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It has been a long wait for the Richmond cross country runners to finally get into some competition. After having their opening meet of the season rained out at Oak Grove on Sept. 11, the Spartans hit the trails seven days later at the Platte County Invitational.
Richmond came back from the Platte Ridge Park course north of Tracy with three medal winners.
The lone Lady Spartan varsity runner, Deanna Barger, earned a medal with her time of 24 minutes, which placed her 29th in the 61-runner field in the 5K race.
The junior varsity girls were led by LaToya Johnson, who placed 17th and earned a medal with her time of 26:00 in the 5K. Krystal Denham finished in 65th for the JV girls with a time of 30:31, and Ashley Dodson was one spot behind with her time of 30:38.
The Spartan varsity runners did not have a medal winner as they ended the meet with 359 points. Henry Smith had the top time for Richmond with 20:24 to take 49th in the 102-runner field.
Kayleb Dunwoodie covered the 5K in 20:56, which place him at No. 62 and one spot ahead of teammate Blaine Broderick’s time of 20:58. Dylan White was timed in 23:08, which placed him 93rd, followed by Zach Sanders at No. 96 with a time of 23:41, and Tyler Minnick, with his 98th-place time of 24:47.
“Our first-time runners did well,” Richmond Coach Steve Hitchcock said. “Deanna and LaToya are starting strong this year. Henry led the varsity and Kayleb and Blaine ran well, too.”
Luke Bailey won the only Spartan medal of the day when he placed 14th in the JV race with a time of 20:48. Mike Nelson followed in 47th spot for Richmond in the field of 141 with a time of 21:46, and Josh Ahring rounded out the top 50 with his time of 21:50. Josh Isgriggs was one spot behind at 51 with a time of 21:52 for Richmond.
Also for the Spartans were Ben Moses with 24:02 to finish at 100, and Stephen Cardwell taking 106 with 24:17.
The Richmond JV placed seventh in the 13-team field with 232 points.
The Oak Grove meet has been rescheduled for Sept. 30.
PHOTO: Richmond freshman Luke Bailey turned in the low junior varsity time for the Spartans in their season opening cross country meet at Platte County. (Photo by Steve Hitchcock)