Considering the Linn Invitational is one of the strongest meets of the season, New Franklin cross-country coach Adam Quest said the Bulldogs had a strong finish over the weekend.
With over 150 boys competing, New Franklin’s Sam Ridgeway finished 71st overall in a time of 21 minutes and 21 seconds while Tyler Perkins placed 75th in a time of 21:35.
Colton Palmer of Warrensburg turned in the fastest time for the race in 17:12.66.
“The Linn meet is always one of our toughest meets,” Quest said. “The course is very challenging, and there are a ton of schools that compete, many of which are much larger than us.  With so many larger schools taking part, sometimes it is hard for our kids to get to the front of the pack.  At meets like Linn, I usually try to narrow my scope and compare how we did to schools our size.  But honestly, at this meet, the toughest competition came between our two varsity boys.  Sam and Tyler are both very close to each other in terms of their times, and they usually go back and forth beating each other.  Today it was Sam's turn to win.  With over 150 boys competing, both of our boys finished about in the middle of the bunch.  With a field this strong, I felt like that was a strong finish."
In the JV meet, Hayden Wiseman finished 42nd out of 98 runners in a time of 24:41 while Asa Fischer placed 58th in 25:29.
Joshua Cymer of Warrensburg had the top time in the JV meet in 20:28.
Dorson, Eades and Wilmsmeyer compete at Linn
Three members of the New Franklin Middle School Cross-Country team competed in the Linn Invitational over the weekend.
New Franklin middle school cross-country coach Ryan Lyons said this was the first meet of the season for Carly Dorson, Keaton Eades and Clayton Wilmsmeyer.
Lyons said Dorson ran first and was in first place for the first quarter of the race but had to fall back and find the pace she needed to finish strong and she did.
Dorson finished 67th out of 131 runners in a time of 13 minutes and 25 secconds.
“I have no doubt that Carly’s times will increase with each passing meet,” Lyons said.
As for Eades and Wilmsmeyer, Lyons said the duo found themselves separating at the beginning of the race with Eades pulling ahead and Wilmsmeyer staying back a ways. However at the end of the race, Lyons said both runners came together and wound up finishing just a fraction of a second apart.
Eades finished 41st out of 173 runners in a time of 10:58.71 while Wilmsmeyer placed 43rd overall in 10:58.97.
“With over 170 boys running, I think they did an amazing job in the top 25 percent,” Lyons said. “Concerning all three of my middle school runners, I am pleased with the effort they gave today; they gave all they had and that makes me proud. They are incredibly coachable and great competitors; I love coaching kids like them. They wanted to medal, but fell a bit short this time. I have no doubt they will all earn many medals before their middle school cross-country careers are over.”