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Eli Klimek runs to victory again

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

Senior Eli Klimek completed his seventh straight first place finish for the Platte County boys’ cross country team. His most recent first place finish came during very windy and rainy weather at the Jesse James Festival Grounds in the Kearney Invitational.

Klimek finished the race in first, medalling with a time of 16:15.

Seniors Shane Praiswater and Ryan Schroeder and, sophomores Zach Ryun and Brandon McCammon all medalled in the race, for the Pirates.

Praiswater came in 13th in 17:40. Ryun finished 27th in 18:10. McCammon crossed the line in 31st in 18:18 and Schroeder finished 34th with a time of 18:26.

Junior Mark Dudley came in 54th in 19:14 and senior Bill Flynt finished 70th with a time of 19:57 for the boys’ team.

The boys’ cross country team finished third overall. They came in behind Rockhurst and Kearney and in front of Lawson, Benton, St. Mary’s, O’Hara, Park Hill South, Richmond, Northeast, Lafayette, Chillicothe, and Savannah.

The junior varsity boys’ team had of five of its’ six members medal. Senior Ryan Locascio finished 38th in 19:42. Junior Josh Brunkhorst came in 51st in 20:10. Freshman Cody Luckenbach finished 61st in 20:18 along with freshman Matt Cline who finished 62nd also with a time of 20:18. Freshmen Matt Luckenbach came in right behind them in 63rd place with a time of 20:22. Sophomore Joel Holland finished 103rd in 21:51.

The girls’ varsity squad struggled in their race. Senior Amy Musil and junior Tara Gutshall both medalled for the Pirates, in the race. Musil finished 26th overall with a time of 22:28, and Gutshall came in 30th with a time of 22:38.

Senior Katie Sherman finished 48th in 24:08. Freshman Jenny Murphy came in 51st with a time of 24:24. Senior Bonnie Glick finished 59th with a time of 24:51.

The girls’ team finished eighth out of nine schools. They finished above LeBlond, but behind Notre Dame, St. Teresa’s, Kearney, Smithville, Lawson, St. Mary’s, and Lafayette.

“It’s simple, they need to run harder than they have been,” said head coach Chris Stubbs.

The teams’ have to continue to improve to improve as they approach Conference and District races, which will be held on Oct. 27.