Palmer Places At State Cross Country

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
Warsaw Wildcats cross country runner Trey Palmer saved his best for last when he turned in a personal record time of 16:54.80, coming in under the 17 minute mark for the first time in his career.  That finish was good for a 22nd place finish out of 173 runners at the MSHSAA Class 2 State Cross Country meet held this past weekend in Columbia.  Palmer’s top-25 finish was strong enough to secure the distinguished honor of being an All-State runner for the 2019 season.
“Trey was confident heading into race day,” Wildcats cross country coach Ehren Banfield said.  “He started out strong, as usual, as he always wants to get into a good position early in his races.”
“Last year Trey got stuck in a mass of runners and that definitely hindered his performance, but not this year,” Banfield said proudly.
Palmer’s All-State finish also accomplished a personal goal of his when he set out at the beginning of the year to place in every meet that he competed.  The All-State finish made Palmer a perfect 11-for-11 in that personal challenge.  Those race locations and Palmer’s finishes included, and in order of the season: SWCCCA at Bolivar (12th/83), Sedalia (1st/49), Stockton (7th/100), Hermitage (4th/150), Camdenton (18th/74), Buffalo (3rd/48), Butler (3rd/67), Ozark Highlands Conference at Butler (2nd/5), Eldorado Springs (9th/65), Districts at Warrensburg (4th/77) and Class 2 State at Columbia (22nd/173).
Wildcats freshman George Montez was certainly happy to make it to the state competition as an underclassman, however, his time of 19:11.30 kept him out of the top-25 by a “few” spots.
“George was all smiles and his expression showed just how happy he was to be there when he came down that last straightaway,” Banfield said.  “But George has certainly set his sights on next year and is already talking about aspirations moving forward with the sport.”
Alyssa Alcantara, the Wildcats sophomore running phenom, had to overcome troublesome injuries throughout the year but she would not be denied as she also had another strong run at the state level, her fastest run of the season with a  22:01.40.
Banfield said, “Her performance showed her determination to push herself.  I know she is eager to start training for next year, but we’re going to take a little break first.”
Dallas Larsen, a former Wildcats All-State runner, was in attendance this year to help cheer on his former program.
“We always look forward to Dallas being there to support us,” Banfield stated thankfully.  “He is always willing to lend in a hand and he is certainly a motivated individual to have a round.”