Fresh off several impressive finishes for multiple runners in the Perryville Invitational, St. Vincent, Perryville and Saxony Lutheran runners took part in a much bigger meet and braved the rain as they travelled to the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday in Cape Girardeau.
The meet featured 24 schools with 113 runners in the boys race and 89 participants in the girls race.
Jackson walked away with the boys team title, as St. Vincent finished eighth and Perryville came in 11th place as a team. The St. Vincent girls fared a little better as they finished seventh as team. Perryville and Saxony Lutheran did not place as a whole squad.
Despite the lower finishes, there were plenty of personal records and better times across the meet as the local runners were pushed by more racers. Every runner, but for two, for St. Vincent had a better time on Saturday than they did at the Perryville meet, sometimes by several minutes. The same goes for Perryville as all but one runner had a better time on Saturday.
To see that, a person would have to look no farther than Tegan Bishop, who finished seventh in the girls race with a time of 20:48.45. Bishop won the Perryville Invitational on Sept. 28, but finished 40 seconds faster at Notre Dame.
The same could be said for St. Vincent’s Gabe Anders who finished ninth overall in the boys race (18:00.06), which was six seconds faster than the week prior. Bishop and Anders were the only top 10 finishes by local runners on the day.
However, that doesn’t mean there were not other impressive times in the races.
On the boys side for the Indians, Jackson Unterriner finished 28th (19:04) and Ethan Leible finished seconds behind in 35th place (19:14)
Dane Kline had a faster time on Saturday than his previous race by nearly one minute as he finished the Notre Dame meet in 75th place (21:02)
On the girls side, Anna Schwartz had the best finish for the Lady Indians on the day finishing in 28th place (23:16). Gabby Gremaud finished 41sr (24:42) as three Indians finished in succession, Abby Kirn finished 42nd (24:54) and Katelyn Sutterer finished 43rd (24:59). Kirn and Sutterer cut more than two minutes off their time from last week.
This was also the case for Lacci Gibbar (25:54), Cailyn Prost (26:13) and Sophia Martin (28:26)
Other than Bishop, Perryville had two other female runners participate in the event. Kira Hagan finished 39th overall (24:40) and Keturah Pyland finished 71st (27:30).
Lucas Smith led the Perryville boys with a 36th finish (19:16), while Porter Hoeckele finished 51st (20:06) just four spots ahead of his brother, Preston (21:11). Garrett Roth finished in 68th (20:45) while Ben Rehagen (21:05) and Waylon Krauss rounded out the Pirates’ day (21:07)
Saxony was led by Ty Seabuagh in 63rd place (20:39) and Myra Roth on the girls side (24:09)
Perryville Saxony and St. Vincent will race again Oct. 7 in Woodland.