Camdenton opens up season at Bolivar

Camdenton began its journey at the SWCCCA Meet in Bolivar on Saturday where some Lakers were eager to build on last year’s campaign while others were seeing high school competition for the first time.

Overall, it was a day Camdenton coach David Weber could be pleased with.

“This was a good first meet for us as several kids had some good times and others are just getting used to racing at the high school level,” the coach said. “It was definitely a warm day for racing and the course was a bit soft, but all in all it was a nice start to the season.”

Camdenton’s Garrett Mason paced the Laker boys with a time of 17:19, which earned the returning state qualifier an eighth place finish and a medal. Meanwhile, Jake Thoenen finished his day at 17:51 to capture 16th, Andrew DiBello put up a time of 19:11 to take 47th and Sam Gray turned in a time of 21 minutes to finish 97th.

The Camdenton girls were led by Skyler Sweezor who finished 23rd with a time of 22:13 and Cambrie Kowal finished 46th with a time of 23:55.

“Garrett and Jake had good performances,” Weber stated. “Skyler and Cambrie put forth good efforts as well.”

Camdenton will return to action on Monday with a trip to Lebanon at 4 p.m.

Osage and Versailles takes on Jim Marshall Invitational

Osage and Versailles was in Cole County Saturday morning for the season opener and the Indians and Tigers did not walk away empty-handed as a few runners came home with medals.

The Osage girls placed fifth in the large school division and the boys captured eighth. Meanwhile, Versailles competed in the small school division and did not have enough runners in either race to qualify in team competition.

Micah Hill paced the Osage girls with a time of 22:29 to finish seventh in the race and earn a medal. Sara Wolf was right behind her with a time of 22:30 to finish eighth an also acquire a medal while Never Henley placed 21st at 23:20, Sarah Porter 39th at 25:04, Alana Douglas 44th at 26:39, Grace Martin 50th at 28:51 and Destin Allen 51st at 29:22. 

Meanwhile, the boys were led by Chase Grosvenor who captured 17th and picked up a medal with a time of 18:50 in the 3.1 mile course. John Markovitz came in 33rd at 19:58, Harrison Adams 41st at 20:38, Ryan Page 50th at 21:35, Cooper Vickers 54th at 22 minutes, Caysen Keeney 58th at 22:46 and Evan O’Shea 64th at 24:24

With two runners out of the lineup due to illness or injury and others not having much experience at the high school level, it was a day Versailles coach Laura Piercy could be pleased with.

“We had one senior who had not run since her sophomore year, one sophomore who did not run this course last year due to injury and three freshmen run. Quite a young and inexperienced roster when you look at it that way, but overall I am pleased with the results,” the coach said. “The course is very hilly, making it a demanding course, and the high humidity and heat made running the course even more difficult.”

Senior Allison Taylor led the charge for the Tigers after finishing seventh in the small school girls’ division with a time of 24:21. Meanwhile, sophomore Seth Newton placed 28th with a time of 21:56 in the small school boys’ division while freshman Noah Dykzeul earned 33rd at 22:23 and fellow freshman Dagan Haggerman captured 48th at 25:30.

Osage and Versailles will be back in action on Saturday for a meet at Linn starting at 9 a.m.