OSAGE AND ELDON
School of the Osage and Eldon have qualified for the biggest race of the year.
The Indians and Mustangs were in Class 3 District 5 action at Moberly on Saturday looking to advance runners to the state meet in Jefferson City. Only the top 15 runners or top two teams in the team standings qualified and both teams were among those qualifiers.
For the second straight year and only the second time in program history, the Osage girls advanced the entire team to state finishing second in the team standings with 66 points while district champion Helias Catholic won the event with 23 points respectively.
Osage junior Micah Hill was the frontrunner once again for the Indians, finishing fourth out of 65 total runners with a time of 20:57. Meanwhile, freshman Sara Wolf finished 18th at 21:54, sophomore Sarah Porter was right behind her in 19th at 21:55, senior Karlie Minnehan took 20th at 22:06, sophomore Neveah Henley earned 21st at 22:07, freshman Alana Douglas earned 25th at 22:27 and senior Reagen Page wrapped things up in 37th at 23:30.
The Eldon girls earned fifth out of eight total teams with 118 points, but one runner did make it through and qualify for state as senior Faith Parrent finished third overall with a time of 20:47. Parrent’s efforts helped end a brief drought for the Mustangs and put Eldon back at state for the first time since 2015.
Junior Nicole Reynolds was the next quickest Mustang finishing 30th at 22:55. Senior Alysa Neighbors earned 32nd at 23:01, sophomore Lauren Imler took 35th at 23:16, junior Mariah Wardenburg came in 36th at 23:19, sophomore Kelsey Wallis took 41st at 23:57 and sophomore Madison McGinnis came away with a 57th place finish at 27:05.
In the boys’ race Osage finished fourth with 121 points while Eldon earned fifth with 159 points. Helias Catholic was also the district champion with 41 total points to make it a Crusader sweep.
Osage did qualify one runner for state though as senior Derrick Puckett earned the 15th and final spot with a time of 18:06 out of 79 total runners. Sophomore teammate Chase Grosvenor narrowly missed the cut finishing 16th with a time of 18:08. Senior Payton Bartlett came in 23rd with a time of 18:34, senior Steven Crosby took 30th at 19:05, junior Dale Lampe earned 37th at 19:20, junior Steven Vickers came in 51st at 20:03 and Mitchell Turner finished the day in 53rd at 20:17.
Eldon senior Caleb Cotten just missed out on a state bid as he led the Mustangs with a 20th place time of 18:22. Freshman John Markovitz took 27th at 18:57, freshman Aidan Gerber came in 34th at 19:09, sophomore teammate Brayden Wickham finished right behind him in 35th at 19:14, junior Isaiah Simmons came in 43rd at 19:32, sophomore Austin Oberreither took 46th at 19:39 and junior Nicholas Young ended his day in 68th at 21:11.
The state meet will take place on Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. The Class 3 girls’ race is scheduled for 11:55 a.m., and the Class 3 boys’ will conclude the day with the final race starting at 1:05 p.m.
Versailles senior Kendall Reger is returning to state.
Reger and the Tigers were in Class 2 District 7 action at Hermitage on Saturday where Versailles finished ninth out of 12 teams in the final standings with 182 points while Stockton took the district title with 37 points respectively.
Reger finished eighth out of 85 runners with a time of 18:01 and the senior is certainly trending in the right direction after finishing 72nd in the state with a time of 18:32 a year ago. Meanwhile, sophomore Cylan Burns took 30th at 19:58, junior Colbey Boicourt earned 32nd at 20:03, freshman Ricky Zago came in 49th at 20:55, freshman Seth Newton earned 64th at 21:54, senior Juan Comstock finished right behind him in 65th and sophomore Trent Hyman wrapped up the day in 78th at 24:01.
The Class 2 boys’ race will take place on Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City at 10:10 a.m. Tiger Nation will host a “Send-Off” for Reger at the school before he heads to Jeff City at 7:30 a.m. The police department will also be providing an escort out of town.