The Rolla cross country team ran in a pair of races at the tail end of last week. First Rolla took part in a two mile race in Waynesville on Thursday, before running in the Borgia Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13.


The meet in Waynesville was a two mile race, so Rolla used it as a chance to do some speed work. In the boys race, the top finisher was Noah Crutcher, who had a time of 10:53. Orion Parker finished in 11:46 and Johnathan Carlson finished with times of 11:46 and 11:57. Wyatt Thurston finished in 12:02, while Daniel Read crossed the finish line in 12:10. Kaleb Chiles finished in 15:03, Justin McEnaney finished in 19:57, Johnnie Swizdor crossed the line in 22:21, Kendal Smith finished in 22:39, Tristan Lietz finished in 22:43, John Lashly crossed in 23:11, Wesley Sutton in 27:10 and John Bramer finished in 28:07. 

The girls also had some excellent finishes led by Olivia Holmes with a time of 12:57. Aidan Scheffel crossed the line with a time of 13:03. Mercedez Carpenter finished with a time of 14:11, while Mary Romine finished in 14:26. Mallory Moats crossed with a time of 16:31. Isabella Alejandro finished in 17:01 and Emma Starns finished in 17:18. Faith Aguilarleon finished in 27:10 and Jaden Bryce finished in 31:57. 


The Lady Bulldogs ran well in the Borgia Invitational, earning a third place finish as a team. Scheffel led the charge with a seventh place finish and a time of 21:35.7. Holmes was just two spots behind in ninth with a time of 22:12.3. Romine and Kate Campbell finished back to back in 29th and 30th with times of 23:56.3 and 23:58.9. Moats took 51st with a time of 26:54.2 and Aguilarleon finished ffith with a time of 27:36.8. Those times gave the Lady Bulldogs 85 team points, which put them in third place behind Helias Catholic (38) and Osage (73).

The boys took 13 as a team in a more crowded field of 20 teams. Several all-boys schools from St. Louis ran in this race. Crutcher led the way for Rolla with a 38th place finish and a time of 18:37. Parker placed 76th with a time of 19:30.6. Read finished in 93rd with a time of 20:09.5 and Thurston crossed in 97th with a time of 20:21.2. Carlson took 100th with a time of 20:24.4, while McEnaney finished 104th with 20:47.6. Swizdor rounded out the varsity with a 130th place finish and a time of 23:30.3. 

"St. Francis Borgia had very stiff competition and a tough course. We took as many as we could but a few did not go so they can get healthy for Districts coming this week on Saturday the 20th," said head coach Rhett Cook. "It was an awesome day for running as the weather is starting to change to feel like cross country season. There were 20 plus schools at this meet (big schools). All of the kids ran competitively and are improving every day."

Rolla also had four boys run in the JV race in Borgia. Owens finished in 108th with a time of 22:22.4, Lietz tooth 117th with a time of 22:47.4, Smith finished in 139th with a time of 23:52 and Lashley placed 154th with a time of 24.32. Rolla also had two girls run in their JV race. Starnes finished in 37th with a time of 28:10, while Mia Sperry finished in 65th with a time of 36:02.6. 

Next up for Rolla will be the District Meet in Camdenton on Saturday, Oct. 20.