Lady Jays win Invite; Jefferson City boys finish fifth

CAMDENTON, Mo. — The Jefferson City Lady Jays captured first place in the large school division Saturday at the Laker Cross Country Invitational.

The Lady Jays scored 50 points as a team and won a tie-breaker with West Plains to take the title.

Briana Watson led Jefferson City with a third-place finish in 19:03. Conradette King was right behind, taking fourth in 19:16.

Other finishers for the Lady Jays were Emily Crawford (10th, 19:55), Abby Baker (14th, 20:25), Ashby Dunlap (21st, 20:50), Sam Burton (26th, 21:16) and Harley Bailey (39th, 21:40).

Emily Deeken came in first in 21:51 in the JV race.

The Helias Lady Crusaders came in seventh with a team score of 169 points.

Joni Reinkemeyer finished 25th to medal for Helias with a time of 21:12. Maria Backes came in 30th in 21:25, followed by Ali Boudreau (32nd, 21:29), Amanda Patino (47th, 22:18), Sarah Wieberg (51st, 22:31), Jenna Oldham (67th, 23:06) and Suzie Ahlvers (69th, 23:15).

In the small school division, Blair Oaks won the crown with 44 team points.

Clinton was second with 60 points.

Emily Cumpton led the Lady Falcons with a thirdplace finish in 20:34.

Other finishers for the Lady Falcons were Elizabeth Prenger (eighth, 22:17), Maggie Dorge (10th, 22:20), Nicole Lueckenhoff (12th, 22:28), Darian Werdehausen (15th, 22:53) and Amanda Gale (29th, 24:29).

On the boys side, the Jays finished fifth with 139 team points.

West Plains won the title with 52.

Isaac Baumann led the way for the Jays with a 16th-place finish in 16:42. Kent Mastroianni finished 17th in 16:46, followed by Caleb Ruth (31st, 17:26), Cole Dodson (34th, 17:35), Lendon Calhoun (38th, 17:41), Kevin McGovney (46th, 17:58) and Lucas Theroff (54th, 18:14).

Jack Gamble finished seventh in the JV race in 18:01.

Helias came in ninth with 246 points.

Michael McCoy came in 13th with a time of 16:35 to lead the Crusaders. Cody Lute finished 33rd in 17:27, followed by Austin Raithel (45th, 17:55), Nick Vellios (73rd, 18:52), Austin Smith (82nd, 19:22), Vincent Altomari (90th, 20:09) and Eric Prullage (91st, 20:14).

Blair Oaks took third in the small school division with 89 points.

School of the Osage won the team title with 67 points.

Brett Voss led the way for the Falcons, taking second in 17:06.

Other finishers for the Falcons were Jordan Schaefer (21st, 19:31), Alex Schroeder (23rd, 19:36), Brett Van Loo (25th, 19:42), Andrew Connell (34th, 20:21), Blake Branch (40th, 20:49) and Craig Clark (41st, 20:55).

Jefferson City and Helias return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Helias Invitational.

Blair Oaks travels Tuesday to the Cuba Invitational.

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