Caleb Hoover, the College Heights cross country phenom, ran away with the varsity boys race at the Cassville Invitational on Monday, and McDonald County won the boys team race with 38 points. Maggie Tennal of Lamar continued her banner season, winning the varsity girls division, while East Newton won the girls team competition with 24 points.
|Chris Renteria of Monett was the highest area finisher in varsity boys, placing eighth in 17:47. Southwest's Jacob Jennings was 16th in 18:23, and Juan Renteria of Monett was 17th in 18:41. Ben Cooper led Wheaton with his 20th place finish, clocking 18:43, nine seconds ahead of Josiah Jones of Purdy, who finished 21st.|
Willie Linenbrink was Cassville's highest finisher, taking 23rd in 19:12, and Cristian Sellars of Southwest was 24th, also in 19:12.
Monett placed third in the team race with 102 points. The Cubs were bolstered by Isaac Weber and Caleb Blue, finishing 25th and 26th. Connor Kimzey was 33rd to complete the Monett scoring.
The Wheaton Bulldogs scored 144 points for sixth place. Besides Cooper, Jakob Beck was 28th, Jon Sherwoood was 32nd, Justin Walker finished 32nd, and Dentin Schwartz placed 42nd for the Bulldogs scorers.
Purdy placed seventh behind Wheaton, scoring 190. After Jones, Purdy scorers included: Scott Klein -- 41st, Corey Kelley -- 47th, Drew Williams -- 49th, and Devan Keeler -- 54th.
Cassville's Gage Holloway, Lucas Galey, Roger Travis, and Matt Ritchie placed 29th, 50th, 57th and 61st behind Linenbrink to help the Wildcats place 8th.
Hannah Martin of Monett led area girls, placing sixth in 21:54. Purdy's Audrey Patton ran 11th in 22:49. Jessica Barrientos of Cassville was 20th, in 24:32, Lauren Sebastain of Monett placed 22nd, Shannon Burns of Wheaton was 23rd, and a pair of Cassville runners finished out the top 25: Reba Dupont and Amanda Holder were 24th and 25th.
Other area girls included: Breanna Brattin of Wheaton, 31st; Chelsie Leroy of Southwest, 32nd; Ashley Rose of Southwest, 36th; Samye Borushaski of Cassville, 37th; Skyler Ginther of Monett, 38th; Destiny Naugle of Cassville, 40th; Nicole terry of Purdy, 41st; Mariah Sunderman of Southwest, 42md; Atisha Boudreau of Southwest, 43rd. and Brittany Lakey of Southwest, 44th.
The Cassville Lady Wildcats finished fourth in the team race with 91 points, and Southwest was fifth, scoring 124. Monett did not score.
In the junior varsity boys race, three Cassville athletes finished in the top 10. Taylor Dodson ran a strong second, followed by Jordan Shore in eighth, and Walker Perez in 10th. Monett's Daniel Bryan was fifth, and Southwest's B.J. Wilson placed sixth.
Other area jayvee finishers included: Luke Verhoff, Monett -11th; James pettit and Kyle Miller of Southwest, 13th and 14th; Justin Yeary of Wheaton, 17th; Evan Jermain of Southwest, 18th; Sean Goostree of Wheaton, 24th; Anthony Brattin and Jesse Mitchell of Wheaton, 27th and 28th; Justin Pettit of Southwest, 29th; Chris Hinebaugh of Cassville, 31st; Tyler Musick and Sheldon Harper of Wheaton, 32nd and 33rd; Jordan fancher of Southwest 34th; and Taylor Gentry of Southwest, 38th.
Kirstie Ickes of Southwest won again, taking the middle school girls race in 10:15. Cassville's Jade Holloway and Torri Holder finished fifth and sixth. Purdy's Jayse Henderson and Kailey Pettit placed 30th and 43rd, while Anna Lowry ofWheaton was 44th.
McDonald County won the middle school girls team race with 42 points.
Dustin Moore of Purdy led area middle school boys, placing fourth. Dylan Castro of Cassville was sixth, and Andrew McCormick of Purdy was 10th. Tyler Pendergraft of Wheaton was 14th, Cassville's Ethan Riedlinger was 15th, andWheaton's Matt Hickman was 16th.
Esler Mejia and Alex Mareth of Purdy finished 28th and 34th. Jerod Black of Southwest was 38th, Joey Robbins of Wheaton was 42nd, and Michael Pendergraft of Southwest was 54th. Other area runners included: Toby Banks of Wheaton -- 59th; Justin Beck of Wheaton -- 67th; Martshall Henson of Cassville - 68th; Riley Brattin of Wheaton - 73rd; Matthew Watson of Purdy -- 86th; Chris Rhea of Cassville -- 95th; and Logan Dunnegan of Wheaton -- 97th.
McDonald County also won the middle school boys division, scoring 45 points. Purdy was third with 121, and Wheaton was fifth with 142.