Smithville girls cross country takes 4th at state

Smithville senior Olivia Littleton led the way for the Warriors girls cross country team as the group took fourth place at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 4 state championship race. Littleton finished in second place.

SMITHVILLE — Smithville girls cross country earned a fourth-place team trophy at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 4 state meet Friday, Nov. 6 at Gans Creek in Columbia.

The Warriors scored 116 points behind state champion West Plains at 53, Cor Jesu Academy at 75 and St. Teresa’s Academy at 80. The Warriors earned a team trophy for the third straight year after taking third place in Class 3 during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Senior Olivia Littleton led the way with a second-place finish as her time of 18:30.40 trailed only junior Lilian Jackson of St. Charles West. Littleton had her third top three finish at state, having placed second last year and third as a sophomore.

Her three senior teammates delivered top-32 performances to help elevate the team score.

Lily Cutler took 17th with a time of 19:38.10, Riley Kochanowicz finished 28th with a time of 20:01.00 and Emma Chevalier crossed the finish line in 32nd with a time of 20:10.90.

Junior Avery Bannwarth (69th, 21:00.50), freshman Anna Redline (100th, 21:43.10) and sophomore Genevieve Kochanowicz (117th, 22:10.80) rounded out the group of Smithville runners at state.

Kearney

The Kearney girls team finished seventh of a 17-team field in Class 4 with 202 points.

Sophomore Abby Elam cracked the top 20 with a time of 19.41.30. Senior Jillian Vaughn was not too far behind as her time of 19:51.80 earned her a 24th-place finish. Vaughn was competing at state for the third time in her career after taking 106th as a freshman and 124th as a junior.

Sophomore Bella Donze (63rd, 20:46.80), freshman Gracie Bomar (82nd, 21:15.90), freshman Heidi Adams (87th, 21.24.10) senior Aggie Edwards (107th, 21:55.40) and sophomore Jenna Stedman (148th, 23:33.00) were the rest of the Bulldogs runners who ran at state.

Kearney returned its girls team to the state meet for the first time since 2014.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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