Neosho cross-country runner Kaden Cole and Nevada golfer Emree Cameron were named Joplin Globe Preparation Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 18.
A senior at Neosho High School, Cole has put on a solid week for the Wildcats cross country team. He was the individual champion of the class 4-5 race at the Monett Richard “Whitey” Mettlach Invitational with a time of 17:16 to edge Monett’s Julio Cruz by almost a full minute on September 14.
Then, at the Missouri Southern Stampede on September 18, Cole (3:37 PM) was the top local player with a fifth place finish out of 262 runners in the men’s big division race.
“Kaden has worked very hard throughout his career to achieve his running goals,” said Neosho coach Emily Abell. “Monett was a very difficult course, but he ran a very smart race that day and worked the hills not only for an advantage but also for a great practice.
“At MSSU he ran an extremely fast race and surpassed his end-of-season goal, which was to run at 3:40 pm. He also broke his previous PR by around 40 seconds. I’m really proud of the way which he grew up with throughout his years in the cross country program, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the season takes him.
Cameron is only a few golf tournaments into his prep career, and the Nevada freshman phenomenon is racking up individual titles like a pro. She started her career shooting a 72 to win her first individual title at the Seneca Invitational on September 9.
On September 15, she shot a 74 and finished four strokes ahead of finalist Avery Chappell of Cassville to win medal honors at the Joplin Lady Eagle Invitational at Schifferdecker Golf Course.
“Emree is very consistent at the start,” said Nevada coach Brian Leonard. “She’s a long way off the tee and that gives her a big advantage over a lot of high school girls. She runs the irons rather than hitting the hybrids in the greens. This is a big advantage. She is very relaxed on the golf course. She played a lot of summer events and that helps a lot too. Just be consistent. That’s the key right now. She’s going to be between 70 and 70 almost every time. “
Cameron’s 72 on the par-74 at Eagle Creek Golf Course ended up being two strokes short of the MSHSAA state record for an 18-hole round on a par-74. The record had already been set by Meghan Mueller of Rock Bridge in 2008.
“She’s had some really good rounds,” said Leonard. “With her shooting in the 70s, the rest of the girls can shoot 95-100, and we’re all trying to come together and win the district tournament and declare ourselves as a team. She is doing all she can to help the team.
COACHES MAY NAME Athletes of the Week by emailing [email protected] before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Please attach a close-up photo of the athlete’s head and shoulders to the email. Rewards for October 2 will be based on performance from September 20 to 25.