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Several Spartan cross country runners turned in their personal-best times at Saturday’s Marshall Invitational meet. Richmond was one of three Class 2 schools competing at the event that also included a pair of Class 1 schools, seven Class 3 and one Class 4 teams.
The Richmond junior varsity Spartans placed fourth in the team event with 96 points, while Warrensburg captured first, followed by Jefferson City Helias and Marshall.
Luke Bailey earned the only Spartan JV medal when he placed 12th with a time of 20 minutes, which was his personal best. Each of the other seven JV runners also set personal best times in the 5K race.
Dylan White placed 26th with 21:02, followed by Tyler Minnick with 21:21; Mike Nelson with 21:33; Zach Sanders with 22:49; Ben Moses with 25:37; Stephen Cardwell with 26:07; and Ryan Bloom with 27:14.
Richmond had two runners in the varsity competition with Ray Smith placing 35th with a season-best time of 19:19, and Kayleb Dunwoodie setting a personal-best of 20:26 as he finished 48th.
Deana Barger was the lone Lady Spartan varsity runner. The Richmond senior beat her personal best mark by 27 seconds when she was timed in 22:32, which earned her a medal for her 17th-place finish. LaToya Johnson placed fifth in the JV race for Richmond with a time of 26:29, and Krystal Denham set her best time with 29:26 which put her in 11th.
Earlier in the week, the Richmond runners competed in the Smithville Invitational held at Smithville Lake on Tuesday.
Once again, the event involved several larger schools.
In the varsity competition, Ray Smith had the low time for the Spartans with 20:47, followed by Bailey with 21:11; Dunwoodie with 21:47; and Blaine Broderick with 21:49.
Josh Isgriggs had the low JV time of 21:45 for Richmond.
Josh Ahring was right behind at 21:57, followed by Dylan White with 21:58; Nelson with 22:21; Minnick with 23:04; Sanders with 23:27; Tate Russell with 24:59; Cardwell with 26:20 and Bloom with 28:21.
Barger’s time of 23:00 placed her in eighth in the varsity girls race, while Johnson also finished eighth in the JV event with 27:18, and Denham was timed in 30:31.
PHOTO: Senior Krystal Denham, a newcomer to the Richmond cross country program, ran her personal-best time at the Marshall Invitational (Photo by Steve Hitchcock/The Daily News)