As good of friends as Caleb Wilfong and Zach Herriott are off the cross country course, Wilfong had a score to settle at this past weekend's Class 4 state meet.
Last year, multiple injuries sabotaged Wilfong's push for the state crown, allowing the dominant Herriott to become the first individual champ and Gatorade state runner of the year in Rockhurst's history.
Earlier this season, Herriott outdistanced Wilfong in a a race at Forest Park. But on Saturday, the Rock Bridge senior finally came out on top. Wilfong used a late surge to pass Heriott and win the coveted crown in a time of 15:54.13, more than seven seconds ahead of Kolton Sheldon of Lee's Summit North. Herriott finished 13th with a mark of 16:34.26.
The effort of both runners allowed Rock Bridge to take home the team title and Rockhurst finished second for its first piece of hardware at the state meet.
Other meet highlights included:
*Drew White nearly went wire to wire in his Class 3 win. About a half mile into the race, the Festus senior burst forward for the lead and never let up until he crossed the finish line with a time of 16:05.71.
*Herculaneum swept both the boys and girls crowns in Class 2, marking the fifth time the dominant program has completed the double dip.
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