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Richmond sophomore Cody Gorham continues to put together an outstanding season in his first year of cross country competition for the Spartans.
After finishing third at the annual Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence, Kan. on Saturday, Gorham came back on Wednesday to become the first Richmond runner to win an individual meet in three years.
Gorham took first place at the Cass-Midway meet with a time of 17 minutes as he nipped runner-up David Stodden of St. Pius by 12 seconds on the 5K course.
The win was the first by an individual for the RHS program in varsity competition since Stephanie Smith won for the Lady Spartans in 2006. Gorham was the lone medal winner at the Rim Rock meet with his time of 17:16.13.
Stephen Smith brought home the Spartans’ other top-10 finish at Cass-Midway with his seventh-place time of 18:06.
Richmond was edged by conference rival Holden for fourth place in the team competition 109-113, but the Spartans finished ahead of district rival and defending district champion St. Pius by 6 points.
Pleasant Hill finished ahead of the pack with 64 points, followed by West Platte and Lone Jack.
Henry Smith finished 35th for the Spartans with a time of 19:39, with Dylan White turning in the 46th-place time of 20:22. Damon Goodall ran his personal-best time of 19:57 to place 39th, while Justin Persell finished 48th with 20:27 in his first varsity race.
The Spartans placed third in the junior varsity race with 73 points, with Pleasant Hill taking the top spot with 21, followed by St. Pius with 50.
Four runners placed in the top 20, led by Cody Horton with 21:24 (14th), followed by Tyler Minnick, 21:27 (15th); Daniel Bridges, after setting his personal-best time Saturday at the Rim Rock Classic, set another personal-best Wednesday of 21:31 (17th); and T.J. Ramsey, 21:34 (19th).
Deanna Barger had the top Lady Spartan finish in the varsity girls’ race with a time of 23:10, which put the Richmond senior in 13th. LaToya Johnson ran her season-best time of 24:06 to finish at No. 25.
Natalie George ran her personal-best time of 26:02 to finish second in the JV girls’ competition, with Rian Souders timed in 28:36, which placed her sixth.
PHOTO: Spartan senior Henry Smith, a state-qualifier last season, ran for Richmond at Saturday’s Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence, Kan. (Photo by Steve Hitchcock/for The Daily News.)