Perryville boys win first ever CC meet


The Perryville boys cross country team had a great day at the St. Vincent Invitational, to say the least on Aug. 30 at the Seminary Grounds in Perryville.
The Pirates ran away with first place at the event as they earned 43 points, 11 points ahead of second place Oak Ridge. It was the first event that the Perryville boys have won in history.
St. Vincent boys finished fourth with 101 points and Saxony Lutheran finished sixth with 162.
The Pirates had four runners place inside the top 10 overall and five inside the top 15 in the race.
Perryville was led by junior Porter Johnson who finished fifth overall with a time of 18:03.90, while Bair Hopkins was close behind in seventh place at 18:13.19. Sophomore Clayton Bauwens and Preston Johnson finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth overall respectively. Bauwens ran the course in 18:16.34, while Johnson finished in 18:28.71.
Sophomore Micah Brown finished inside the top 15, earning 14th overall with a time of 19:14.76. Ezekiel Pyland finished 26th (20:47.03) and Marcas Smith 29th (21:07.72).
The Perryville girls finished second out of five teams with a group score of 58. Potosi High School won the girls side with 20 points. The Trojans had five runners finish inside the top eight overall.

The Pirates best finish on the girls side was freshman Lucy Blythe, who earned 10th place with a time of 24:21.12. Sophomore Makayla Iffert finished 14th (24:57.25) and Gwyn Newbrough was 16th at 25:21.99. Olivia Iffert (25:54.48) and Anna Rehagen (26:04.90.) finished 19th and 20th respectively.
For St. Vincent, the boys had several good finishes and were led by senior Jackson Unterreiner and freshman Carter Hennemann. Unterreiner finished fourth with a time of 18:01.78 and Hennemann was right behind at 18:12.14.
The Indians had good days from Braden Pech (20:23.74) who finished 24th and Ethan Hotop (20:51.54) who finished 27th overall.
The St. Vincent girls were led by Abigail Kirn, who finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place overall with a time of 24:26.22. Sophomore Reagan Meyer was 26th overall with a time of 26:59.61, while senior Cailyn Prost was 30th overall at 27:35.68.
Kennedy Sutterer was 36th with a time of 29:17.86.
For Saxony Lutheran, they didn’t have enough girls to score as a team, but junior Myra Roth finished fifth overall with a time of 23:44.50. Faith Dreyer was 12 overall at 24:35.80.
For the Saxony boys, Seth Mueller was 25th overall at 20:42.60 and sophomore Mark Richey finished 32nd overall at 21:27.78.