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Les Coureurs des Bois was ‘magnifique’

By on October 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Pictured is Valmeyer’s Morgan Redohl just as she ascends the top of the levee in the Les Coureurs des Bois cross country meet at Fort de Chartres. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

It was a quintessential fall day, all wrapped up in the perfect package of Fort de Chartres scenery last Wednesday near Prairie du Rocher.

For the second year, the Les Coureurs des Bois was the ideal setting for a cross-country meet.

“I thought it was going to be pretty cool because it is around the fort,” Valmeyer runner Morgan Redohl said. “I live pretty close to here, so its pretty cool. I didn’t really like all the hills though.”

Despite the serene backdrop, the course that takes runners in a figure eight around the fort grounds and up and down the levee hill several times did prove to be a good challenge before regionals this weekend.

Locally, Valmeyer, Gibault, and Red Bud runners competed among the likes of Marissa, New Athens, Okawville, Chester, Steeleville, and First Baptist Christian High School, with Red Bud taking home top honors on the day.

“It was a really nice day running and it was only our second time running on this course and even though it was our meet we have only run up here one more time other than everyone else,” said Red Bud runner Brittney Burmester, who finished first in the girls meet in 18:59. Her teammate, Deanna Deterding, finished right behind her in 19:35.

Morgan Redohl came in third for the Pirates with a time of 20:56. Redohl said she has been battling to close the gap between herself and Red Bud with Burmester finishing first in the majority of the meets this season with Deterding right behind her.

“I just can’t seem to beat those two girls,” Redohl said and laughed.

Valmeyer’s Emilee Mosbacher finished fourth.

Hannah O’Neal, Gibault’s top female competitor,  missed the meet due to a back injury that she has been battling off and on all season. Coach Heather Johnson says she expects O’Neal to be back and well rested for the post-season.

The Lady Musketeers took first as a team, with Valmeyer coming in second and New Athens in third.

In the boys race, New Athens topped Red Bud, despite Ethan DuClos finishing in first for the Musketeers with a time of 17:21. Steeleville rounded out the top three teams.

Gibault’s Nathan Schmidt finished third, three seconds behind Chazz Phelps of Marissa.

Johnson said she thinks Schmidt would have wanted that second place ribbon but that this race was for training purposes.

“We are at kind of an interesting point in the season, we have two weeks left to go in the season and this was the last meet before regionals,” Johnson said. “So, right now we are training, so I think he ran great.”

Valmeyer’s Matt Hemenway finished fourth.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.