The Boonville boys cross-country team finished third overall in the Oak Grove Invitational on Thursday while competing against a field of 12 teams.
With a total of 96 runners competing in the varsity meet, Boonville finished with four runners in the top 29-with all four running in 19 minutes and 34 seconds or less.
Boonville cross-country coach Melissa Baker said Oak Grove had a new course this year.
“They ran on a golf course and it was a solid course,” Baker said. “One lap was the complete 5K, which was encouraging for our runners.”
Michael Reddick of Fort Osage had the fastest time for the race in 17:39.07.
For Boonville, Cale Fox finished 18th overall in 18:55 while Logan Pfeiffer placed 21st in 19:09, Charlie Pumel 27th in 19:25, Luke Green in 29th place in 19:34, Lance Marshall 51st in 20:48, Brayden McFarland 82nd in 22:44 and Adam Schneringer in 89th place in 24:14.
Baker said the top 20th varsity runners medaled. “Our boys are competitors, and they all battled in their first 5K meet of the season,” Baker said. “Cale Fox shaved over a minute off his time from Oak Grove last year. Finishing third overall as a boys team is an accomplishment, and something to be proud of. However, we are not settling with these times. It is early in the season and we have work to do. We will continue working on pace work and finishing strong at the end. We know this team will continue to get stronger and improve their times each race.”
In the final team standings for the boys, Platte County captured first with 30 points. Fort Osage finished second with 76 points, followed by Boonville with 120, William Chrisman with 131, Van Horn with 137, Knob Noster and Center tied with 174, Richmond 201, Kingsville 203, Odessa 225, Harrisonville 232 and Barstow 275.
As for the Boonville girls cross-country team, Molly Amos finished in 53rd place in a time of 29:18.15 while Kali Corbitt placed 55th in 29:25.32.
Taylor Giger of Platte County had the winning time for the girls in 20:55.09.
“I told the girls that this is their starting point and a race under their belt, but next race we are shaving time,” Baker said.