Smithvile girls cross country win another Suburban Blue title

Smithville’s girls claimed a Suburban Blue cross country title Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jesse James Park in Kearney. Pictured from left to right: Regan Schmidt, Riley Kochanowicz, Avery Bannwarth, Emma Chevalier and Olivia Littleton. Lily Cutler and Genevieve Kochanowicz are not pictured.

KEARNEY — The Smithville girls cross country team is now 2-for-2 on Suburban Blue conference championships as Olivia Littleton led the Warriors to a second straight league title, while Kearney’s Tyler Pedee won the boys race on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jesse James Park.


Littleton, a junior, won the girls league title by more than a minute to help Smithville to back-to-back team league titles in its second year in the Suburban Blue conference.

Littleton traversed the course in 19:56, beating runner-up Platte County’s Maddie Klippenstein, who finished in 21:07.

Emma Chevalier and Riley Kochanowicz joined Littleton on the first team all-conference team, finishing in sixth and ninth, respectively. Chevalier finished with a time of 21:51, while Kochanowicz clocked in at 22:09.

Lily Cutler (22:27) and Avery Bannwarth (22:39) earned second team all-league recognition. Cutler finished in 14th place and Bannwarth was right behind in 15th. Regan Schmidt rounded out the team scoring in 21st, finishing in 22:56.

The Warriors, scoring 45 points, beat runner-up Grain Valley by nine points.

Smithville place fourth in the boys race, compiling 82 points. Jonah Palmer led the Warriors with a sixth-place finish with a time of 17:55, earning first team all-conference honors.

Talon Scott just made the cut for first team honors, finishing in 10th place with a time of 18:08. Quinton Wilson earned second team recognition after finishing in 12th place in 18:14. Asa Kellner was next across the line for the Warriors, placing 25th, while Elliott Knight rounded out the scoring with a 29th-place finish.


Pedee ran a strong 17:05 on his home course to claim the individual conference championship and lead the Bulldogs to a third-place finish.

Pedee, who finished eighth at conference last year with a time of 18:16, bested runner-up Royce Fisher of Grain Valley (17:19).

Pedee and Isaiah Skidmore claimed first team all-conference honors.

Skidmore finished eighth with a time of 18:05.

Jacob Wootton (18:22) placed 15th for second team recognition, while Cameron Smith (18:25) was 16th and Reed Beyeler (18:32) was 18th to round out the scoring.

Grain Valley earned the boys team title with 50 points, while Platte County was the runner-up with 57 and Kearney was third (58).

On the girls side, Jillian Vaughn raced a 21:41 for a fourth-place individual performance and first team all-conference honors.

Isabella Donze also claimed first team recognition, finishing in 22:00 for eighth place.

Abby Elam got second team all-conference for an 11th-place effort, finishing in 22:15. Abby Smith placed 17th in 22:41, while Aggie Edwards (22:51) completed the scoring after finishing in 19th place.

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

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