Elsberry takes second at home invitational; Gladney, Spratt medal
Elsberry Cross Country Coach Ezra Tillotson gathers his Varsity Girls just minutes before they head to the line to take second place at the Elsberry Invitational.
The 47th Annual Elsberry Cross Country Invitational began with 13 schools participating and the middle school boys answering the 4 p.m. gun.
Elsberry placed two runners on the ling for the 2500 meter race and both would make their best runs of the season.
Brendan Suddarth ran 21st in 19:13 and Nathan Miller ran 43rd in 13:20. Wellsville’s Hayden Colton, led the pack in 8:19 with Bowling Green taking team honors.
In the girls middle school run, Elsberry ran three. Faith Zimmerman would medal in 6th place with her best run of the season at 10:11. Eva Gladney ran in 18th at 11:26 and Josie Horne ran 28th in 12:35.
The fastest girl on the course was Bowling Green’s Kelsey Finley who finished in 9:30. Orchard Farm won the first place plaque.
The Varsity 5K Competition began with the girls race. Elsberry’s only complete team finished second overall.
Naomi Gladney led the Indian squad to take the 6th place medal in 22:47. Maggie Spratt also medaled in 12th place in 24:47. Mandy Horne finished 18th in 27:39, followed by Anne Marie Bufford in 25th in 29:41, Allie Smith 30th in 31:18 and Ann Heintzelman in 33rd in 32:33.
“Almost everyone improved upon their time,” said Head Coach Ezra Tillotson.
St. Clair’s Lyndsay Hardin finished first in 22:33 leading her team to the first place plaque.
Due to illness, Elsberry had no one in the boys Varsity 5K.
St. Clair would claim top honors with Orchard Farm’s Will Runion taking first with 18:21.
The day ended with the 5K Open with primarily Freshmen and Sophomores. EHS put two on the line. Jack Weakly ran 7th to medal in 22:23 and Austin King ran in 25th place in 25:24.
Up next for the Indians is the Hermann Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
“We get to see other quality schools that we don’t normally see at Invitational’s like Hermann and Fulton,” said Tillotson. “That is why we travel to these meets.”