Poplar Bluff's Deaton, Dexter's Nea run to wins at Arcadia Valley

IRONTON, Mo. — Poplar Bluff’s Jaden Deaton and Dexter’s Margo Nea ran away from the pack at the Arcadia Valley XC Invitational on Saturday.

Deaton won by 47 seconds, cutting 44 seconds from his second-place time last year as a sophomore. He ran the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes 5.9 seconds.

Nea won the girls race by a minute and nine seconds in 20:33.93.

Potosi swept the team titles, each winning by 44 points, with the boys scoring 65 and the girls claiming the title with 32 points.

Poplar Bluff’s boys finished fourth while the girls also finished fourth as a team led by sophomore Salah McCormack in 13th place at 23:55 and junior Alexis Richardson at 24:12 for 19th.

Paige Bradley (25:20) finished 33rd for Poplar Bluff while Julia Smothers (25:48) was 40th and Ava Smith (26:20) was 48th to complete the Mules’ score of 113. Poplar Bluff was five points behind St. Pius X and three ahead of Woodland.

Poplar Bluff’s Brent Worley (20:51) finished 48th followed by Tristan Gillihan (10:53) while Aaron Taylor (21:00) was 53rd and Ashten Hayman (21:10) was 56th to put the Mules one point ahead of Kennett with 154 points.

Dexter’s boys placed sixth at 162 led by Carter Dorton (18:33) in eighth place and Gavin Cartwright (19:25) in 19th. Clayton Bell (20:44), Andrew Ellinghouse (21:35) and Miller McLaughlin (23:09) scored for the Bearcats.

Dexter’s girls were seventh at 147 with Nea winning, Gabrielle Brown (25:10) in 31st place, Sophia Chasteen (26:56) 55th, Alanie Lacy (27:21) 57th and Maria Ureta (29:21) scoring.

Bloomfield topped Puxico in the boys standings for 11th, 256-293.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore Josh Reynolds in 30th place at 19:51 and Conner Scott (20:58) was 52nd.

Puxico senior Ethan Helm (21:10) finished 55th while freshman Duncan Crabb (21:21) was 59th.

Jagger Robinson of Greenville placed 22nd in 19:33.

Poplar Bluff’s junior high girls won the team title with 40 points led by Madison Kordick’s win. She ran the 2,500-meter course in 9:22, winning by 0.83 of a second while Lyndsay Weaver was third at 9:30. Hannah Kee (10:05) placed 10th, Laynie Jones (10:06) was 12th and Samantha Reuiz (10:38) finished 29th.

Poplar Bluff’s junior high boys finished 11th as a team.


Poplar Bluff opened its season with a state consideration time in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Cape Rock Invitational in Cape Girardeau.

Gavin Vaughn, Elijah McAtee, Christian Todd and Kastin Caudel finished 16th in the relay at 1:53.53. Their time was 6.33 seconds faster than the team’s top time last season.

Vaughn, a sophomore, placed 21st in the 500 freestyle at 5:51.88 and 22nd in the 200-individual medley at 2:25.4.

Caudel, a sophomore, was 28th in the 50 freestyle at 25.8 seconds and 32nd in the 100 freestyle at 59.22.

McAtee, a freshman, was 44th in the 200 freestyle at 2:24.42 and 48th in the IM at 2:56.16.

Todd placed 40th in the 100 breaststroke at 1:22.68 and 48th in the 50 at 29.24.

Darius Sagharichi finished 46th in the 100 butterfly and 58th in the 100 freestyle. John-Paul Godwin was 44th in the 100 freestyle and 55th in the 50 at 30.12. John Fortner finished 54th in the breaststroke and 60th in the 50 at 32.1.

McAtee, Todd, Vaughn and Caudel were 19th in the 200-medley relay at 2:10.76.

The Mules, who host West Plains at 4 p.m. Tuesday, tied Hillcrest for 19th with two points in a meet that featured some of the top teams in the state.


The Mules lost all three games at the Notre Dame Soccerfest, losing to eventual champion Carbondale (Ill.) 7-0 on Friday, 5-1 to Cape Central and 5-0 against St. Francis Borgia on Saturday.

Parker Nagy scored Poplar Bluff’s lone goal, his first of the season, with an assist by Brady Robertson.

Justin Moses made 15 saves Friday, 11 Saturday morning against Cape Central and 10 in the afternoon game.

The Mules (0-4) will have their home opener Tuesday against St. Paul Lutheran with a 5 p.m. varsity kickoff.


After pulling even with a run in the top of the third inning Saturday, the Mules fell behind in the bottom half before giving up three runs in the fourth in a 7-3 loss at Webster Groves.

Poplar Bluff had six hits and scored single runs in the first, third and seventh but never led as the Statesmen answered with two runs in the first and led 3-2 after three.

The Mules (0-3) travel to Chaffee on Tuesday and play at a tournament in Ozark on Friday and Saturday before finally playing at home on Sept. 17.

The junior varsity Mules lost 18-14.

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