The Rolla and St. James cross country teams ran at Dixon on Monday, Oct. 9. St. James had the top team finish in the boys varsity meet, while Rolla elected to bench several of their runners after a busy week of meets, which included the Ozark Conference meet on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Mason Parker from St. James and Noah Crutcher of Rolla had two of the top three finishes in the boy's varsity race. Parker came in second with a time of 17:49, while Crutcher was a spot behind him with time of 18:40. St. James had two more top 10 finishes to propel them to the team victory. Austin Ridenhour placed eighth with a time of 20:06, while Andrew Branson finished in 10th with a time of 20:17.
There were still many medals to be earned between Rolla and St. James. The next to cross the finish line was Rolla's Kylan Hunn, who finished in 11th with a time of 20:18. St. James' Zach Deardruff was next with a time of 20:43 to place 15th. Rolla had two more medalist with Wyatt Owens in 17th with a time of 21:19 and Daniel Read in 19th with a time of 21:37.
Outside of the medalists, both schools had several other strong finishes. Ethan Barnett finished in 23rd for St. James with a time of 21:56, Kadin Guese, also from St. James finished in 26th with a time of 22:49. Rolla rounded out the race with a 28th place finish from Johnnie Swizdor, a 33rd place finish by Riley Troup and a 35th place finish by Wesley Sutton with a time of 30:43.
While Rolla and St. James both had team scores in the boys' race, neither school had enough to have a team score in the girls' race. St. James had two runners and the top finish between the two schools. Heather Pankey finished in fourth place for the Lady Tigers with a time of 25:17, while Alexis Tune finished in 14th place with a time of 30:14 to both earn medals. Rolla sent three runners, all of which earned medals. Kate Campbell finished in sixth with a time of 25:56, Faith Aguilarleon finished in 10th with time of 28:50 and Emma Starns finished in 13th with a time of 30:02.
St. James also ran at Owensville on Tuesday, Oct. 10, but only sent their boys runners. Parker had the top finish for St. James with a 12th place finish and a time of 18:42, Ridenhour and Branson finished back to back in 53rd and 54th with times of 20:55 and 20:59, Deardruff finished in 59th with a time of 21:20, while Guese and Barnett finished back to back in 74th and 75th with times of 23:01 and 23:06.
Both teams ran on Thursday, Oct. 12th with Rolla running in the Waynesville Invitational and St. James running in Cuba. Results from those races were not available at press time. Rolla will next run in their District meet in Nixa on Saturday, Oct. 21, while St. James will run in their District meet on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Linn.