Hannibal’s Griffin Finishes 8th in the State at Cross Country Championships

Ben Griffin of Hannibal, seen in a track meet event in April, 2011.
Ben Griffin of Hannibal, seen in a track meet event in April, 2011.

Hannibal standout runner Ben Griffin added one more honor to his excellent season Saturday at the state cross country meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

Griffin took 8th place honors in the Class C 5,000 meter race.

He posted a time of 17:50.4.

The race ends Griffin’s season, which saw him place second in a race in an international meet in Australia earlier in the year.

Fulton’s Kyle Loftus finished 70th in the Class B meet, posting a time of 18:40.2.

Mexico’s James Gowans finished 8th in the same race, at 17:26.5.

And Sandy Creek’s Cody Donahue finished 30th in the Class D race, running the course in 19:08.4