The New Franklin boys and girls cross-country teams went in different directions over the weekend, with the varsity team competing at Father Tolton in Columbia and the junior high team participating in the Linn Invitational.
New Franklin coach Erika Soder said after four long weeks of practice the middle school team had their first race at the 36th annual Linn Invitational.
Soder said Gretchen Simpson finished 37 out of 149 girls in a time of 12:16.33. Meanwhile, on the boys side, Kolby Anson, Charlie Pumel, Jackson Dorson, Tyler Perkins and Sam Ridgeway placed eighth out of 13 teams for New Franklin.
Soder said Pumel finished 35th out of 160 boys in a time of 10:35.62 while Jackson Dorson placed 38th in 10:40.10 and Tyler Perkins 45th in 10:51.63.
As for the varsity team at the Father Tolton Invitational, Seth Brown of La Plata captured the winning time in 15:35.88 while Rachel Selva of Father Tolton won the girls portion of the race in a time of 19:52.48.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Father Tolton captured first with 38 points. Cairo finished second with 40, followed by Glasgow with 59, St. Paul’s Lutheran with 87 and Smithton with 117.
Meanwhile, on the girls side, Salisbury captured first with 28. Glasgow finished second with 31 while Smithton placed third with 61.
While competing at Phillips Park in Columbia, Soder said Madi Lyons placed ninth out of 36 runners in a time of 2:21.10 while Molly Lyons finished 12th in a time of 21:26.39.
On the boys side, Bailey Lyons finished seventh out of 45 runners in a time of 18:00.06 while Jerrod Riley took 12th overall in a time of 18:54.45.
Soder said all four runners came away with medals and peformances to be proud of.
The New Franklin high school cross-country team will compete next on Saturday, Sept. 20th at the Santa Fe Trail Days 5K run. As for the middle school, they will compete on Tuesday, Sept. 16th at Salisbury.