Lenexa Free State High's girls cross country runners placed 4-5-6 on Saturday en route to the team title at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational at SM Park.
Jackie Dubois placed fourth in 16:38 to pace the No. 4-ranked Firebirds at the 4-kilometer race.
Sarah Underwood (fifth, 16:39) and Mallory Richardson (sixth, 16:51) joined Dubois in the top 10. Maija Cheung (11th, 17:07) and Lindsey Witthaus (14th, 17:10) also contributed to Free State's team total of 40 points, nine better than No. 1 Shawnee Mission Northwest.
"Great performance," FSHS coach Steve Heffernan said. "We came in and beat the top-ranked team on their home course. All week long we had talked about the girls running their race and really challenging themselves in the last half of the race. They came in and did just that. About halfway through the race Shawnee Mission Northwest's girls had a lead on our ladies and then our girls made their moves in the second part drawing even with Northwest and then pulling away over the last 1,000 meters.
"This wasn't a surprise. On Friday, I told them to enjoy the role of being the underdog because it wasn't going to be that way much longer."
In the boys race, Lawrence High placed fifth with 143 points, ahead of No. 1-ranked SM Northwest, which finished sixth at 155. The Lions were the top Kansas team.
"The boys race was extremely competitive," LHS coach Dick Reamon said. "(SM Northwest) coach (Van) Rose brought in extra teams and wanted a championship type meet out of the Midwest. That's what he pretty much had."
LHS sophomore Dylan McClain finished in 16:20 to place eighth in the 5-kilometer race. Justin Riley was Lawrence's No. 2 runner, finishing in 16:46.
As for toppling perennial power SM Northwest, Reamon said, "We have seen them twice and we've beat them twice. That's worth a little something, but they have to get some people well and healthy. We didn't run bad, but it wasn't a great day for us."
Lauren Davis placed ninth in 17:00 to lead the LHS girls.
"We're starting to put it together and getting a little more unity," Reamon said.