The Perryville and St. Vincent cross-country teams had the opportunity to see how they stack up against their conference opponents. They made the most of that chance as the St. Vincent boys and girls each finished fifth and the Perryville boys finished sixth at the Jefferson County Athletic Association meet on Saturday at West City Park in Festus.
The Perryville girls did not qualify to place as a team because they had only three runners participate, but they left their marks on the race. Tegan Bishop came in first place with a time of 20:51.04. The time was more than 25 seconds faster than De Soto’s Kayla Vogelsang, who finished in second place overall.
Kira Hagan came in 37th overall (25:27.01) and Keturah Pyland finished 47th (27:32.38) to round out the day for the Lady Pirates.
The St. Vincent girls had some quality times as Anna Schwartz was sandwiched between Bishop and her Perryville teammates in 19th place overall (22:40.28). Schwartz’s teammates all finished close together as Abby Kirn finished 30th overall (24:18.82), and not far behind was Gabby Gremaud who finished 31st overall (24:25.00). Cailyn Prost finished 38th (25:42.33), while Lacci Gibbar and Sophia Martin weren’t far away in 40th (25:59.56) and 41th (26:05.20) respectively.
Katelyn Sutterer rounded out the Lady Indians’ day right behind Martin in 42nd (26:22.79)
Gabe Anders was the first Indian to cross the finish line in 16th place overall (17:56.88). Jackson Unterreiner finished 24th overall (18:57.64) with Ethan Leible one spot behind his teammate in 25th (18:58.96). Dane Kline was 38th (20:38.64), while Trenton Heine (21:11.49) came in 43rd place. Ethan Buerck and Ethan Schremp rounded out the day for the Indians with times of 22:11.10 and 22:27.88 respectively.
As for the Pirates Lucas Smith was the first Pirate to finish, as he came in 28th place overall (19:34.53) and Porter Hoeckele finished 31st (20:00.80). Preston Hoeckele wasn’t too far behind in 34 (20:09.33) and Garrett Roth came in 36th (20:32.97) Ben Rehagen (20:43.14) and Ezekiel Pyland (20:51.92) were the final Pirates to cross the finish line.
The Pirates and Indians will compete in their respective district races on Oct. 30.
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