The Blue Springs boys cross country team could only manage a 16th-place team finish Saturday at the Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence (Kan.), but Stephen Mugeche again proved he will be a factor this season.
Mugeche, a junior, ran to a fourth-place finish against a tough field with a time of 15 minutes, 40.8 seconds. The Wildcats totaled 456 points to finish 16th out of 35 teams in the Gold division race.
Cody Berry (93rd, 17:32.5) and Devon Sesler (95th, 17:34.6) were the only other Blue Springs runners to finish in the top 100.
Truman’s Cole Rockhold kept his strong start to the season going by finishing 10th in 16:05.5 on the 5-kilometer course.
Truman finished 11th with 330 points in the Crimson boys division as all other Patriot runners competed in that class. Edgar Renteria finished 22nd (17:12.8), Cedric Gibbs was 25th (17:15.7) and David Frazier was 41st (17:32.2).
Emory Staton finished 109th (17:55.4) to lead the Truman girls, who did not post a team score in the Blue division.
The Blue Springs South boys finished 13th (350) in the Blue division as freshman Mason Smith finished 24th (17:14.7) and junior Zach Kelsay was 50th (17:38.9).
In the Gold girls division, junior Grace Klausen finished 13th in 15:50.6 over the 4-kilometer course to help the Jaguars finish 18th with a 420 total. Ashton Henson (47th, 16:37.6) and Jansynn Radford (88th, 17:07.4) also claimed top-100 finishes for South.
Grain Valley claimed a fifth-place team finish (220) in the boys Blue division with three in the top 38 – Cameron Tecce (27th, 18:06.8), Tim Hinton (32nd, 18:18.9) and Preston Weigel (38th, 18:23.9).
In the Blue girls division, Grain Valley’s Lindsey Mangum posted a 25th-place finish (17:12.6) and Jessica Jaenson took 50th (17:46.4). The Eagles had no team score.
GRANDVIEW INVITATIONAL: Three William Chrisman runners earned medals in the Grandview Invitational last Thursday.
Caleb Mitchell finished 22nd in 19:52 and Anthony Wheeler was 28th in 20:13 on the 5-kilometer course to earn medals as the Bears finished sixth in the varsity boys race with 155 points.
Elizabeth Straub took 26th in 23:06 for the Chrisman girls, who did not record a team score on the 5K course.
Blue Springs’ Maria Wendell (seventh, 21:21.95) and Emily Hubner (21st, 22:44.86) also earned medals.