By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond placed two runners in the top 20 Tuesday afternoon to help the Spartans to a fifth-place finish at the Smithville Invitational cross country meet. Richmond ended the day with 150 points in the 12-team field. Liberty won the team title with 36 points, which was 14 points ahead of runner-up Smithville, followed by Odessa (134) and Lawson (141).
Hardin-Central, easily the smallest school in the field was 10th with 247 points.
Spartan senior Matthew Tweedie had the top RHS finish with his time of 18 minutes, 1.5 seconds in the 5k distance, which was good for seventh. Wyatt Bulk was 17th with 18:47.9. Christian Carter of Excelsior Springs crossed the line first with a time of 17:25.6.
Hardin-Central freshman Riley Gorham erased his own name on the school record board again. Riley set a new Hardin-Central standard for the third time this fall with his 12th-place time of 18:25.7.
Other runners for Richmond included: Roy Branson in 19:42.3 (42); Kody Reed in 19:43.2 (45); and Jackson Pence in 20:52.2 (73). For Hardin-Central: Matthew Periman in 19:53.3 (47); Spencer Wheeler in 20:30.3 (67); Alex Collingham in 21:50.6 (81) and Samuel Hawkins in 23:00.7 (84).