Versailles, Eldon and Climax Springs battle in Russellville and Camdenton takes on the Ozark Conference

Versailles, Eldon and Climax Springs battle in Russellville

Runners from Versailles and Eldon took on the hills of Russellville on Saturday where a field of 103 boys and 61 girls set out for a 3.1 mile run.

By the end of the day, the Eldon girls finished second out of six teams in the final standings with 59 points, trailing only Smith-Cotton’s 51. Meanwhile, the boys finished ninth out of 14 teams with 209 points while California claimed the top prize with 58. Versailles and Climax Springs did not have enough runners on hand to qualify for team results.

Versailles’ Allison Taylor placed sixth with a time of 22:38 to earn a medal as the lone Tiger to represent the girls. On the boys’ side, Jacob Schrock paced the Tigers with a 20:40 to finish 35th, Noah Dykzeul took 37th at 20:45, Seth Newton placed 69th at 22:10 and Trent Hyman ended his day in 72nd at 22:21.

Eldon’s Caleb Martonfi had a solid day for the Mustang boys after placing fourth with a time of 18:12 to earn a medal. Aiden Gerber finished 28th at 19:59, Nicholas Martonfi earned 29th at 20:01, Nick Young captured 78th at 22:51, Jacob Young finished 89th at 23:56 and Jason Ochs was 94th at 25:11.

In the girls’ race, it was Eldon’s Lauren Imler who led the Mustangs and picked up a medal with a time of 21:46 to finish second in the field. She only trailed Blair Oaks’ Kati Schoeneberg by about 27 seconds. Nicole Reynolds also earned a medal with a 12th place time of 23:12, Kelsey Wallis did the same finishing 15th at 23:42, Anna Herbert finished 34th at 27:09, Madeleine Heusley took 37th at 27;36, Madison McGinnis placed 47th at 30:10, Felicity Blankenship took 48th at 30:19 and Kenzi Bustamante finished 49th at 30:23.

The Climax Springs girls were paced by Abby Wolf as she finished 32nd with a time of 26:38. Autumn Wallace was right behind her in 33rd at 27:06, Page Orr took 50th at 30:44 and Maranda Burke earned 52nd at 31:07.

Randy Smith was the fastest runner for the Climax Springs boys after finishing 34th in the field with a time of 20:39. James McCartney was the other Cougar in action and he placed 44th at 21:02.

Versailles will visit Stover on Wednesday for its next race at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Eldon will prepare to host versailles and the rest of the Tri-County Conference on Thursday at 4 p.m., and Climax Springs is scheduled to be in Humansville on Saturday.

Camdenton takes on the Ozark Conference

Camdenton was at Lake Springfield on Saturday to settle bragging rights with the rest of the Ozark Conference.

It was a day that Camdenton coach David Weber felt could have gone better as the boys finished fifth and the girls placed eighth. Kickapoo took the conference title on the boys side and West Plains took the crown in the girls’ race.

“It was a more difficult course, it was hot and the overall times by all of the runners in the meet were slower than normal, but we just did not race that well,” Weber said. “I preach to the kids about running well late in the season and we just did not do it.”

The Camdenton boys were led by Jake Thoenen who finished 16th in a field of 63 with a time of 19:06. Garrett Mason placed 23rd at 19:40, Andrew DiBello finished 27th at 20:19, Levi Findley came in 29th at 20:28 and Gage Hauck took 32nd at 20:33.

“I really thought the boys team would finish higher, but we had some trouble out there,” Weber stated. “The best I can say about the boys’ race is that our top five were all in the top half of runners.”

In the girls’ race, Skyler Sweezor led the way with a time of 24:27 to earn 22nd in a field of 54. Cambrie Kowall captured 30th at 25:24, Alexis Rosack took 41st at 26:53, Maria Alfaro earned 44th at 27:05, Emme Thompson placed 49th at 28:11 and Emily Willis finished 51st at 28:40. It was the first varsity race for several Lakers as Sweezor and Kowall were the only two varsity runners throughout the year.

“I expected the girls to not have a great team finish because we have very little varsity experience and I believe most of the girls ran slower due to this being their first varsity race,” Weber said. “But they did finish as a team and made the most of it.”

Camdenton will now have some time to prepare for districts on October 20.

“My hope is that we can get our runners back on track in the next two weeks for districts and improve upon our team effort,” Weber said.