By Jimmy Gillispie
St. Teresa Academy’s star runner had a big performance Saturday at the state meet course in Columbia, Missouri.
Senior Amelia Arrieta won the prestigious Gold division 5K at the Gans Creek Classic. And not only did she win it, she beat the second-place runner by 31 seconds.
Arrieta won the race in a time of 17 minutes and 24.8 seconds. Her time set the St. Teresa school record, and according to the school’s athletic Twitter account, it’s the 25th-fastest time in the country and makes her the eighth-fastest runner in Missouri history.
A pair of Arrieta’s teammates also finished in the top 20 of the race, helping the Stars win the team championship in the top division. Senior Sydney Swan and sophomore Gracie Jacobs placed 15th and 16th, respectively, running 18:58.4 and 19:02.8.
St. Teresa’s Academy scored 95 points to bring home the team title. Rock Bridge finished second with 130 points.
All seven St. Teresa’s Academy runners finished in the top 44 of the 200 runners. The final four competitors for the Stars were sophomore Hailey Scheuer (31), senior Maddie Weiford (36), sophomore Lillian Grever (37) and senior Lilly Hupke (45).