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Potosi Trojans to compete for conference championship at home meet

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The Potosi XC team will be hosting the MAAA conference meet at the City Park on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 7

The high school boys and girls will be competing for a conference title on their home turf. Both teams have had an outstanding season thus far and look to add a conference championship to their already impressive resume.

The meet will be a 5k, and the team scores will be based off of the cumulative placement of each team’s top five runners, with the team with the lowest score taking home the victory. For example, if a team’s top five runners place 1st, 3rd, 7th, 15th, and 27th, their team score would be 53 points. Additionally, the top 12 runners overall will be awarded all-conference honors.

On the boys side, Farmington hasn’t lost this meet since 2017. This year, it will be a close race between the Knights and Trojans. These two teams have an impressive grasp over the MAAA conference with both teams’ top five runners in the top 13 overall conference rankings. Farmington has won all of the matchups between the two schools so far this year, but, because they’re running at a course so familiar to the Trojans, this could be anyone’s race.

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High School XC Coach Amanda Politte, said “It’s going to be a tough meet this weekend. We have a chance if we run really well to be the conference champions, but even if not, we’re going to get as many all-conference spots as we can.”

The girls division has also been dominated by Farmington for years, with that streak only being broken 6 years ago by the Lady Trojans. The Farmington girls have been strong this year as usual but Potosi is still a favorite for a runner-up finish, beating out teams such as Ste. Gen and Fredericktown.

Senior XC runner, Alyson Skyles, said, “I’m most definitely nervous. It’s my senior year, so I feel a lot of pressure to get a conference medal, but I also want to see our girls team do really good. I feel like we have a really good chance of placing high in the conference meet.”

The times for the races are as follows:
Varsity Boys – 9:30 A.M.
Varsity Girls – 10:00 A.M.
J.V. Boys – 10:30 A.M.
J.V. Girls – 11:00 A.M
Middle School Girls – 11:30 A.M.
Middle School Boys – 12:00 P.M.

At the time of this article being published, Saturday is forecasted to be cloudy and low to mid-50s, so make sure to dress accordingly when you come to watch the races. Parking will be available at First Baptist Church as the park is closed off to spectator traffic.

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Zeke Sisk, Reporter
Hey! My name is Zeke and I am a member of the class of 2024. I am the vice president of the senior class and a member of Student Ambassadors and FCA. Here at school, I am a basketball, cross country, and track athlete, but when I get home and no one is watching, I am also an avid disc golfer. Outside of school I am heavily involved in my youth group as well as owning an apparel company called "7th Trumpet". I also love listening to music and podcasts, critiquing movies, and ignoring people who ask me about my height.

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