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PREP CROSS COUNTRY: St. Louis boys win TVC West title

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Goal No. 1 was to win an invite.

Goal No. 2 was to win conference.

Check one, check two.

On Tuesday afternoon at Hidden Oaks Golf Course in St. Louis the St. Louis High School boys cross country team checked its second goal of the season off the to-do list as it won the final Tri-Valley Conference West jamboree to claim the conference crown.

As it was the Sharks, who swept all three TVC West jamborees in 2013, finished with 30 points on the day. Carrollton finished second in the meet and in the TVC West with 51 points while Breckenridge was third with 82 and Ithaca fourth with 85 points.

“I think we ran well on our home course, which is a challenging course,” said St. Louis boys coach Jay Puffpaff. “We handled the hills on the back half and it’s nice for all our kids to win it at home. It was a team effort and I thought our middle packed up well today.”

Going into the season the Sharks had three main goals on their list of things to do in 2013. Early on they checked No. 1 off by earning an invite crown. The second goal fell Tuesday in the form of a conference title, the first since 2007, while the final goal of advancing through regionals lies on the horizon.

“The guys looked like they came in pretty good,” said St. Louis’ Connor Pilmore, who won the race in 17:25. “The course felt fast, I felt fast, but I came in with a time a little slower than I thought. We knocked off goal No. 2 so that feels good.”

As it was all five scoring Sharks landed in the top-13 Tuesday led by Pilmore’s win. Evan Goodell (19:41) was third with Collin Shaw (17:47) fifth, Parker Morris (18;13) eighth and Zach Ross (18:50) 13th.

Breckenridge was paced by Austin Brittain (18:22) in 10th with Sam Richardson (19:01) 15th, Jake Partee (19:07) 16th, Gavin Marr (19:39) 18th and Alex Giles (19:48) 23rd.

John Lambrecht (17:35) led Ithaca in second with James O’Boyle (17:44) fourth, Colton Morrow (19:48) 22nd, Caleb Freestone (20:25) 28th and Kyle Augustine (20:33) 30th.

St. Louis’ Pilmore earned first-team All-TVC West honors as did Goodell and Shaw. Morris and Ross ran their way onto the second-team with Matt Starry earning honorable mention honors.

Brittain was first-team for Breckenridge with Partee second-team. Ithaca’s Lambrecht and O’Boyle also earned first-team honors.

Last Updated: 10/8/2013 9:14:09 PM EST