Warsaw Freshman Wins Conference Championship

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Warsaw’s Freshman Alyssa Alcantara became the first ever Cross Country Ozark Mountain Conference (OMC) Champion last Tuesday in Buffalo. Alcantara outran seniors, juniors, sophomores and other freshmen  from El Dorado Springs, Sherwood , Butler, Buffalo, and Skyline, 23 runners in all, to claim the title in Warsaw’s new conference. Alyssa is the daughter of Ray and Shannon Alcantara . She was very successful as an eighth grader but  capturing the conference championship in her first try is quite an achievement.
An excited Head Coach Ehren Banfield  commented on his talented freshman, “Alyssa ran away from the field by winning by a wide margin of slightly over a full  minute.  Amazing considering Alyssa is a freshman.  She has been  pretty much in training since last year’s XC season. Her dedication shows in her  21:21.39 time.”
Coach Banfield explained about  the better times, “The course is very flat.  Which is why times were very fast.  Athletes did not run as fast as previous week was because the weather conditions were not as cool.  It was a lot muggier with windy conditions.”   
 Other racers fared well also. Trey Palmer ran a very strong race and placed fourth with a time of 18:38.21. Palmer will be putting up threes on the basketball court in a couple of weeks, but  before that happens, he has some unfinished business in cross country.
 Maleek Porter placed 9th with a time of 18:55.22.  Both received medals at the conference meet (Top 10). Eighth grader George Montez placed second with a time of 8:57.19
 Coach Banfield commented, “Alan Landsberg ran a very good race indeed.  Alan set a personal record for himself with a time of 37:24.49.  Alan set this PR by over two and a half minutes.  He did this in pouring rain that ended the meet.  Most of the  team cheered Alan along even though they were getting poured on by the heavy rain to cheer him across the finish line. Very cool ending.”
We wish them the best as the season continues.