The St. Vincent cross country teams made a statement.
The boys finished first, while the girls took second place at the Perryville High School Invitational on Tuesday in the Perryville City Park.
It was the first year that Perryville High School has hosted a meet since the program restarted.
“There were no hiccups and everything went really smooth,” Perryville coach Shadrick Shafer said of the meet.
The Indians were led by Gabriel Anders, who took second with a time of 18 minutes, 6.78 seconds. The Indians had three total runners finish inside the top 10 as Ethan Leible took ninth (19:32.13) and Jackson Unterreiner took 10th (19:37.33).
They couldn’t catch Windsor’s Bradley Ahrens, who finished more than one minute ahead of the field to take first place (16:55.91)
Other St. Vincent runners include Dane Kline, (22nd 20:59.17) and Ethan Schremp (30th 21:34.16). Trenton Heine finished right behind his teammate (31st 21:36.39).
The Perryville boys took fourth as a team with 105 points, while Saxony Lutheran took seventh with 161.
Perryville was led by Lucas Smith, (14th 20:09.18) and Ben Rehagen finished inside the top 25 (21st 20:55.67). Garrett Roth finished closely behind (23rd 21:00.53) and Porter Hoeckele took 25th (21:12.53).
Saxony Lutheran was led by Jesse Schupp’s finish (15th 20:15.24). Ty Seabaugh also finished inside the top 25 (20, 20:54.64).
The St. Vincent girls turned in several good times as well to finish behind Valle Catholic.
The Lady Indians had three runners finish in the top dozen runners, which started with Anna Schwartz’s fourth place finish (24:07.02). Gabrielle Gremaud finished closely behind (8th 25:40.79) and Katelyn Sutterer finished 12th (26:29.44).
Abby Kirn finished 15th (27:03.52) and three St. Vincent girls finished 20-22. Cailyn Prost (20, 28:32.49), Lacci Gibbar (21, 28:36.49) and Sophia Martin (22 28:41.30) as all finished inside the top 25.
The Perryville girls finished fourth as a team, but they did have the top runner in the race. Tegan Bishop finished first (21:28.78) more than one minute ahead of the second place runner, Madelyn Griffard of Valle Catholic (22:42.02).
Kira Hagan finished 23rd (28:55.59), while Keturah Pyland finished 27th (29:44.36).
Lillianne Franklin finished 30th (30:32.40).
The Saxony Lutheran girls were led by Myra Roth who finished sixth overall (25:32.27.) and Janell Windeknecht finished 31st overall (31:09.88)
All three schools will travel to Notre Dame for their next meet this Saturday.
The races are slated to start at 9 a.m.