Missouri S&T got top-six finishes from Joe Bindner (St. Peters, MO/Fort Zumwalt East) and Hannah Shearer (Conroe, TX/The Woodlands Christian Academy) Saturday morning as its cross country teams opened the 2017 season with four place finishes at the Southwest Baptist Invitational.
Bindner took third in the four-mile men's race, recording a time of 20:02 that put him second behind Washburn's Jacob Klemz – who won in 19:19 and Missouri Southern's Cody Berry, who crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of Bindner.
Duncan Clark (Kirksville, MO/Kirksville) was the second Miner to finish as he came in 20th place in 20:42, while the next three S&T scorers finished among the next seven, with Garrett Blanchard (Centralia, IL/Centralia) coming in 23rd place in 20:45, Bristol Hargis (Webb City, MO/Webb City) in 26th in 20:48 and Adam Kraus (Tulsa, OK/Thomas Edison Preparatory) in 27th place in a time of 20:49.
Connor Crabtree (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge), who was 32nd in 20:58 and Marshall Vaccaro (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West), who finished in 50th place in the 93-runner race in 21:38.
Missouri Southern captured the team title at the meet, with Central Missouri and Columbia College also finishing ahead of S&T in the seven-team competition.
Meanwhile, Shearer had a sixth place showing in the women's five-kilometer race as she finished in 18:35. Her time was 19 seconds in back of the meet winner, Washburn's Sierra Mortensen.
In the women's race, Katelyn Fricke (Brimfield, IL/Brimfield) was S&T's second finisher in 18th place with a time of 18:17, while the next three finished in succession beginning with Kala Morgan (Broken Arrow, OK/Broken Arrow) in 21st place in 19:23. Megan Schulte (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) was right behind Morgan in 22nd in 19:25 and Tori Bonnot (Jefferson City, MO/Jefferson City) finished in 19:28 to take 23rd place in the race.
Kennedy Duffy (Rochester, IL/Rochester) finished 29th in 19:44 and Anne Vernon(Neosho, MO/Neosho) was 40th in 20:34 to round out the Lady Miners' top seven on Saturday.
The Lady Miners finished with 86 points in the team competition, four behind Central Missouri for third but well ahead of fifth place Washburn. Missouri Southern edged Southwest Baptist to take the team competition.
Missouri S&T's next competition is slated for Sept. 16 when it competes in the Southern Stampede at Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo.