Samantha Nightingale continues to have a stellar season.

Samantha Nightingale continues to have a stellar season.

The Blue Springs South junior captured her second major title of the season, claiming first place in the Gold Division girls Saturday at the Rim Rock Farm Classic at the University of Kansas.

Nightingale finished the 4-kilometer course in 14 minutes, 32.5 seconds, more than six seconds better than runner-up Maggie Montoya of Rogers (Ark.).

“We were pretty excited,” Jaguars coach Ryan Unruh said.

To put the victory in perspective, Unruh said Nightingale didn’t just beat the girls in her race. She beat all the girls there.

“She essentially beat 600 girls Saturday,” he said. “She’s at a really good place right now.”

The Jaguars took just 16th as a team, totaling 412 points. Lindsey Woody was the next highest finisher for the Jaguars, taking 63rd with a time of 16:41.9.

“We feel like the new girls are coming along,” Unruh said.

Lee’s Summit North made an impressive showing taking fourth place in the Gold Division with three runners finishing in the top 11. Senior Taylor Hynes claimed eighth place in 15:35.7, while Carson Severson and Tessa Riley were 10th and 11th, respectively, in 15:41.6 and 15:41.8.

In the Gold Division boys race, Blue Springs finished 21st with 471 points, while Lee’s Summit West was 19th at 436. Brit Trusty was the top finisher for Blue Springs, taking 64th in 17:14.1 over the 5-kilometer course. Austin Clowes finished 42nd in 16:55.6 for West. Lee’s Summit was 31st at 773, with Vinny Tadokoro taking 76th (17:19.9).

In the Crimson Division, Truman’s Justin Brown led the way for area runners. He finished seventh over the 5-kilometer course in 16:54.8 as the Patriots took sixth as a team with 315 points. Harrison Harmon finished 23rd in 17:14.2, while freshman Cole Rockhold was 33rd in 17:24.3 and Austin Lightner was 41st in 17:34.6.

In the Crimson Division girls 4-kilometer race, Sara Ruckman claimed 39th place in 17:01.8 for an incomplete Truman team. Fort Osage finished 30th with 817 points. Breanna Houghtalin was the Indians’ top finisher in 142nd.

The Grain Valley boys also had an impressive performance in the Blue Division. Tyree Meadows ran to a fourth-place finish on the 4-kilometer course in 16:47.5 as the Eagles took fifth out of 21 teams with 189 points.

Josh Amos took 19th in 17:44.6 and Brandon Schrader was 32nd in 18:11.2 for the Eagles.

“Everyone of the varsity runners ran a personal best time – I couldn’t ask for more,” Grain Valley coach Mike Painting said “I’ve really been impressed with their effort these last three weeks. Hopefully we’ll continue to show improvement in time to peak at districts. Tyree is building up a lot of confidence that he can compete at the higher levels. The whole teams confidence is that they’ll keep dropping their times as they continue to be comfortable going out harder and harder.”

The Grain Valley girls were 17th out of 24 teams with 431 points. Kelly Gillotti led the way for the Eagles, taking 74th in 18:07.3.