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The Richmond cross country squad brought back five medals from the Oak Grove meet, and the freshmen runners came away from the Excelsior Springs meet with five more just a few days later.
Heading up the medalists from the reschedule Oak Grove meet, held at Frick Park, was Lady Spartan senior Deanna Barger, who took seventh in the 5K varsity meet with a time of 23 minutes, 35 seconds, and Luke Bailey, who captured first in the 3,200-meter junior varsity race with a time of 11:49.
Barger was the lone varsity runner for the girls, while Bailey was one of three medalists in the JV competition. Mike Nelson placed 10th with 12:39, and Josh Ahring was two spots behind in 12:42.
Other times for the JV included Zach Sanders with 13:42, Ben Moses with 13:58, Stephen Cardwell with 14:20, and Ryan Bloom with 15:09.
Kayleb Dunwoodie had the top finish for the Spartans in the 5K varsity race with a time of 20:41, which put him in 27th, and one spot ahead of teammate Ray Smith with a time of 20:50.
Josh Isgriggs was timed in 20:54 for 29th spot, followed by Blaine Broderick with 21:00, Dylan White with 21:43, and Tyler Minnick with 22:25.
LaToya Johnson was sixth in the JV girls’ competition with a time of 15:20 in the 3,200-meter distance, with Krystal Denham taking 12th with 16:16.
All five freshmen medaled at the Excelsior Springs meet held at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course.
Bailey had the fourth-place overall time of 11:50, with Ahring edging teammate Nelson by one second for the final spot in the top 10 with 12:32. Moses was just over a minute behind his fellow Spartan runners to finish at No. 23, with Cardwell a spot back in 13:50.
Ray Smith had the top varsity finish for Richmond at 55, with 19:45, with Broderick timed in 21:00 for 66th. Stephen Smith, after missing the first few meets of the schedule due to an injury, got on the course for the first time to get in a training run as he prepares for the remainder of the season.
Barger earned another medal, and also set her personal-best time of 22:27, as she placed 27th in the varsity race. Johnson and Denham also had good runs for the Lady Spartans. Johnson had her best 5K of the season at 25:36, with Denham timed in a personal best of 27:07.
Isgriggs had the top JV time for the Spartans with 21:11 to take 37th, followed by White in 46th with 21:41, Minnick was timed in 23:02 – .01 ahead of Sanders for 67th place.
PHOTO: Richmond senior Deanna Barger has earned two medals in her last two meets. (Photo by Steve Hitchcock/The Daily News.)

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