Andy Youngworth was definitely pleased with his McAuley Catholic Warriors at the conclusion of Saturday’s season-opening Neosho Warm-Up cross country invitational.
“It was a great day for Warrior Cross Country,” said Youngworth, who made his debut as McAuley’s head coach. “It was a sunny, warm morning but our kids competed hard. For more than half of them, this was their first cross country race.”
The invite featured 2-mile races.
In his high school debut, McAuley freshman Michael Parrigon finished fourth in the boys race, crossing the line in 11 minutes, 26 seconds.
McAuley’s Kevin Tran finished 21st in 13:16, while teammate Armando Alberto was 25th in 13:28. Youngworth noted it was the first ever cross country meet at any level for both Tran and Alberto.
For the McAuley girls, Kendall Ramsey finished 14th with a time of 15:18.
Also of note, St. Peter’s Catholic Middle School’s Amelia Hagale recorded the 10th fastest time (15:04) among all female runners.
McAuley’s cross country teams will compete at the Aurora Invitational on Sept. 2.
Neosho’s Kaden Cole crossed the line first in the boys race with a time of 10:21.
Also for the Wildcats, Carson Newell was third (11:18), Gabe Mabrey took fifth (11:29), while Harry Slinkard (11:47) and Connor Jordon (12:02) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Neosho’s Bryce Hall finished 11th (12:20) and teammate Corbin Goins (12:30) was 15th.
For the Neosho girls, Chloe Wood (12:43) and Riley Kemna (13:18) finished first and second, respectively.
The Wildcats had three other girls finish in the top seven, as Adriana Adams placed fourth in 14:29, Makenna Davis took fifth with a time of 14:35 and Lakyn Prough was seventh in 14:53.
COLLEGE HEIGHTS RESULTS
College Heights Christian’s Caleb Quade placed 10th in the boys race with a time 12:15.
Jayli Johnson led the College Heights girls by finishing third in 14:26.
Also for the CHC girls, Madelynn Jordan was 20th, Sophia Moore was 21st, Madi Carson finished 24th and Stella Moore was 26th.
THOMAS JEFFERSON RESULTS
Thomas Jefferson’s Kip Atteberry was the runner-up in the boys race with a time of 11:13.
For the TJ girls, Macie Shifferd (14:55) and Sarah Mueller (14:58) finished ninth and 10th, respectively.