By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Chillicothe swept both divisions Friday at the Mineral Water Classic held in Excelsior Springs. Both the Hornets and Lady Hornets won by comfortable margins, while the Spartans and Lady Spartans both turned in solid performances.
The Lady Spartans edged Harrisonville for sixth place 44.5-42.5, while Chillicothe ended the competition on a cold and windy afternoon with 140 points. Lawson grabbed the runner-up spot in the 15-team field with 100.5, followed by Lathrop with 83.5, Hamilton with 53 and Kearney with 52.
The Chillicothe boys piled up 143.5 points and Lawson finished second with 84 points, followed by Lathrop with 77 and Kansas City Center with 63. The Spartans placed eighth with 41 points, just one point ahead of Harrisonville and three points behind sixth-place Penney.
Savannah Hamilton captured the lone individual first-place finish for the Richmond girls. Hamilton edged Chillicothe’s Ali Stephens to win the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 30.2 seconds. Hamilton, a sophomore, was also a member of two relay teams that earned points for the Lady Spartans. The 4 x 800 team of Hamilton, Emma Long, Mary Beth Bailey and Elizabeth Windsor placed third with 10:50.98, and the 4 x 400 squad of Hamilton, Madison Cole, Mallory Cole and Windsor grabbed fourth with 4:24.65.
Bailey was the runner-up in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:29, which was just 4 seconds off the winning time turned in by Anne Wood of Kearney. Bailey also finished third in the 1,600 with 5:47.67. Long turned in the eighth-place time of 6:15.05 in that event and also finished eighth in the 800 with 2:48.87.