Each places 17th in Thursday's race at Maryville, missing all-conference spot by three places.
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Matching 17th-place finishes by senior Gunnar Young in the boys’ division and sophomore Callaway Chapman in the girls’ spiced Chillicothe High School’s showing Thursday (Oct. 19) in the 2017 Midland Empire Conference cross country running meet.
While all 11 of CHS’ varsity and junior-varsity boys’ runners ran faster than in their previous outing on the course during the season-opening Maryville Invitational in late August, only Young and Jacob Parkes (20th) could crack the individual top 20. That led to a sixth-place team finish out of the eight squads. Chillicothe’s fastest-5 points total was 125, just over 100 points higher than decisive MEC team champion Smithville’s 23.
In the girls’ division, CHS was last among the six schools with full teams with 131 team points. Smithville also convincingly took the distaff division title with 22 points.
Individual conference champions were Caleb Feuerbacher of Maryville, who coasted to victory in 16:54, more than a half-minute ahead of his nearest rival in the 5-kilometers race, and Malanya Briner of Savannah, who finished in 20:34, six seconds quicker than the runnerup.
Commented Chillicothe coach Tim Riekena on his squads’ showing, “While it is disappointing not having any all-conference runner (top-14 finisher) this year, I am very pleased with our efforts.”
Individually for CHS, in addition to Young’s 19:28, fellow senior Parkes was clocked in 19:47 as the only other sub-20-minutes Hornet.
Freshman Hayden Simmer ran the approximately 3.1 miles in 20:22, earning 27th. Logan Asher had a personal-best time of 20:25 (30th place) and Peyton Forck was next in 20:30, a couple of minutes faster than his August time at Maryville.
Chillicothe’s non-team-scoring varsity runners were Ben Hayen, 36th in 20:58, and Aidri Carden, 44th in 21:54.
For the Lady Hornets, Elena Boon was next across the finish line after Chapman’s 24:59 when she placed 24th in 26:33. Arianna Belle Showalter was 31st in 27:13, Emma Burk 33rd in 27:49, and Emma Bernskoetter 40th in 31:17, more than four minutes faster than her August time on the course.
Chillicothe had four boys and two girls in the gender-respective junior-varsity-level races – also five kilometers.
Eric Kleinschmidt led the boys with a time of 23:18, placing him right in the middle of the 36-runners field. The fastest JV Lady Hornet was Mayanna Wood with a 33:54.
Next on the Chillicothe cross country running docket is the Class 3 district meet Saturday, Oct. 28. CHS will be one of 13 schools participating in the meet at Moberly.
A top-15 finish at district will qualify a runner for the following week’s state meet.