Even after losing a pair of all-state runners in Tori Findley and Danielle Hotalling to graduation, the Blue Springs South girls cross country squad is proving it’s still a strong team.
The Jaguars captured second in a field of 23 teams in the top division of the Forest Park XC Festival Saturday in St. Louis.
South totaled 135 points to finish behind only O’Fallon (Ill.), which had 126. Blue Springs finished ninth at 258 in the Green Division.
“It is the second straight year (we) have narrowly missed winning this event,” South girls coach Ryan Unruh said. “It was an outstanding performance by the team.”
Sophomore Jayme Opdahl led the way, finishing 14th on the 5-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 1.60 seconds. Mya Trober, who was 23rd (22:21.80), and Lauren Low, who took 28th (22:30.70), also claimed individual medals for South. Freshman McKenna Ledgerwood finished just out of the medals in 31st place (22:36.80), while Paige Fallis rounded out the scoring in 45th place (23:03.00).
Alyna Thibault earned a medal with a 24th-place finish (22:25.30) to lead Blue Springs. Reese Howard finished 38th (22:49.30).
In the boys Green Division, Blue Springs claimed 10th place (292). Neuqua Valley of Naperville, Illinois, won with 91.
Gabe McClain (14th, 17:51.10) and Brock Wooderson (19th, 18:03.90) medaled for the Wildcats.
OLATHE NORTH TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL: Blue Springs South claimed seventh place out of 16 teams in the Twilight Invitational Saturday evening.
The Jaguars totaled 175 points.
Dillon Grover finished eighth in 16:24 to medal. sophomore Jackson Lile finished in 26th place with a personal record time of 17:17, and senior Nate Henks was 31st (17:17).