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Spartan runners earn medals at Warrensburg Invitational

Richmond put two runners in the top 15 Thursday as the Spartans finished eighth at the Warrensburg Invitational cross country meet. Richmond ended the day with 166 points.
Pleasant Hill had runners finish 10 through 12 to capture first place in the 11-team field with 81 points, followed by the host Tigers with 104, and Holden with 110.
Cody Gorham had the top finish for Richmond. The Spartan sophomore turned in the third-place time of 17 minutes, 18 seconds to finish behind Sam Dickerson of Moberly’s winning time of 17:12 and Derek Lee of Clinton who was timed in 17:16. Stephen Smith placed 15th for Richmond with a time of 18:29.
Luke Bailey crossed the line in 55th spot with a time of 20:26, which was one second ahead of his Richmond teammate Justin Persell, with Zach Sanders finishing at No. 61 with a time of 21:00.
Richmond had two runners finish among the medalists in the junior varsity competition. Damon Goodall turned in a seventh-place time of 20:22, with Dylan White placing two spots behind his teammate with a time of 20:37. Cody Horton ran a 26th-place time of 22:37, followed by Ben Moses with 22:44 and Nathan Sickle with 26:40.
Warrensburg captured the varsity girls team competition with 21 points, with Notre Dame deSion finishing as the runner-up with 52 and Camdenton with 80.
Deanna Barger had the top finish for the three Lady Spartan runners. Barger completed the course in 22:48, which placed her in the top 20 at No. 18. Savanna Nobile was 27th with 23:34, and LaToya Johnson finished with a 38th-place time of 24:35.
Natalie George was the lone JV girl for Richmond. She finished 24th with a time of 27:26.

Home meet Thursday
Southview Park will be the site for the annual Richmond Invitational and MRVC cross country meets on Thursday.
The MRVC race begins at 3 p.m. with Grain Valley and Pleasant Hill battling for the West title. The East championship could come down between Richmond and Holden as they challenge the West squads for the overall title.
Harrisonville’s Max Korolev is the prohibitive favorite in the boys’ race. Spartan sophomore Cody Gorham will more than likely battle Jacob Colvin of Excelsior Springs for the runner-up. Richmond’s Stephen Smith will be looking to earn all-conference honors with his finish.
Courtney Johnson of Grain Valley returns to defend her title in the girls’ competition. The Eagles are also the defending team champions.
Richmond senior Deanna Barger, who finished third last year, and sophomore Savanna Nobile will be seeking to earn all-conference honors.
The Richmond Invitational race gets underway at 4 p.m. One of the top teams in the state, Kearney, is expected to get a challenge from Notre Dame deSion in the girls’ race. Hamilton and Lawson are also expected to finish strong.
The boys’ race should be a three-team battle for the top spot between Kearney, West Platte and Marshall.

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