The inaugural Forest Park Cross Country Festival saw more than 1,100 athletes compete on the fast, spectator-friendly course at Central Fields in beautiful Forest Park. The story of the day was the Potosi boys team, who scored a mere 30 points to dominate a very strong field that included eventual Class 4 State Champs Fort Zumwalt South. The Trojans, led by seniors Josh Thebeau and Josh Mathis used the meet as a springboard to an incredible season that included another Class 3 State Championship and a 7th place finish at the Nike Team National Meet.
The girls race was won by the yellow-clad ladies from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo. Led by individual runner-up Lauren Borduin the Lady Bruins put five runners in the top 28 and out-distanced second place Marquette by 23 points. Marquette came out on top in the individual race however, with eventual Class 4 State Champ Hilary Orf taking the victory in 19:07.
The boys junior varsity and freshman races were won by the boys from St. Louis University High who scored a meet low 17 points in winning the latter race. The girls JV race was another Rock Bridge versus Marquette battle with Rock Bridge coming out on top just as they had in the varsity race. Fort Zumwalt South took home top honors in the girls freshman race.