Camdenton takes on the Ozark Conference and Versailles battles in Russellville

Camdenton takes on the Ozark Conference

Camdenton gathered with the rest of the Ozark Conference on Saturday in Springfield where a spot on the All-Conference teams are reserved for just the top 14. 

One Laker was able to make the cut as Jake Thoenen finished 12th with a time of 18:13 to make 2nd Team All-Conference. 

"Jake admittedly did not feel great today, but battled hard to the finish to earn the spot," Camdenton coach David Weber said. 

Another Laker nearly made the cut as Clare Holmes finished 15th with a time of 22:24. Holmes was not feeling 100 percent either, but Weber is optimistic for her future and Thonen's as well. 

"Clare was having breathing issues due to a sinus problem but still did her best under the circumstances. I know both Jake and Clare wanted to run better today, but they will have another great chance at districts in two weeks," the coach noted. 

The next fastest Laker boy was Gage Hauck who captured 21st at 19:08 and he was followed by Aidan Downey who finished 39th at 20:16, Zach Davis 50th at 21:18 and Gage Ullrich 58th at 23:08. Meanwhile, Cambrie Kowal placed 20th for the Laker girls at 23:17, Maria Alfaro finished 45th at 25:49, Maeven Weber 51st at 27 minutes, Adrienne Hafley 53rd at 29:20 and Emily Willis 54th at 29:50. 

"I thought both Gage and Cambrie had real good races today as well. Cambrie ran over two minutes faster than last year and was really solid," Weber noted. "Gage was over a minute faster than his 2018 effort. Aidan and Maeven also put in good efforts for the team on a very tough and hilly course."

Up next for the Lakers is districts at Nixa on October 26. 

Versailles battles in Russellville

Versailles was one of 11 total schools in the Russellville Invitational on Saturday where the boys finished 11th and the girls did not compete in team competition. 

The Tiger boys finished with 259 points while Capital City won the meet with 35 points. 

Versailles was led by Seth Newton who placed 54th with a time of 20:46 in a field of 93 runners. Noah Dykzeul captured 57th at 20:58, Dagan Haggerman 58th at 21:04, Jacob Schrock 70th at 21:35 and Trent Hyman 73rd at 21:45. 

"Noah had to fight his way from getting stuck in the back at the first muddy, slippery turn and Dagan made up a lot of ground as well to come in right after Noah," Versailles coach Lauria Piercy said. 

A total of 68 girls were also in action and Carmen Lemell came in 24th with a time of 23:51. 

Up next for Versailles is the Stover Invitational on Wednesday and the Tigers will compete for conference bragging rights at the Tri-County COonference meet in Eldon on Thursday.