Liberty, Liberty North, Smithville compete at KC Classic

Liberty’s Ellie Maynor leads Smithville’s Olivia Littleton during the KC Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Peculiar. Littleton finished the race third and Maynor was sixth.

PECULIAR — Liberty North and Liberty’s boys cross country teams took fourth and fifth place, respectively, and Liberty’s girls placed third while Olivia Littleton highlighted Smithville’s runs at the KC Classic on Saturday, Oct. 5., on Raymore-Peculiar’s cross country course.


The Blue Jays tallied 139 points to finish third overall and as the top Missouri squad in the girls race, finishing behind runner-up Blue Valley West (98) and race champion Olathe West (74).

Ellie Maynor continued her strong freshman campaign with a sixth place showing, traversing the course in 19:26. Freshmen Sutton Richardson (20th) and Ella Lawrence (25th) turned in strong runs with a 20:40 and 20:47, respectively.

Sophomore Brook Yeates (42nd) crossed the line in 21:10 while sophomore Sasha Hough (50th) clocked in at 21:18 to complete the team scoring.

On the boys side, Ryan Mata finished in 21st with a time of 16:53 and Brady Maher was 25th in 17:02. Samuel Clearly placed 33rd in 17:15 while Kenneth Lenger III was 42nd in 17:21 and Andrew Bolz was 46th in 17:27.

Liberty’s boys finished fifth, just behind Liberty North who edged out the Blue Jays by four points. St. Thomas Aquinas won the team tile, while Olathe South was second and Rockhurst third.

Liberty North

Sam Travis and Ethan Lee finished in the top 10 to lead the Eagles to a fourth place finish.

Travis crossed the line in sixth with a time of 16:29, and Lee was ninth after a 16:39 time.

Jakob Lewis (17:18) and Justin King (17:23) were the next two Liberty North finishers, crossing the line in 39th and 43rd, respectively. Dylan Duncan posted a time of 17:43 for 66th place to round out the Eagles’ scoring.

Elizabeth Stinson recorded a ninth place performance, finishing with a time of 19:50 to lead Liberty North’s girls to seventh in the team standings.

Brooke Ware ran her way to a 21:13 finish in 45th place while Abigail Hedges dialed in a 21:19 for 52nd, Kaylee Smith a 21:30 for 65th and Shelby Johnson a 21:35 for 72nd.


Littleton was the top Missouri finisher with her time of 19:12 to aid the Warriors to a seventh place effort.

The Warriors’ top runner was third overall behind two Kansas runners.

Emma Chevalier was the next Warrior across the finish line in 62nd place after a time of 21:28. Lily Cutler (21:31) was 67th, Riley Kochanowicz (21:47) was 83rd and Regan Schmidt (22:05) was 97th.

Smithville’s boys finished 17th in the team standings.

Jonah Palmer was the Warriors’ lead runner, clocking in at 17:38 for 61st place.

Also contributing for Smithville was Talon Scott (18:06, 96th), Quinton Wilson (18:09, 101st), Asa Kellner (18:29, 119th) and Regan Dunn (19:11, 157th).


Kearney runners took part in the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Bulldogs’ girls placed 29th in a competitive field that consisted of 50 teams while the boys side took 40th out of 50 teams.

Tyler Pedee posted the best individual performance for the Bulldogs, crossing the finish line in 16:23 for 47th place in the boys race.

Cameron Smith and Jacob Wootton both finished in 17:48 while Isaiah Skidmore (18:16) and Brendan Elam (18:21) also contributed to the team’s points.

Jillian Vaughn led Kearney’s girls with a time of 21:01 for 139th place.

Abby Elam clocked in at 21:04 while Bella Donze finished in 21:24, Abby Smith in 22:42 and Makenna Becker in 23:00.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.

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