Competitors in the Class 2 boys race round a corner Saturday at the newly-constructed course at the Gans Creek Recreation Area near Columbia.

Houston High School sophomore Hunter McKinney placed 108th in a field of 173 runners in the Class 2 boys race at the state championship cross country meet Saturday at the Gans Creek Recreation Area in Columbia.

HHS sophomore Hunter McKinney, right, runs during the Class 2 boys race in the MSHSAA state championship cross country meet Saturday in Columbia.

McKinney’s time on the newly constructed 3.1-mile course was a personal record 18:23.6. Winning the race was Daelen Ackley of El Dorado Springs at 15:39.0, while Malik Stewart of Maplewood was second at 16:01.1 and Sam Shuman of Spokane finished third at 16:06.3.

Fatima took the Class 2 team title with a score of 77, with runners placing 5th, 7th, 17th, 18th and 30th. Steelville was second, while the rest of the top-5 included East Newton, Hermann and El Dorado Springs.

Plato sophomore David Held placed 13th in a field of 171 runners in the Class 1 boys race with a time of 17:28.6.

Complete results from boys and girls races in all classes at the meet are available on the Missouri State High School Activities Association website at mshsaa.org.

HHS sophomore Hunter McKinney, right, approaches the finish line during the MSHSAA state championship cross country meet Saturday in Columbia.

During a send-off event last Friday for cross country state meet qualifier Hunter McKinney, center, teammates Jordyn Lay, left, and Zach Brannan hold a sign wishing the HHS sophomore well in the Class 2 boys race.

Hunter McKinney’s sister, Morgan, holds a sign during the send-off ceremony last Friday on Ozark Street.

Houston cross country coach Michelle Henshaw smiles to the crowd as she drives a school-owned vehicle along Ozark Street as students and faculty participate in a send-off event for sophomore Hunter McKinney last Friday, the day before he ran in the Class 2 boys race at the state championship cross country meet in Columbia.

As Houston Police Department vehicles lead the way, Boulder McKinney shoots video as Houston schools students line Ozark Street during a send-off event for his son Hunter McKinney last Friday morning.

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