Osage girls capture conference title

The battle for conference bragging rights took place on the 3.1 mile course at Mustang Memorial Park Thursday night as Eldon welcomed Osage, Versailles and the rest of the Tri-County for a conference race.

It was not a bad day for all three lake area schools as record books were updated and the Osage girls brought home a conference title.

The Osage girls bested the field with 31 team points while Eldon finished second with 47 and Versailles did not feature any runners in the race.

Osage’s Micah Hill paced the Indians with a time of 20 minutes and 13 seconds to finish second in the field of 48 runners, trailing only Southern Boone’s Cassey Poole who won the race with a time of 20:08. Hill also did not do her older sister Gabrielle Hill, a 2016 Osage grad, any favors by bumping her out of the top 10 all-time finishes on the course. Micah’s time of 20:13 is the fourth fastest conference race time recorded.

Meanwhile, the rest of the rest of the Osage team was just as impressive as all seven varsity runners earned All-Conference honors. Sarah Porter finished sixth for the Indians at 21:23, Neveah Henley was right behind her in seventh at 21:39, Sara Wolf came in ninth at 21:47, Alana Douglas earned 12th at 22:27, Karlie Minnehan took 13th at 22:28 and Megan Douglas rounded up the times with a 14th place finish at 22:46.

Eldon’s Faith Parrent led the Mustangs with a third place time of 20:16 and her efforts also landed her a spot in the top 10 all-time conference finishes where she currently sits in fifth. Nicole Reynolds finished fifth in the race at 21:14, Kelsey Wallis took 10th at 21:58, Alyssa Neighbors earned 17th at 22:55, Madison McGinnis came in 22nd at 24:27, Lauren Imler finished 24th at 25:02 and Felicity Blankenship earned 35th at 27:17. Parrent, Reynolds, Wallis and Neighbors all earned All-Conference honors.

The boys’ race saw California capture the conference title as the Pintos led the pack with 51 team points. Osage came in second with 64 points, Eldon took fourth with 95 points and Versailles earned seventh with 150 points.

Osage’s Derrick Puckett was the quickest Indian finishing second in the field of 104 runners with a time of 17:34. That effort was only bested by Warsaw’s Dallas Larsen who put up a time of 16:57. Osage also had other impressive All-Conference finishes from Chase Grosvenor who took ninth at 18:01 and Payton Bartlett who earned 14th at 18:20 respectively. Dale Lampe finished 17th at 18:36, Steven Crosby took 22nd at 18:48, Cooper Vickers came in 25th at 19:05 and Micah Lehenbauer wrapped things up in 27th at 19:06.

Eldon’s Caleb Cotten led the Mustangs and earned All-Conference honors by placing 10th with a time of 18:01. Aiden Gerber came in 16th at 18:35, John Markovitz finished 19th at 18:37, Isaiah Simmons earned 20th at 18:38, Austin Oberiether came in 30th at 19:09, Nick Young finished 49th at 20:43 and Cole Seay took 80th at 24:43.

It was a milestone day for Kendall Reger of Versailles. Reger not only earned All-Conference honors by finishing third with a time of 17:40, but also broke a school record. Ricky Zago was the next fastest Tiger at 19:33 which earned him 33rd, Cylan Burns took 40th at 20:05, Colbey Boicourt finished 43rd at 20:10, Juan Comstock took 50th at 20:45, Seth Newton came in 53rd at 21 minutes flat and Trent Hyman rounded things out in 58th at 21:28.

Osage was scheduled to race at St. Francis Borgia on Saturday and the Indians will be back in action for districts on October 28th at Moberly. Eldon will be at Mexico on Tuesday night at a time yet to be determined. Last but not least, Versailles was scheduled to wrap up the regular season at Vienna on Monday and the Tigers will return to the course for districts at Hermitage on October 28th.