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Cross country team first at district competition

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County boys’ cross country team continued to improve on its so far stellar season by taking first place in districts, which was held at Richmond.

Platte County defeated Pembroke Hill, Lawson, St. Pius, Richmond and Maryville. The first place finish by Platte County qualified the entire boys’ team for state.

Senior Eli Klimek had yet another first place finish, and set a new course, district, and site record by finishing in 16:31.

Senior Shane Praiswater finished fifth in 17:42 and received All District honors and was also an individual state qualifier. Sophomores Brandon McCammon and Zach Ryun also received All District Honors and were individual state qualifiers. McCammon finished 12th in 17:58 and Ryun finished 14th in 17:59.

Seniors Ryan Schroeder and Bill Flynt and junior Mark Dudley all qualified for state with the team, since the team finished first overall. Schroeder finished 21st in 18:45, Dudley finished 26th in 19:07, and Flynt finished 30th in 19:40.

The girls’ team did not fare as well in Districts as did the boys’ team.
The girls’ team finished behind Smithville, Lawson, St. Pius, and Pembroke Hill, but ahead of Maryville.

Senior Amy Musil was the only All District, state qualifier for the girls’ team. Musil finished seventh in 22:15.

Junior Tara Gutshall finished 17th in 23:12 and received All District Honorable Mention, but did not qualify for state.

Other girls that competed in districts included sophomore Stevie Grabau who finished 25th in 23:52, senior Katie Sherman who finished 28th in 23:58, senior Bonnie Glick finished 34th in 24:30, sophomore Angela Scheetz, who had been injured for most of the season finished 39th in 25:12, and freshman Jenny Murphy finished 40th in 25:13.

State action for those who qualified begins on Saturday, Nov. 3.