PLATTE CITY — Smithville’s boys and girls cross country teams swept the district meet for a fourth straight season on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Platte Ridge Park.
But just barely.
Smithville’s girls beat St. Pius X by four points for the girls title and the boys inched past Maryville via a tiebreaker as the Warriors’ No. 6 runner, Isaac Edson, finished higher than the Spoofhounds’ sixth runner.
“That was an exciting race,” Warriors coach Alex Moore said. “We knew it was going to be close but we didn’t know it was going to end up in a tie.”
Smithville and Maryville each finished with 43 team points. The Warriors placed three runners in the top 10, with senior Jonah Palmer leading the way with a runner-up finish.
Junior Talon Scott chalked up a fourth-place finish and freshman Asa Kellner placed ninth. Additionally, junior Quinton Wilson finished 14th and sophomore Regan Dunn was 17th ahead of Edson’s key 20th-place standing.
“We got to celebrate somebody that isn’t normally celebrated so that was great,” Moore said of Edson’s finish. “Our team kind of got to rally around Isaac.”
Junior Olivia Littleton cruised to an individual girls title with a time of 19:31, 1 minute, 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Story Downing of Lincoln Prep.
Littleton was followed by juniors Emma Chevalier and Riley Kochanowicz, who placed third and seventh, respectively.
Sophomore Avery Bannwarth finished 14th for the Warriors, while senior Regan Schmidt was 18th and junior Lillian Cutler was 19th.
The Warriors recorded 41 points to St. Pius’ 45.
On the sweep of the district meet, Moore said it’s all about continuing the program’s tradition.
“We’re in our 21st season and we’re just trying to get better each year,” he said. “We’re trying to produce athletes that will put forth the grit necessary to get their personal bests and to come together and be the best team in our districts and hopefully at state.”