Another weekend, another win for the Blue Springs boys cross country team and Blue Springs South girls runner Tori Findley.
The Blue Springs girls also claimed an individual and team title.
Findley remained undefeated on the season and won the prestigious University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., for the second straight year with a time of 17 minutes, 40.2 seconds, the top 5-kilometer time by a Missouri girls runner this season, according to mo.milesplit.com.
Findley defeated a field of 548 runners, winning by nearly four seconds.
South’s Danielle Hotalling also continued her strong season with a ninth-place finish in 18:27.5 as the Jaguars finished seventh overall (249) and first among Missouri schools.
Lauren Low (19:39), Emma Bassford (19:59) and Amaya Hernandez (20:38) completed South’s scoring.
The South boys finished 32nd (902), led by Zachary Grover’s 23rd-place finish (16:04.1).
CAPITAL CITY CHALLENGE: The Blue Springs boys had the top two finishers and four in the top 10 to dominate the Capital City Challenge Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Course (site of the state meet) in Jefferson City.
Blue Springs senior Victor Mugeche (15:28.92), who recently committed to the University of Missouri, won the race by nearly 43 seconds over teammate and fellow senior Oaklee Hauschild (16:11.53) to lead the Wildcats to the team title.
Blue Springs totaled 39 points to easily outdistance runner-up Lee’s Summit North’s 86.
Morgan Cauveren took seventh (16:43.52), Gabe McClain was ninth (16:45.18), Armani Redes was 20th (17:01.25) and Brock Wooderson was 21st (17:11.47) for the Wildcats.
Matt Reis (16:40.07) and Drew Reis (16:41.52) were fourth and fifth, Cole Dunton took 14th (16:53.93) and Parker Anderson was 28th (17:20.63) to pace Lee’s Summit North.
CAMDENTON INVITATIONAL: Tessa Valdivia claimed the individual title and the Blue Springs girls put all six of their scoring runners in the top 22 to claim the Camdenton team title Saturday.
Valdivia won in 18:29.39, while Elaine Hubner took third in 19:14.11. Alyna Thibault (10th, 20:07.64), Reese Howard (12th, 20:24.36), Brooklyn Watkins (13th, 20:35.89) and Maddie Purvis (22nd, 21:07.05) rounded out the scoring as the Wildcats totaled 33 points to top Joplin’s 83.
GRAIN VALLEY INVITATIONAL: The Grain Valley boys had the top finisher and took second as a team in its own meet Saturday. The Grain Valley girls had the third best individual time and won the team title.
Royce Fisher won in 17:09.1 as the Eagles tallied 73 points to finish behind only Pleasant Hill (73). William Chrisman (193) was sixth, Fort Osage (198) was seventh, Truman (230) took 10th and Oak Grove (285) was 12th.
Grain Valley also got top 20 finishes from Gavin Leonard (ninth, 17:57.6), Collin Clemens (17th, 18:14.9) and Day Cooper (18th, 18:17.1).
Trey Dumas finished 14th (18:10.4) and Aaron Nyaway was 23rd (18:37.5) to lead Chrisman. Michael Reddick was 16th (18:11.0) and Micah Copeland was 29th (18:44.8) to pace Fort Osage. Justin Binnicker took 28th (18:43.1) and Nathan Lewis finished 31st (18:45.7) to lead Truman. Jacob Sandy claimed 13th (18:08.8) and Blake Nichols was 21st (18:31.1) for Oak Grove.
Truman’s Stacy Briggs continued her strong season, winning the girls varsity race in 19:44.3 over Fort Osage’s Hailey Alvis (20:17.5).
Grain Valley tallied 49 points. Fort Osage was sixth (129) and William Chrisman seventh (146).
Grain Valley had six finish in the top 25 led by Valerie Holcomb’s third-place showing in 20:44.6. Also taking top 25 spots for the Eagles were Kayla Wade (ninth, 21:52.7), Bailey Reich (14th, 22:42.6), Alaina Valverde (15th, 22:49.4), Afton Ehlen (20th, 23:18.2) and Lilly Ogle (25th, 23:50.1).
Lilly Conner-Urnise finished 17th (23:04.1) and Kayli Perez was 18th (23:07.8) to pace Chrisman.
Fort Osage’s Brailynn Harlan was 24th (23:46.9).
Caitlyn Quirmbach was 30th (24:24.7) for Oak Grove, which did not field enough runners for a team score.