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posted Dec 26, 2015, 5:53 PM by Dale Shepherd

Because of the rain, we decided to have the 7th annual get-together at West.  We had four different decades of Longhorn alumni and present athletes represented (80s, 90s, 00s and 10s)a nice turnout of 31*.  The oldest attendee was the old coach (70) and the youngest Nate Chisholm's daughter (Brooke) who is 2 months.  We are trying to expand the invitation to present and former track & field athletes, also, and had three in attendance.

The damp weather did not keep a group of individuals from going for a run..."Exercise is cheap medicine"!

The oldest athlete in attendance was Brian Thomas (1988).  He wore his letter jacket, and it still fits.  Unfortunately we do not see those much anymore.

*The total numbers jumped to 31 because as I was getting ready to leave Zach Edmonson (1998) and his family (total of 4) had just driven in from Chicago (they had not even gone to Zach's parents' house yet) and were hoping that there would still be someone at school.

Those in attendance besides the ones already mentioned were:

Ron Cross                                - 1991
Mark Brimer                             - 1991
Matt Peters                              - 1994
Nate Chisholm and family         - 1998
Peter Blair                                -  2004
Bryant Blair and dad (Tom)      - 2009
Sam Lillard                               - 2011
Bryan Witt                                - 2011
James Blair                             - 2012
Jeremy Busch                         - 2012
Chris Carter                            - 2013
Maggie Hulen                         - 2017
Cibby Kimbrough                    - 2017
Jamie Poppen                        - 2017
Kyle Anderson                        - 2018
Zane Yates and dad               - 2019

Coach John
Coach Witt and husband, Aaron
Coach Cutelli
Coach Hess
the old coach




posted Dec 26, 2015, 6:56 AM by Dale Shepherd

Due to the weather and weather predictions we will meet at West instead of Queeny.  If it is not raining, you can still go for a run on some of the old "Runs in the Subdivisions".




posted Dec 14, 2015, 8:16 AM by Dale Shepherd   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 8:20 AM ]


We will meet SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 (10:00AM) in the upper parking lot at Queeny.

Those that want to, may go for a run before 10:00 (if you have a long run planned), or after we meet at 10:00, or you can just visit and share stories.  It is important that we all try to be present at 10:00 to make introductions.

Hot chocolate and bagels will be provided, and we even had a fire last year. 

Last year we met on Christmas Eve morning and still had 17 attend with Ben Davis (1991) being the elder statesman.  Our record is 30...LET'S BEAT THAT!

Please, pass the word, and if you have any questions you can contact "the old coach" at 314-704-8586 or sdshepherd@mindspring.com

In the event of TERRIBLE weather, we will meet at West High.  I will post on this website, ONLY, if we have to change.

I know that this is a busy time of the year, but I hope that you can find the time to attend and visit. 

I look forward to seeing you there. 

Dale Shepherd

Tentative 2015 schedule

posted Mar 20, 2015, 9:36 PM by Kevin John

8/28 - Parkway Quad - V, JV, FR
9/12 - Stan Nelson Invite @ Northwest Intermediate - V, JV, FR
9/19 - Parkway Central Invite @ P. Central - V, JV, FR
9/26 - Hancock Invite @ Jefferson Barracks - V, JV
9/28 - Blowpop Invite @ Kirkwood Park - JV, FR
10/3 - Parkway West Invite @ Living Word - V, JV, FR
10/10 - Conference @ P. Central - V, JV, FR
10/15 - Patriot Classic - JV, FR
10/16 - 2 mile dual meet @ P. West track - V
10/23 - Clayton Invite @ Shaw Park - JV, FR
10/24 - Districts - V
10/28 - Findley Invite @ Forest Park - JV, FR
10/31 - Sectionals - V
11/7 - State @ Oak Hills Jeff City - V

6th Annual Longhorn Run/Get-together

posted Dec 24, 2014, 3:04 PM by Dale Shepherd

Well, the rain/snow held off and we had a turnout of 17.  It was good to talk to those in attendance...maybe Christmas Eve was not the best day but I think it was a success.  We had a warm fire, hot chocolate, bagels, conversation and some went for a run.

It was decided that next year we will meet on the day after Christmas, Saturday, December 26.

Ben Davis (1991) wins the prize for the oldest alum present.  Those in attendance this year in addition to Ben:

Ross Larimer - 2008
James Liao -  2014
Philip Aden - 2015
Evan Wright - 2015
Jacob Cupps - 2016
Jon Janson - 2016 (plus parents and sister)
Grant Aden - 2017
Andrew Lofgren - 2018 (plus parents)

Old Coach Shepherd
Coach Witt
Coach John

Thanks to everyone that was able to attend.

6th Annual Longhorn Alumni Run/Get-Together

posted Dec 17, 2014, 6:26 PM by Dale Shepherd


Last year the weather was bad, and we had it on the Saturday before Christmas, and we still had 14 present.  Our record is 30 individuals and coaches from three different decades...LET'S BEAT THAT!

Last year we agreed on Wednesday, December 24 at 9:30.  We understand it is Christmas Eve day, but it is still probably the best day to get the most out-of-town individuals.

Hot chocolate and bagels will be provided.

Please pass the word,  and if you have any questions, you can contact "the old coach" at 636-227-9063 or email me at sdhshepherd@mindspring.com.

In the event of terrible weather, the make-up day will be Friday, December 26 @ 9:30.  I will post on this website ONLY if we change.


Coach Shepherd

Longhorns Qualify for State!!

posted Nov 2, 2014, 7:11 PM by Kevin John

Congrats to Andrew Osborne, Evan Wright, Philip Aden, Logan Stucki, Blake Selm, Matt Morgan, and Kyle Andersen for qualifying on Saturday to the State meet with a third place finish at the Sectional meet in Farmington.  It is the 27th time in school history and was a very satisfying achievement.  These guys have done everything they could to earn this trip, and they deserve it.  I am especially happy for the seniors who have worked hard for 4 years.  

Andrew ran a fantastic race.  I knew times on the course were likely to be fast, but 16:06 is remarkable.  He seemed to be thinking that his training this season was not sufficient enough to run a really fast time, so we can throw that theory out the window.  He has been good all season, but he took another step up in performance at just the right time.  Evan also ran really well.  He has improved every single time out this season, and I expect that to continue for another week.  Philip and Logan must have lost focus in the middle mile, but otherwise ran well enough to get the team through.  It was left to Blake to clinch the 3rd place position.  He moved up throughout the race and gave the team a boost when we needed it.  His racing tactics are well beyond his years.  Kyle also ran much better this week.  Both freshmen looked more comfortable this week and were able to just go out and race.  When they do that, their talent shines through.  It was quite the struggle for Matt.  He was too focused on the course, and not focused enough on his race.

With the girls team also qualifying, it was an all-around great day for Parkway West XC.  This Saturday should be as well, as the State meet is truly an experience that everyone lucky enough to participate in it will remember for a long time!

The State meet will be held in Jefferson City at Oak Hills Golf Course.  The Class 4 boys race is at 9:00 AM and the girls race at 10:05 AM.  The awards ceremony is at 10:40 AM.

A couple things for those planning to attend:

-There will be an entry fee of $7 per person.
-Parking will be an issue.  Leave plenty of time to get there and park.  There will be a free shuttle bus to the course for those who choose to park at Jefferson City High School.
-Dogs are not allowed on the course.
-There should be NO STUDENTS staying in Jefferson City on Friday night that are not accompanied by a parent or coach.  This is not a Parkway West rule or even a MSHSAA rule.  The city of Jefferson City has asked us to abide by this rule.
-Ellis Blvd. (the street which the course is on) will be 1-way all day Saturday.

Congrats again and I look forward to the excitement, challenges and opportunities on Saturday!!

Coach John

Findley Invitational

posted Oct 26, 2014, 12:44 PM by Kevin John

On Wednesday, the JV and Freshman will compete in the Findley Invitational.  For most, it will be the last race of the season.  The meet is at Forest Park, in the Central Fields near the Jewel Box.  Take Highway 40 to Hampton, and then at the circle drive follow the signs for Wells Drive.  This should take you to the course.

The freshmen race is at 4:30 and the JV race is at 5:10.  

Most of the parking is along the streets near the course.  Do not leave anything visible in your car!!!  We did have a parent get their car broken in to during the meet a few years ago.

Longhorns qualify for Sectionals!!

posted Oct 26, 2014, 12:09 PM by Kevin John

It was not our best, but the Longhorns ran well enough to advance to the Class 4 Sectional race on Saturday at Farmington.  The seniors led the way for the Longhorns, all finishing in the top 30 individually.  This time of year, it is nice to have 4 seniors to lead the way.  Coach Witt provided the team with a spaghetti dinner to celebrate, which was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone!!

We now set our sights on the Sectional meet.  With another top 4 finish, we can achieve our third and final goal of qualifying for the State meet!

The Sectional meet will be held at Engler Park in Farmington.  It is an easy drive and takes a little over an hour to get there.  Directions to Engler Park.  It would be great to see a lot of Longhorn supporters make the trip!  

Varsity Boys - 10 AM
Varsity Girls - 11 AM
Open Race - 12:15 PM (Any Parkway West athletes wanting to compete in the open race can do so).
Awards - 1 PM

We should return to West around 3 PM.

Class 4, District 2

posted Oct 19, 2014, 5:33 PM by Kevin John

The District meet will be held at Parkway Central this Saturday, October 25th.  It is the first step in qualifying for the State meet!  It should once again be a very competitive race, and it will be fun to see the Longhorns participate!!  

The boys race is at 9:00 AM and the girls race is at 9:40 AM.  Although we will not be racing anybody in the open race, it is highly encouraged that all team members come out to support the team!

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