Posted: Friday, 16 August 2013 2:22PM

Parkview XC runner Byrley going for all-state

Springfield, Mo. (  -- Parkview returns one of the state’s best runners in senior Cameron Byrley this year, and he has lofty goals in his final season.

“He has some big goals,” Parkview head coach Dan Hay said. “He should be our No. 1 runner again. His goal is to be top 10 at state.”

He has spent the last several years racing the Glendale super duo of Spencer Haik and Chris Mooneyham along with Kickapoo standout Ian Frazier.

All three finished in the top seven of the Class 4 state meet last year and Byrley is looking to replicate their successes after years of racing them.

“He has had his moments where he has beaten each one of those (runners),” Hay said. “It has helped him know that he can compete with them. When it comes down to consistency, they are consistently better than he is. That has been a good thing for him. That competition has helped him for sure.”

Byrley finished 32nd at the Class 4 State Cross Country meet last fall in Jefferson City, but he is the 12th fastest returner to the field with Haik leading the way as the Class 4 favorite.

Behind Byrley there will be some relatively new faces as the Vikings return just two more of their top seven from a year ago.

Marcus Bullard and Nic White are back from last season’s Ozark Conference team. Alex Moffett will step into the varsity line-up along with Colton Lewis, Jairus Burpo and Hussain Rao. Burpo comes over this year from the soccer team.

Joe Upton and Preston Burgess are two freshman faces to watch this fall as well.

On the girls’ side, gone is all-stater Sayra Villela, but the Vikings do bring a lot of upside to the course this fall.

Danielle Zimmer was Parkview’s No. 2 runner last year as she took up the sport for the first time as a junior. She promises to be even better this year with a strong track season under her belt.

Junior Monica Lienbeck and sophomores Izzy Yandell and Kaytlan Uhlman did not run last year, but all three look to be factors on the varsity this year.

Ashton Smith, Chloe Ragain, Caitlyn Kelly and Cecilia Villela all also look to factor into the scoring mix for the Vikings.

Much of Parkview’s success on the girls’ side will be determined by one key factor this year: health.

“We could have a good year if we can just stay healthy,” Hay said.

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