The Rolla cross country teams traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for the Camdenton Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29. Rolla had two medalists on the day thanks to top 20 finishes from Emma Puetz and Noah Crutcher.
Puetz led the way for the Lady Bulldogs on the day with a fourth place finish. She had her best time of the season by finishing in 19:36. Olivia Holmes found herself just outside medalling, finishing in 22nd with a time of 20:55. Kate Campbell finished in 46th for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing in 22:57, while Mercedez Carpenter finished in 23:12 for 51st place. Mary Romine finished in 60th for Rolla with a time of 24:05, while Faith Aguilarleon finished in 69th with a time of 26:03. The lone JV runner for the Lady Bulldogs was Emma Starns, who finished in 60th with a time of 28:32.
The Rolla boys were led by Noah Crutcher, who finished in 19th for Rolla with a time of 16:59. The finish was a personal record for Crutcher. Next up for the Bulldogs was Orion Parker, who placed 58th with a time of 18:54. Wyatt Owens was a few spots behind in 64th with a time of 19:30. The Bulldogs then had several finishers cross the line in rapid fire. First Wyatt Thurston took 72nd with a time of 20:38, then Colton Holmes took 75th with a time of 20:57, Tristan Lietz finished in 76th with a time of 21:03 and Johnnie Swizdor finished in 77th with a time of 22:03.
In the boys JV race, Jon Carlson and Daniel Read finished back to back in 53rd and 54th with times of 19:59 and 20:00. Kendall Smith took 113th with a time of 22:54, Kaleb Chiles finished in 134th with a time of 24:39 and John Brammer finished with a time of 26:42.
"I have never been so excited and so proud of a bunch of kids like I was today! Everyone stepped up and ran great. We had a lot of season, personal, and all time best personal records today," said head coach Rhett Cook. "Emma Puetz ran a 19:36 coming in with a 4th place finish and Noah Crutcher finished 19th with a lifetime PR of 16:59 breaking the 17:00 minute mark! Katelyn Campbell dropped her time by over 2 minutes today in the varsity girls race. On the guys side we are starting to get many athletes going under the 20 minute mark. Orion Parker set yet another PR running a 18:54 best time. Very proud of the cross country team today."
Next up for Rolla is a meet in Licking on Thursday, Oct. 4, before the Ozark Conference Meet on Saturday, Oct. 6.