For the first and probably only time this season, all three area cross country teams trekked to the same competition on Saturday.
Runners from Leavenworth, Lansing and Pleasant Ridge competed in the 2012 Rim Rock Farm Class in Lawrence against some of the best the state of Kansas and its neighbors had to offer.
The following is how each local school fared at the massive event.
Of the two Leavenworth squads, the Lady Pioneers shone the brightest.
As a team, the girls earned 24th overall in the crimson division while the boys came in 40th in the same category.
“I was pleased with the kids,” LV coach Willis Willmeth said. “We only ran like 28 people and 14 of them had personal records and 11 of those were their best times of the year. Kids are getting faster and the times are showing that.”
Leading the ladies in blue was Madison Schoen, who placed 44th, and Taryn Schoen, who secured 59th place. Following them were Lindi Young (103rd), Briana Bressman (115th), Ashton Larabee (238th) and Annika Wulff (239th).
The best LV boys’ runner was Jordan Boyce, who pocketed a 125th place. His teammates’ results included: Greg Flores 156th, Josh Carmerena 236th, Ben Richardson 272nd, Matt Marengo 273rd and Josh McMillin 281st.
Leavenworth will participate in the Topeka Seaman invite at 9 a.m. Saturday.
As a squad, the Lions pulled out two top 20 finishes.
The girls came in 13th within the crimson division and the boys placed 17th in the blue division.
Individually, however, is where the squads made their biggest noise. For the girls, Nashia Baker won third and Malika Baker fourth while Chris Brown was the top boys’ runner with a 48th finish.
“As a team we improved,” Lansing coach Brian Malm said. “We are making steps to where we want to be and it was good for the kids to run on the track that they could potentially be running on for state.”
The rest of the Lady Lions results: Caitlin LaNeve, 64th; Jordan Maestas, 137th; Catherine Strehlow, 180th; Abbie Hilliard, 190; and Blake Colby, 218th. The remaining Lansing boys results: Vincent Brosius, 125th; Joe Walter, 126th; Jack Bresser, 133rd; Joe Lorenzen, 138th; Dylan Root, 186th; and Nicolas Albl, 194th.
The team’s next meet will be at Baldwin Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Much like Leavenworth and Lansing, it was the Pleasant Ridge girls’ squad that carried the Ridge banner on Saturday.
The Lady Rams nailed down seventh place in the blue division while the boys’ squad did not place in the blue division. Top runners for PR included Rachel Hattok winning 29th, Hailey Worthington clinching 35th and Kristina Silvers sealing up 55th place. The boys top placer was Tony Weber, who came in 31st.
Additional Pleasant Ridge placements included Grace McKinney (96th), Taylor Satre (126th), Peyton Gould (140th) and Carly Simonis (141st).
“The kids ran extremely hard and left everything out on the course,” PR coach Chad Hendrix said. “They went against a lot of great runners and didn’t back down from anyone.”
PR will compete at Horton on Thursday at 4 p.m.