For the second straight year, a Grain Valley freshman is the Missouri River Valley Conference West girls cross country champion.

And, for the first time in the program’s three-year history, the girls team is a conference champion.

For the second straight year, a Grain Valley freshman is the Missouri River Valley Conference West girls cross country champion.
And, for the first time in the program’s three-year history, the girls team is a conference champion.
Freshman Rachel Reddell ran to a first-place finish in the MRVC West Championships at Richmond in 22 minutes, 48 seconds on the 5-kilometer course.
Sophomore Alyssa Webb, was fifth in 23:30 to help the Eagles claim the girls team title with 30 points.
“It was another great effort by the girls team,” Grain Valley coach Michael Painting said. “The course was extremely muddy, making for slick footing. The times were not what we were hoping to be, but the effort was outstanding as a team.
“Rachel’s confidence keeps building and I see her moving on to the state level this year. She may be joined by her team.”
All seven Grain Valley runners finished in the top 11, including Cory Henson (seventh, 23:37), Sabra Warriner (eighth, 23:38), last year's winner Courtney Johnson (ninth, 23:40), Myranda Coons (10th, 23:55) and Kelly Gillotti (11th, 23:59).
The Grain Valley boys took second behind a pair of top-five finishes. Tyree Meadows finished fourth in 17:48, while Tyler Ishmael was fifth in 17:49 to lead the Eagles, whose 59 points trailed only Pleasant Hill’s 44.
“(They) finished behind three all-state runners,” Painting said of Meadows and Ishmael. “The boys did a great job of finishing second.”
The Oak Grove boys finished sixth with 164 points. Tyler Banks led the Panthers with a 15th-place showing in 19:34. Oak Grove did have an entrant in the varsity girls race.
ST. MARY’S FALL CLASSIC: Host St. Mary’s placed three in the top 10 to take second in the boys team standings at their own meet at William Jewell College in Liberty.
BJ Pettus led the Trojans on the 5-kilometer course by taking fourth in 19:07. Tyler Graef was sixth in 19:24 and Connor Pace finished ninth in 19:49.
Lone Jack, led by Gilbert Daniel’s win in 18:27, took the boys team title with 21 points.
The St. Mary’s girls totaled 66 points to finish third behind O’Hara (36) and Odessa (63). O’Hara’s Claire Becker was the individual winner in 23:58.
Danielle Tyler was ninth in 27:14 and Jennifer Chung took 10th in 27:29 to lead the Trojans.