2007 Cross Country Season

Row 1:  Drew Henry, Mary Kate Taylor, Brittanee Jacobs, Travis Jones. Row 2: Steven Johnson, Casey Pryor,
Thomas Cassity, John Riekena, Drew Hinton, Jacob Peterson, Gregory Griesbach. Row 3: Coach Riekena,
Steven Taylor. Parker Leatherman, Tim Derrickson, Will Evilsizer, Ben Griffin, Daniel Riekena

Midland Empire Conference 2nd Place

Final MEC Boys Standings

 1. Smithville


 2. Chillicothe


 3. St Joseph Benton


 4. Platte County


 5. Savannah


 6. St Joseph Lafayette


 Chillicothe 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 17:17.
     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 27:34.

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 Littrell 109th.
     On the girls side, Mary Kate Taylor finished 35th in her first varsity meet and received a medal. Brittany Jacobs was 82nd.

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  10th
      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."

MSHSAA Championships
      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.

      First 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


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