th, Ben Griffin 21st, Daniel Riekena 22nd, Drew Hinton
24th, Tim Derrickson 28th and Parker Leatherman 35th. On the girls
side in addition to Taylor's 10th place finish, Brittany Jacobs
finished 35th. "Overall, times were fast this year." stated Hornets
coach Tim Riekena. "Steven, Mary Kate, Daniel Riekena and Parker
Leatherman all set personal records and Drew Hinton was just a few
seconds from his best."
The Taylor family finished in the
middle of the pack at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships. On the
boys side, Steven Taylor ran a time of 18:38, good for 114th
out of 169 runners. "Steven ran well the first two miles." said
coach Tim Riekena. "The pace was fast and the course challenging.
Steven has shown potential to have an outstanding senior year. The
entire team is looking forward to the challenge of next season."
Younger sister Mary Kate Taylor finished in a
time of 21:58, good for 89th out of 165 runners and the 18th
freshman to cross the line.
year Cross Country coach Tim Riekena celebrated a successful season
at the annual awards banquet. Riekena praised the team and expressed
very high hopes for next season
Coaches Award: Brittany Jacobs
Most Improved Award: Justin Littrell