COLUMBIA — Hickman senior Nicole Mello finished second in the Class 4 girls state cross-country meet Saturday in Jefferson City, crossing the finish line in the 3,000-meter event in 18:40. She finished ninth in the same race last year, falling early on before recovering for a Top 10 finish.
Mello won the district title in the event Oct. 20, finishing in 19:02. It was the fourth individual district title of her career.
Kewpies senior Ethan Zars finished 25th in the boys state race Saturday in 16:33. The finish was a significant improvement from Zars' finish in his junior season, when he finished outside of the top 100.
Hickman coach Steve Kissane said after the event that he was proud of both runners, and that Saturday was a great day for Hickman cross-country.
While Hickman did not participate in the team championship, both the Rock Bridge boys and girls teams finished in the top 10.
Junior Evan Schulte (fifth in 16:03) and senior Nathan Keown (16th in 16:28) helped the boys squad to a ninth-place finish.
Senior Megan Schulte led the girls team to a fifth-place finish with a time of 19:32, good enough for the 21st-best individual time.