Lindbergh girls capture seventh in state cross-country championship

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After taking eighth at last year’s Missouri Class 4 state cross-country championships, the Lindbergh High School girls’ cross country team were determined to improve on that finish in 2007.

The Flyers did just that as they grabbed seventh overall with 185 points.

“Just getting to state was an accomplishment,” Lindbergh head coach Jim Peterson told the Call. “We ran in a really tough sectional and hadn’t been to state in 20 years since last year.”

Sophomore Lindsey Oettle was the team’s highest finisher at a 21st place overall and a time of 20:26.

“Lindsey had a great run,” Peterson said. “That was her personal record by almost 20 seconds.”

Junior Laura Hmiel was the team’s next highest finisher at 31st place and a mark of 20:38.

“Laura’s been real strong and consistent all year long,” Peterson said. “She and the rest of our top four or five runners could all be under 20 minutes next year if they put the work in during the winter and summer months.”

The Flyers head coach believes that the potential for next year’s team is truly unlimited with the possibility of even winning a state championship in 2008.

“Our potential is pretty much unlimited,” Peterson said. “I talked to the girls in that we have the potential to win state if they put the work in during the winter and summer.”