Unseasonably warm weather greeted the runners participating at the State Cross Country meet Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
Richmond sophomore Cody Gorham wrapped up his outstanding first season by finishing fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds, which earned him Class 2 All-State honors.
Caleb Sutton, a junior from Arcadia Valley took first place with a time of 17:15, with second place going to Brandon Shemonia, a sophomore from Scott City, with a time of 17:28.
The Spartans had two other runners competing with junior Stephen Smith turning in a time of 19:03, which put him in 48th, while senior Henry Ray Smith was 85th with a time of 19:33. Lawson had two runners in the state meet with sophomore Wes Morrison finishing with a time of 19:20, which put him at No. 66, with his teammate, Jon Peoples, a junior, five spots behind with a time of 19:26.
Bowling Green won the team championship with 59 points, while Herculaneum placed second with 86 points. John Burroughs was third. Holden of the MRVC East placed fifth in team competition with 187 points, while the Holden Lady Eagles were 13th with 300 points.
Richmond sophomore Savannah Nobile was the lone Lady Spartan representative at state. Nobile finished 66th in her first state competition with a time of 23:37. Once again, it was an Arcadia Valley runner grabbing the top spot with freshman Saga Barzowski covering the course in a time of 19:40.
She was followed by three Herculaneum runners as the Lady Blackcats easily won the team title with 31 points. Springfield Catholic was a distant second with 110.
Lawson finished third with 134 points. Junior Joan Kessler had the top Lady Cardinal finish with her 14th-place time of 21:41. She was followed by two more juniors – Karen Rose, 16th with 21:46, and Dawn Weir, 24th with 21:56. Sophomore Brittany Weir placed 76th with 23:59, followed by freshman Kati Baker, 79th in 23:59; senior Amanda Mavel, 90th in 24:12; and sophomore Jessica Korb, 98th with 24:25.
The winning time in Class 3 was turned in by Harrisonville senior Maksim Korolev. His time of 15:48 was well ahead of runner-up Cole Allison, a senior from Festus, who covered the distance in 16:38.
Excelsior Springs’ lone qualifier, Jake Colvin, a junior, finished 17th with a time of 17:29.
Sierra Jenkins, a Clinton senior won the girls’ race with a time of 19:49, while junior Sarah White of Potosi placed second with 19:51.
Pleasant Hill finished 12th in the Class 3 team competition with 329 points, with Grain Valley three spots behind with 398 points. Festus won the team title with 46 points, followed by West Plains with 62, and Notre Dame-Cape Girardeau a distant third with 115.