Mexico's girls finished on top of the podium, Centralia's Jozelyn Bostick outpaced the field in the girls competition. Meanwhile the Bulldogs' Thomas Peuster captured second and Bryson Powell of the …
Mexico's girls finished on top of the podium, Centralia's Jozelyn Bostick outpaced the field in the girls competition. Meanwhile the Bulldogs' Thomas Peuster captured second and Bryson Powell of the Missouri Military Academy earned a top five on the boys side as the cross country season opened on Friday evening.
Bostick covered the Green Estate course in 20:35.97 to take gold in the girls portion of the Mexico Fall Invitational. Pressley Schmauch of North Callaway crossed in third, recording a time of 22.08.25 on the 5000 meter layout. Another Centralia runner, Shelby Lewis, claimed a top ten, finishing in 23:14.07
It was the Bulldogs consistency that put them up front in team points. Four of the five runners were medalists, led by Sidney Turlington. At 10:23.28 she grabbed the final top ten spot.
Kalea Henneberry, Kali Turlington and Jordan Wyeman were bunched close behind, at 13th, 17th and 18th, respectively. Mya Miller came in 32nd in the 72 girl field.
Central took silver as a team, boosted by Bostick and Clark, along with Gretchen Marriott, who finished 14th at 23:48.64. Annie Robinson (31) and Rylee Palmer (45) filled out the Panthers' top five.
Macon, Salisbury, Monroe City, North Callaway and Mark Twain followed in team points.
The Thunderbirds put on a strong showing. In addition to Schmauch's bronze, twins Rachael and Piper Jeffries crossed almost side by side in 23rd and 24th. Both recorded 24:11 times, with Rachael just a four-tenths ahead.
Lydia Backer in 41st and Caitlyn Sobba in 48th completed North Callaway's top five.
Van-Far's Madelynn Caldwell finished 39th in the crowded field to lead the Indians small team. She was joined at the starting line by Erin Childs, who came in 50th, and Alana Bryan, who ended up in 57th.
Callie Jennings, Community R-6's lone entry, ran 54th.
Peuster second in boys competition
Ninety boys took on the Green Estate course, paced by Ben Chance of Bowling Green at 17:33.39.
In a packed field of nine full squads, Central placed second behind Bowling Green. Mexico tallied enough points for fourth, just back of Hannibal, while the Missouri Military Academy finished in sixth and North Callaway seventh.
Peuster ran well back of Chance, but opened a gap between third and fourth that gave him a comfortable second at 17:55.44. Hannibal's Cameron Nichols clocked 30 seconds behind Peuster, who was challenged by MMA's Powell.
The Colonels' top runner on the evening finished fourth with a time of 18:32.89.
Dylan Hoyt, going solo for Community R-6, crossed at a respectable pace of 19:36.39 to claim 14th.