Osage girls finish 2nd in team standings

The course may have been wet and muddy, but that did not stop Osage, Eldon and Versailles cross country from taking on the competition at the Linn Invitational on Saturday.

A total of 21 boys’ teams, 15 girls’ teams and 267 runners were in action and by the time every runner crossed the finish line on the 3.1 mile course, the Osage girls produced the best finish of the Lake area taking second place with 98 points. Warrensburg won the team competition with 81 points while Eldon finished 10th at 263 and Versailles did not have enough runners to produce a team finish.

In the boys’ race, Osage placed sixth with 198 points while New Haven bested the field with 87 and Eldon captured 17th with 360. Again, Versailles did not have enough runners in action for team competition.

Osage’s Micah Hill turned in the top time for the Indians capturing fourth in a field of 125 with a time of 21 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a medal. Also medaling for Osage was Sara Wolf who placed fifth at 22:33, Nevaeh Henley who placed 13th at 23:26 and Sarah Porter who placed 30th at 24:22. Alana Douglas earned 42nd with a time of 25:53 and Grace Martin finished her day in 73rd at 26:36.

Meanwhile, the boys were led by Chase Grosvenor who captured ninth and medaled with a time of 18:36 in a field of 142. Also medaling was John Markovitz who placed 12th at 18:50 while Cooper Vickers took 53rd at 20:44, Harrison Adams earned 56th at 20:48, Ryan Page came in 70th at 21:21, Caysen Keeney earned 108th at 22:59 and Evan O’Shea finished his day 128th at 24:32.

The Eldon girls were paced by Lauren Imler in the season opener who placed 14th and medaled at 23:29. Kelsey Wallis finished her day 33rd at 24:35, Anna Herbert took 88th at 27:40, Madison McGinnis came in 98th at 28:44, Madeleine Heusley was right behind her in 99th at 28:51, Nicole Reynolds was 102nd at 29:29, Felicity Blankenship captured 108th at 30:21 and Kenzi Bustamante was 122nd at 34:53.

Caleb Martonfi was the frontrunner for the Eldon boys after finishing 11th and medaling at 18:45. Nicholas Martonfi finished 59th at 20:53, Isaiah Simmons placed 88th at 21:58, Aidan Gerber was 103rd at 22:37, Nick Young captured 111th at 23:05, Jason Ochs earned 133rd at 24:54 and Jackson Pearson took 138th at 26:36.

Versailles’ Carmen Lemell was the only girl to represent the Tigers on Saturday and she finished her day with a time of 26:29 to finish 72nd. Meanwhile, Seth Newton, Noah Dykzeul and Trent Hyman represented the boys. Newton was the top runner of the trio after placing 68th with a time of 21:09 while Dykzeul was 87th at 21:55 and Hyman was 121st at 23:50.

Osage will be back in action at the Missouri Southern State University Stampede in Joplin on Saturday while Versailles heads to the Smith-Cotton Invitational in Sedalia. Eldon’s next meet will be the Rolla Invitational on September 20.