On Sept. 30, the Waterloo boys enjoyed the rare feeling of being Goliath.

The Bulldogs boys raced to victory as a team at the Chester Invitational and the Waterloo girls weren’t far behind.

“The boys won the meet earning numerous medals and the girls team placed third overall, yet every runner earned a medal that day,” Waterloo coach Jason Mattis said. “The meet is always a confidence builder for us, because we are the largest school that attends.

“This was the first year the boys have won the meet. They give a combined boys and girls trophy also and we placed second to Columbia overall.”

Two days later the Bulldogs found themselves in a fight against teams their own size and gave as well as they got, taking second to Carbondale with both the boys and the girls at the Marion Invitational.

“Both teams ran very respectable races,” Mattis said. “The course was hilly and the kids have not been training hills much this year, since our home course is flat, so it was a bit rough on them. The girls only had 15 minutes to prepare after getting off the bus, which was tough.

“Jamen Helton finished second overall and Josh Rodenberg, Jerrett Marcuson, Mitch Boehm, Chad Mueller, Alex Brown and Ian Nugent were the remaining top seven finishers for the guys. The girls team also ran well well, with a varsity squad of Melody London, Shelby Nugent, Ashley Villarreal, Sam Garza, Jessica Chapman, Carly Merritt and Amanda Schreder.”

The Bulldogs ran at the Centralia Invitational Saturday. The team will try to get in a solid week of workouts this week in preparation for the Mississippi Valley Conference meet Thursday.

“Now that the weather has finally cooled off I plan to really push the kids pretty hard over the next few weeks until we get into the state series meets,” Mattis said. “We are looking at the guys team to be possible contenders for the conference championship, while the goal for both teams this year will be

to advance to the sectionals.”

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