By Barry Dalton
Mexico Public Schools hosted a cross country meet at the A.P. Green Estate Park on Saturday, Sept. 5. There were a lot of stomach cramps and even some upchucks during the first meet of the year but all in all it was a pleasant day for a rural race.
“It’s nice, a beautiful day for a meet especially in the shade,” West said. “It’s kind of reminiscent for me because my grandson, Michael Libbert, is doing the same thing my son, Dennis, used to do.”
Libbert finished 26th out of 87 total runners for the varsity Bulldogs. His father finished 19th at state in junior varsity for Fatima. The elder Libbert said his son has been training five days a week running 10 miles a day.
“You gotta really have a liking for it,” Libbert’s father joked. “It’s not something most people really want to do–’Oh, I’m going to go torture myself today.’”
The Mexico boys varsity team captured first place, Bowling green finished second and Centralia third. Monroe City finished sixth, North Callaway seventh and Missouri Military Academy ninth. In varsity girls, Centralia finished first, North Callaway second, Mexico third and Bowling Green seventh. Neither Van-Far R-1 nor Community R-VI sent teams.
Libbert, who had a time of 20 minutes and 40.65 seconds, said that he was prepared for some potential rough going during his first varsity meet in Mexico.
“Coach said that our first meet is usually rough because we’re figuring out our pace,” Libbert said. “Our times will get better.”
Pictured from left to right are Mexico Bulldog Michael Libbert, his father, Dennis Libbert, and his grandmother, Sherry West.