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The Spartan cross country team fell 7 points shy of finishing in the top two at the Class 2, District 8 meet at Southview Park on a sunny Saturday. Even though Richmond missed sending the entire team to the state meet on Nov. 7, the Spartans will have three runners at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
The Lady Spartans will send one runner to the state meet.
The Spartans ended the race with 70 points, while Pembroke Hill grabbed the top spot with 58 points, and St. Pius finished as the runner-up with 63. Maryville missed the final team spot by a point.
Richmond’s Cody Gorham outpaced the field on his way to winning the individual district title. The Spartan sophomore ran the 5K-course in 17 minutes, 26 seconds as he finished ahead of two St. Pius runners. David Stodden grabbed second with 17:47, with Drew Keefer taking third with a time of 17:59.
Spartan junior Stephen Smith finished sixth with a time of 18:43. Ray Smith became the third Richmond runner to advance as the senior finished 14th with a time of 19:40. Lawson had two runners, Wes Morrison and Johnathon Peoples, qualify for the state meet.
Also for the Spartans, Justin Persell finished 24th with a time of 20:26 with his teammate Damon Goodall one spot and one second behind. Luke Bailey turned in a 28th-place time of 20:43, with Zach Sanders right behind him.
Lawson dominated the girls meet as the Lady Cards finished with 35 points, which was 14 points ahead of second place Pembroke Hill. Kaya LeGrand of Barstow was the individual champion with her time of 21:35, with Lawson runners taking three of the next four spots. Joan Kessler finished second with 21:54, followed by Karen Rose with a time of 22:26, while Dawn Weir placed fifth with a time of 22:36.
Richmond sophomore Savannah Nobile grabbed the next to last qualifying spot for the Lady Spartans with her time 14th-place time of 23:54. Deanna Barger, who had been ill for most of the week, fought her way around the course and finished in 24th with a time of 24:40. Richmond’s third runner, LaToya Johnson was 30th in 25:58.
PHOTO: Cody Gorham