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It was just a matter of time before Richmond sophomore Cody Gorham put his name in the record books. Gorham, in just his first year running cross country, broke a 14-year old school record with his fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Kearney Invitational.
Gorham covered the 5K course at Jesse James Park in 16 minutes, 32 seconds to erase the mark of 16:36 set by Brayce Forsha at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia in 1995. Gorham had missed the mark by 10 seconds earlier this season.
Smithville’s Ben Barrows turned in the top time of 16:19.5, followed by David Stodden of St. Pius with 16:20, and Jacob Colvin of Excelsior Springs with a time of 16:25.
The Spartans had three other runners earn medals as Richmond placed seventh in the meet with 175 points.
Stephen Smith was timed in 18:06 to take 25th, with Ray Smith finishing 37th with a personal mark of 18:29. Luke Bailey also set a new personal-best time with 19:00 to finish at No. 56.
Zach Sanders had the top junior varsity finish for the Spartans with his personal-best time of 20:08.81, which earned him a medal at No. 38. Three other JV runners set personal marks with Daniel Bridges timed in 21:21.94, Ben Moses with 21:45.53, and Nathan Sickle with 25:11.49.
Sophomore Savanna Nobile had the top Lady Spartan finish with a time of 22:31.29, which put her in 52nd. Deanna Barger placed 76th with a time of 23:40.14, followed by LaToya Johnson, who turned in her best time of the season with 24:06.02, which put her at No. 83 for the race.
The Spartans had one freshman runner in the 4K race with Justin Persell finishing with a ninth-place medal in the field of 42 with a time of 15:19. Rian Souders ran for the Lady Spartan freshmen and also earned a medal with her eighth-place time of 21:37.85.
PHOTO: Spartan sophomore Cody Gorham nears the end of his record-setting run at Saturday’s Kearney Invitational cross country meet. Gorham finished fourth at the meet and broke a 14-year old RHS record in the process. (Photo by Steve Hitchcock/for The Daily News.)