FAYETTE, Mo. – Missouri S&TS's cross country teams swept the team competition Saturday at the Gary Stoner Invitational, with the men's team posting a perfect score and the women's squad finishing with six of the first 10 across the finish line in its race.
Joe Bindner (St. Peters, MO/Fort Zumwalt East) captured the individual title in the men's eight-kilometer race with a time of 26:30, 25 seconds in front of teammate Duncan Clark(Kirksville, MO/Kirksville). Adam Kraus (Tulsa, OK/Thomas Edison Preparatory) came in third overall in 27:05, while Bristol Hargis (Webb City, MO/Webb City) was fourth in 27:11 and Garrett Blanchard (Centralia, IL/Centralia) completed the Miners' sweep of the top five spots with a time of 27:31.
Wil Crutcher (Rolla, MO/Rolla) was the next across the finish line in sixth in 27:36, while Justin Johnson (Miller, MO/Willard) had S&T's seventh scoring mark with a 13th place finish in 28:33.
S&T finished well ahead of host Central Methodist in the team standings as it captured its first team title since the 2014 season opener at Truman State. That meet was also the last in which a Miner won the overall race – Trenton Morris was first at that meet – although Bindner was the top non-Division I runner at the Memphis Twilight Invitational last September.
The Miners had five other individuals place among the top 20 in the 47-runner race, with AJ Knowles (Papillion, NE/Papillion South) coming in 15th place, Kyle Mrotek (St. Louis, MO/Lindbergh) in 17th, James Jennings (Rolla, MO/Rolla) in 18th, Tyler Percy (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) in 19th and Koby Bird (Kirksville, MO/Kirksville) finishing in 20thplace overall.
In the women's five-kilometer race, the Lady Miners had six of their eight runners finish among the top 10 overall, led by Hannah Shearer (Conroe, TX/The Woodlands Christian Academy) in second place with a time of 19:06. Shearer ran neck-and-neck with race winner Caitlin Hammons from the Mizzou Running Club for much of the race before Hammons broke free and won by 19 seconds.
Megan Schulte (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) finished fourth overall in 19:25, while Katelyn Fricke (Brimfield, IL/Brimfield) crossed the finish line right behind her in 19:42 and Kennedy Duffy (Rochester, IL/Rochester) was seventh in 19:58. Kala Morgan(Broken Arrow, OK/Broken Arrow) completed S&T's top five she placed eighth in 20:14, with Anne Vernon (Neosho, MO/Neosho) finishing 10th in 20:55.
Kristin Goerger (Belleville, IL/Belleville West) posted the Lady Miners' seventh scoring spot by finishing 18th overall in 22:27.
The Lady Miners finished with 24 points in the meet to end up 34 points in front of the Mizzou Running Club for the team title. It was the first team title for the Lady Miners since they captured the Forest Park Invitational last September.
Missouri S&T's next competition will take place on Oct. 21 at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.