The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Liberty High School junior Ally Kruger took first place at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Cross Country Championships in the Girlsí Class 5 race held Saturday, November 7, at Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia, MO. Timberland High School senior Trevor Peimann took second place in the Boysí Class 5 race.
Kruger's winning time of 18:03.1 broke the previous record for Gans Creek of 18:08.6 set in 2019. With this win, she also became the first-ever State Champion in cross country running for Liberty High School and the first female to place first at state for cross country in the Wentzville School District. Kruger has been running competitively since she was eight years old, but began working with her coach, Toby Glavin, back in the eighth grade. "Ally has been a stud runner from the day she joined our team," Glavin reported. "As a freshman, she finished in 8th place at the state meet ñ the fastest freshman that day in any class. This year, she was very process-focused, so unbelievably relaxed and in the best shape she has ever been!" Dr. Edgar Nelson, Principal of Liberty High School shared, "Ally is the definition of a scholar-athlete, a young woman of character and a tremendous competitor. We are incredibly proud that Ally will be known as the first female Cross Country Champion for the Wentzville School District"
Peimann's finishing time of 15:40.2, his personal best by six seconds, made him Timberland's first state medal winner since 2015. Peimann has been competing at state meets since his sophomore year and has improved his race times with each year. "Trevor's success this season is a direct result of the amount and quality of work he put in over the past 6-7 months,î said coach Dan Staples, ìHe has earned everything, we are very proud!"