Due to the soggy and muddy course, the times at the MRVC and Richmond Invitational cross country meets held Thursday at Southview Park were not that impressive, but there were still some outstanding performances.
The Grain Valley girls and Harrisonville boys posted team titles in the MRVC meet, while Notre Dame deSion (purple) and the Platte County boys followed with team championships in the Richmond Invitational.
Pleasant Hill had six runners finish in the top 20 as the Roosters won the conference boys’ meet with 44 points, followed by Grain Valley with 59, Holden with 74 and Richmond with 83.
Harrisonville did not have a complete team, but did have the boys’ champion as Maksim Korolev covered the wet 5K course in 17 minutes, 40 seconds, followed by Richmond’s Cody Gorham with a time of 17:46, which was just one second ahead of Jacob Colvin of Excelsior Springs.
Stephen Smith placed eighth for the Spartans with a time of 18:48, and Ray Smith was 20th in 19:54. Also for Richmond, Luke Bailey finished 29th with 20:54; Dylan White was 35th in 21:35; and Damon Goodall was 36th with 21:36.
Freshman Rachel Reddell helped pace Grain Valley to the team title with her winning time of 22:48 as the Lady Eagles finished 31 points ahead of Holden. Excelsior Springs was third with 71 points and Richmond was fourth with 85.
Deanna Barger placed fourth for the Lady Spartans with a time of 23:17, just ahead of defending champion Alyssa Webb of Grain Valley who turned in a time of 23:30. Savanna Nobile was 15th for Richmond with a time of 24:19, with LaToya Johnson finishing 19th in 25:06.
Also for Richmond, Natalie George was 26th in 27:45, and Rian Souders was 31st with a time of 29:17.
West Platte’s Will Wilson won the Invitational championship for the boys with a time of 18:35, with the girls’ title going to Katie Wells of Marshall, who finished in 21:04.
Zach Sanders was the lone Richmond representative in the Invitational. He turned in a time of 21:39, which put him at 41st.
The Spartans had six runners in the 2.2-mile junior varsity race. Daniel Bridges had the top finish for Richmond with a 22nd-place time of 15:48, with Cody Horton three spots and 10 seconds behind.
Ben Moses was 33rd for the Spartans with a time of 16:20, followed by T.J. Ramsey with 16:52; Tyler Minnick with 17:11 and Nathan Sickle with 18:42.