Lansing's Nashia Baker, Leavenworth's Taryn Schoen have big weekends as well

Competing in a race that hosted 192 runners from 21 different teams, the University of Saint Mary men's cross country team came away with a rather huge accomlishment Saturday.

At the Southern Stampede on the campus of Missouri Southern State University, the Spires placed second overall as team, topping several nationally ranked competitors in doing so.

"The men showed that they are a top 25 ranked team," USM coach David Dominguez. "I was proud of the way they all ran. Our two freshmen, Caeser (Castillo) and Russell (Brown), really stepped up their game to help the team lock (down) a top two finish."

Saint Mary was led by Brooks Ballou, who placed ninth with a time of 26 minutes, seven seconds. Next was Nick Haines in 16th place, Castillo at 19th and Cameron Avilez in 23rd. Brown finished in 45th, Ricardo Cortez was 112th and Aaron Potter placed 117th.

Lansing's Baker continues to dominate
New week, same result for Lansing cross country's Nashia Baker.

After winning the Bishop Miege Invitational two weeks ago, the Lady Lion runner did the same this past weekend at Bonner Springs.

Running the race in 14 minutes, 37 seconds, Baker set a new course record as she cruised to first place on Saturday. Sister Malika Baker came in second with a 15:00 finish while Caitlin LaNeve also medal for Lansing by coming in 26th place.

In the boys' competition, Chris Brown earned 31st place with a 17 minute, 47 second time while Vincent Brosius was the next best Lion runner, winning 75th place.

The Lansing squads' next race will be Saturday's KU Invitational, which starts at 8 a.m.

Four medal for Leavenworth at Shawnee
Both Leavenworth cross country teams came in fifth place Saturday at the Shawnee Heights Invite.

For the girls, Taryn Schoen won eighth with a 16 minute, 37 second time while Madison Schoen took 10th at 16:43. Lindi Young won 15th at 17:09.

The lone boy medalist was Jordan Boyce, who won eighth with a time of 18 minutes six seconds.

"We improved again this week and had several personal records so we are heading in the right direction," LV coach Willis Willmeth said. "I think some of the kids are just starting to realize that 'Hey, I can run faster and further than I thought,' so some of their mental walls are starting to come down."

Leavenworth will compete in the KU Invitational this Saturday at 8 a.m.