Cross Country runner named Athlete of the Week

Cameron High School’s latest Athlete of the Week comes from the Cross Country team. Jacob Barbee, a junior, had his second consecutive Second Team All-Conference finish, along with his second consecutive top-ten finish last Thursday, October 10 at the team’s meet in St. Joseph at Krug Park. Barbee also ran ran his second-best season time at 18:21.0.

“Jacob Barbee is one of the more liked and respected male runners in the MEC.” Head Coach Kurt Dickkut said. “Day in and day out, he brings his best to practices and meets. I’m really happy for him with how his season is winding down as he had a bit of a rough patch earlier but persevered and pushed through it. He came back to earn his All-MEC spot and we hope it continues on through districts this week.”

In his interview for Cameron’s KKWK 100.1 FM regional radio station, Barbee spoke of his success at the meet, and the strategical factors that contribute to his performances. 

“It was a tougher course.” he said. “The first half of the first mile was all downhill, and then you turned around and ran right back up it, and you did that twice. Normally the hills vary location-wise. Sometimes they’re in the back so you have to be conservative.”

Barbee also mentions the team’s preparation for this Saturday’s district meet at Maryville.

“Since we’re winding down, we’re not going to do anything stupid to jeopardize our muscles and go into Saturday fully ready.”

Barbee is additionally involved in basketball as well as track and field.


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