Lakers, Indians and Tigers bring home medals

Runners were put to the test at the Hermitage Invitational on Saturday.

With a field of 125 boys and 66 girls representing schools of varying sizes across mid-Missouri, a medal would not exactly be easy to come by. Camdenton, Osage, Versailles, Macks Creek and Climax Springs were among those schools and the Lake area was well represented as Lakers, Indians and Tigers walked away with medals.


The Osage girls produced the best team finish of the Lake area as they captured fifth out of nine total teams in the large school division with 120 points while Bolivar took the top prize with 51 points respectively. The Indians were led by Micah Hill who finished seventh individually with a time of 21:30. Sara Wolf placed 14th at 22:10, Sarah Porter 28th at 23:05, Nevaeh Henley 34th at 23:33, Alana Douglas 43rd at 24:40, Grace Martin 54th at 26:03 and Destin Allen 59th at 26:49.

The Osage boys took on 12 other teams and came away with a seventh place finish at 198 points while Nixa came out on top with 58. Chase Grosvenor finished 14th in the large school division with a time of 18:05, John Markovitz 25th at 18:31, Cooper Vickers 44th at 19:48, Harrison Adams 55th at 20:30, Ryan Page 60th at 20:52, Caysen Keeney 71st at 22:50 and Evan O’Shea 74th at 23:15.

School of the Osage will head to Camdenton on Saturday for a race at Ha Ha Tonka State Park at 9:30 a.m.


The Camdenton boys had several notable finishes as the Lakers finished fifth in the final team standings of the large school division with 132 points. Garrett Mason led the way with a fifth place time of 17:11 for the Lakers while Jake Thoenen captured 11th at 17:56, Andrew DiBello 34th at 19:05, Gage Hauck 40th at 19:37, Levi Findley 42nd at 19:23 and Sam Gray 58th at 20:39.

The Laker girls featured two runners in action and Skyler Sweezor finished 35th with a time of 23:37 while Cambrie Kowal took 41st at 24:29. With only two runners competing at the varsity level, Camdenton did not qualify for a team finish.

Camdenton will be in familiar territory for its next meet as the Lakers host their annual race at Ha Ha Tonka State Park on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.


Versailles’ best finish of the day came from the feet of Allison Taylor as she captured eighth in the small school division with a time of 23:14. Meanwhile, Carmen Lemell produced a 21st place finish with a time of 25:34 to earn a medal as well. With only two runners on hand, there was no team result.

The Versailles boys featured a trio of runners and Seth Newton was the fastest Tiger of the bunch as he finished 53rd with a time of 20:28. Meanwhile, Noah Dykzeul finished 79th at 21:38 and Trent Hyman finished 108th at 23:14. Again, the Tigers did not have enough runners to qualify in the team standings.

Up next for Versailles is the Moberly Invitational on Thursday at 4 p.m.


Macks Creek’s Molly Phillips put together the best finish for the Pirates in the small school division as she placed 21st at 26:01. Chelsey Brown crossed the finish line in 52nd at 29:15 and Jesse Willis put up a time of 32:31 to finish 64th in the girls’ race.

The Macks Creek boys had six runners in action and the Pirates finished 13th in the small school division with 344 points while New Haven finished first with a total of 77. Grant English paced the Pirates with a 77th place finish at 21:30 while Kaiedon Bentch took 85th at 21:57, Austin Brown 94th at 22:28, Caleb Leach 99th at 22:55, Oscar Cortez 117th at 25:43 and Daniel Strutz 118th at 26:05.

Up next for Macks Creek is the Buffalo Invitational on October 11.


Climax Springs had a couple of runners towards the top of the pack. In the girls’ race, Abigale Wolfe produced the best time with a 38th place finish in the small school division at 26:51 while Cierra Drake took 45th at 28:06, Paige Orr 56th at 29:42 and Maranda Burke 58th at 30:07.

The boys were led Cole Smith who finished 38th at 20:01 while James McCartney turned in a 61st place time of 20:38 and Grant Madsen finished 124th at 32:15.

Climax Springs will also be at the Buffalo Invitational on October 11.