The top five cross country runners for Eudora High School medaled at their own invitational, but the team could only place second behind Gardner-Edgerton.
"We were hoping we could win it," Eudora coach Dave Durkin said, "but I expected all of them to finish in the top 25. I'm really not displeased with how we ran."
Cyrus Hall led the way for the Cardinals, finishing seventh in 18:11. Ben Thomas was ninth in 18:35, followed by Jay Pewenofkit who ran the race in 18:45. Dan Chrislip, 14th in 19:04, and James Barr, 22nd in 19:16, also counted towards Eudora's team score of 56 points.
"I'd like to see Ben and Cyrus finish a little higher," Durkin said.
Gardner-Edgerton won the event with 40 points, led by Tim Kleier, who won in 17:17.
Eudora's girls' team placed fourth, one spot out of medal contention. The team finished with 92 points, led by Jill Abel who placed seventh in 13:53. Others scoring points for the Cardinals were: Estelle Montgomery, 15th, 14:34; Wendi Burke, 26th, 15:33; Carolyn Jones, 29th, 15:36; and Sarah Katzfey, 30th, 15:47.
Paola finished first with 53 points and was led by Tiffany Lytle. Lytle finished the 2-mile race in 12:57. Wellsville placed second with 75 points
The Eagles had three runners in the top six, but the other two team members counting towards the team total finished out the top 25.
"Those top three girls have been running well all year," Wellsville coach Tim Savage said. "They have more experience as distance runners. Except for our girl who placed second, everyone else is a first-year runner."
Jackie Caruthers led the Eagles, finishing second in 13:14. Erica Blakenship finished fifth in 13:36, Hope Inglehart, sixth in 13:49, Kellie Clayton, 34th in 16:03, and Megan Reed, 38th in 17:03, also scored points for Wellsville.
"Our four and five girls moved up, actually," Savage said. "We're just trying to get to a point at regionals where they've moved up enough to help us. We are young on the girls' side."
McLouth finished third in the girls' race with 78 points. Courtney Edmonds finished third, Tina Edgell, 12th in 14:21, Crystal Edgell, 13th in 14:30, Lisa Byers, 27th in 15:34, and Alayna Stewart, 36th in 16:16, also contributed points to the team total.
In the boys' race, Wellsville finished fifth and McLouth sixth. Brad Kramer led the way for the Eagles, placing fifth in 18:02. Others scoring points for Wellsville included: Aaron Jewel, 17th, 19:10; Brad Bloss, 20th, 19:14; Lance Green, 23rd, 19:17; and Dustin Lewis, 24th, 19:20.
McLouth's top finisher was Mark Smelser, who placed 25th in 19:25. Jason Burnett, who placed 35th in 20:52, Brant Watson, 26th in 21:02, Brian Hallingsworth, 40th in 22:00, and Chad Gill, 43rd in 24:38, also counted towards the team total.