Eldon’s Faith Parrent takes first with the top time

Eldon made a little trip up north to Westphalia on Saturday to take on schools across mid-Missouri in the Fatima Invitational.

It was a good day for the Mustangs as runners in both the girls and boys’ races medaled and one Mustang even came out on top and bested the rest of the field. At the end of the day, the Eldon girls placed second out of the three schools who recorded team scores with 32 points while the hometown Comets of Fatima won the event with 23 points respectively. Meanwhile, the Eldon boys placed third out of nine schools in the team rankings with 120 points while Fatima came out on top again with 38 points.

A total of 50 girls hit the course Saturday morning and Eldon’s Faith Parrent was the fastest among them as she won the 3.1 mile race with a time of 21 minutes and 21 seconds, outpacing Fatima’s Alexis Fischer by 44 seconds. Nicole Reynolds was the next quickest Mustang finishing eighth at 23:30, Kelsey Wallis was right behind her in ninth at 23:40, Mariah Wardenburg took 11th at 23:49, Lauren Imler earned 15th at 24:37, Madison McGinnis came in 23rd at 26:18 and Felicity Blankenship rounded out the pack in 32nd with a time of 28:34.

In the boys’ race, Caleb Cotten finished 17th out of 65 runners with a time of 19:08 to lead Eldon. John Markovitz finished 21st at 19:20, Isaiah Simmons came in 30th at 20:12, Brayden Wickam took 35th at 20:46, Austin Oberiether finished right behind him in 36th at 20:50, Aiden Gerber earned 37th at 20:58 and Nick Young came in 44th with a time of 21:48.

Up next for the Mustangs is the district meet where Eldon will look to advance as many runners as possible onto state. Eldon will be in action in the Class 3 District 5 race at Moberly on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.