High-SchoolMissouri: Caleb Wilfong

Wilfong dethrones Herriott for Class 4 cross country crown

November, 9, 2011
As good of friends as Caleb Wilfong and Zach Herriott are off the cross country course, Wilfong had a score to settle at this past weekend's Class 4 state meet.

Last year, multiple injuries sabotaged Wilfong's push for the state crown, allowing the dominant Herriott to become the first individual champ and Gatorade state runner of the year in Rockhurst's history.

Earlier this season, Herriott outdistanced Wilfong in a a race at Forest Park. But on Saturday, the Rock Bridge senior finally came out on top. Wilfong used a late surge to pass Heriott and win the coveted crown in a time of 15:54.13, more than seven seconds ahead of Kolton Sheldon of Lee's Summit North. Herriott finished 13th with a mark of 16:34.26.

The effort of both runners allowed Rock Bridge to take home the team title and Rockhurst finished second for its first piece of hardware at the state meet.

Other meet highlights included:

*Drew White nearly went wire to wire in his Class 3 win. About a half mile into the race, the Festus senior burst forward for the lead and never let up until he crossed the finish line with a time of 16:05.71.

*Herculaneum swept both the boys and girls crowns in Class 2, marking the fifth time the dominant program has completed the double dip.

Click here for more coverage of the Missouri state meet by Dyestat.

Missouri cross country preview

August, 25, 2011
Today we'll branch out to cross country — you know, the sport that makes most of us look ridiculously out of shape.

Many of the main players from 2010 are back for more this season, starting with defending Gatorade State Runner of the Year, Zach Herriott from Rockhurst. Rock Bridge senior Caleb Wilfong is also one to watch now that his health problems of last year are behind him. Here's what DyeStat's Marc Bloom has to say about the upcoming season:
Unheralded Rock Bridge of Columbia is just sitting there with all 5 scorers back from its state Class 4 runner-up squad. Led by 4:12.89 1600 man Caleb Wilfong, the team’s quintet spread only 25 seconds last fall while coming within 23 points of victorious Lee’s Summit North. LSN loses 3 of 5.

St. Louis U., 3rd, is very deep and should be a threat. Rockhurst, led by individual defender Zach Herriott, 9:16.15 for 3200, is also strong. Another contender is Drew Cargill of all-time state leader West Plains, a dark horse this fall. Cargill was state 3200 runner-up in 9:14.11.

Click here to get the cross country scoop on all 50 states and here to get an idea of how the girls competition could shake out.

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.