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Runners finish strong
at Excelsior Invitational

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County cross country team went into the invitational at Excelsior Springs with high hopes. They had to compete against many larger and stronger schools.

The boys team competed against Lee's Summit, Kearney, St. Joe Central, Excelsior Springs, Lawson, Liberty, William Chrisman, Fort Osage, Lafayette, Marshall, and Chillicothe. The Pirates took fifth overall and finished third in the small class results.

Senior Eli Klimek led the way for the Pirates and the entire field as he finished first overall with a time of 16:36. Senior Shane Praiswater and sophomore Zach Ryun both received individual medals. Praiswater finished 19th in 18:04 and Ryun came in 29th in 18:31.

Sophomore Brandon McCammon finished 32nd in 18:44. Senior Ryan Schroeder came in close behind in 35th in 18:56. Junior Mark Dudley rounded out the Pirate varsity members in 53rd with a time of 20:02.

The entire team placed high enough overall that they all received medals as a team.

The girls team did not have any easier opponents than the boys did. The girls had to face Lee's Summit, Lee Summit North, St. Joe Central, Notre Dame, Liberty, Smithville, Kearney, Lawson, Lafayette, and Excelsior Springs.

The girls team took sixth overall but second in the small school class.

Senior Amy Musil received an individual medal as she finished 30th in 22:55.

Junior Tara Gutshall finished 42nd in 23:32. Senior Katie Sherman came in right behind Gutshall in 43rd with a time of 23:34. Sophomore Stevie Grabau finished 52nd in 24:25. Senior Bonnie Glick came in 54th in 24:31. Senior Erin Hardesty finished 59th overall with a time of 24:56. Freshman Jenny Murphy finished close behind in 60th in 24:58.

The girls team also did good enough overall to all obtain medals for the teams overall placing.

The junior varsity boys finished third overall, which was also good enough to give everyone on the team a medal.

Senior Bill Flynt finished 18th in 20:06. Junior Josh Brunkhorst came in close behind in 19th in 20:08. Freshman Cody Luckenbach came in next to Brunkhorst in 20th also in 20:08. Freshman Matt Luckenbach was the last of the junior varsity boys to obtain an individual medal as he came in 24th in 20:14.

Freshman Matt Cline finished 34th in 20:41. Sophomore Joel Holland came in 59th in 22:26 overall.

Freshman Anne Mullins was the only Pirate to compete in the junior varsity girls run. Mullins came in 89th in 28:15.

“They did a great job,” said head coach Chris Stubbs. “They ran toward their potential and did very well against these larger schools.”

The cross country team will begin to compete in conference on Oct. 16.