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Oak Ridge boys, Woodland girls win at Heartland Conference Cross Country Invitational

Girl's varsity runners sprint off the starting line to begin their race in the Heartland Conference cross country meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Cape County Park North in Cape Girardeau.
BEN MATTHEWS ~ bmatthews@semissourian.com

On a windy afternoon at Cape County Park North, Timothy Sloan and Kennedy Thies took top honors Tuesday at the 12th annual Heartland Conference (small schools) Cross Country Invitational at Cape County Park North.

Sloan, 17, of Woodland, crossed the finish line first for the boys in 18 minutes, 22 seconds, more than a minute slower than his personal best of 17:12 -- recorded a week ago at a meet in Bloomfield, Missouri.

"The wind definitely played a role (in my time)," Sloan said. "It had consequences without any benefits."

Thies, of East Carter, won in 23:13, 43 seconds faster than Woodland's Emily Stewart.'

"It helps to have somebody right with you (in cross country)," the 18-year old senior said. "Otherwise you have to push yourself."

Woodland runner Timothy Sloan holds the lead early in the boy's varsity race at the Heartland Conference Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday at Cape County Park North. Sloan placed first in the race.
BEN MATTHEWS

Larry Cleair, co-founder of the Heartland meet, said even without adverse weather, it's a difficult 3.1-mile course.

"This is one of the toughest courses in the state of Missouri," Cleair said.

On Tuesday, 19 teams competed in the race. In 2008, when the meet originated, there were only seven squads.

Oak Ridge won the boys team championship with 39 points. East Carter was second with 86, followed by Kennett, Delta, Woodland and Bloomfield.

Woodland won the girls team championship, recording 40 points, followed by Saxony Lutheran with 55, with East Carter, Oak Ridge, Chaffee and Richland rounding out the top six.

A brand new cross country team this season is from Puxico.

"(Our district) feels healthy lifestyles are important," said Cindy Crabb, Puxico school superintendent, "and this (sport) is perfect in promoting fitness."

"For a school our size, (cross country) is not super expensive to start."

Saxony Lutheran's girls team has two sets of sisters -- Anna and Abigail Thomason and Jillian, Allison and Olivia Majors.

"I've taken several minutes off my time from last year," said Jillian, a junior, "because beating (my sisters) means a lot."

Freshmen Allison and Olivia, born 30 seconds apart, each said competing with her twin was a necessity.

"I would not run without (Olivia)," Allison said.

"Same for me," said Olivia.

BOYS

Team -- 1. Oak Ridge 39, 2. East Carter 56, 3. Kennett 105, 4. Delta 114, 5. Woodland 117, 6. Bloomfield 165

Individual -- 1. Timothy Sloan, Woodland, 18:22; 2. Kobe Patterson, Kennett, 18:32; 3. Braxton Walker, East Carter, 18:42; 4. Tanner Schamburg, Oak Ridge, 18:57; 5. Philip Marshall, Oak Ridge, 19:21; 6. Nathan Shrum, Meadow Heights, 19:34; 7. Mason Keith, Oak Ridge, 19:35; 8. Justin Ward, Oak Ridge, 19:42; 9. Joshua Reynolds, Bloomfield, 19:49; 10. Kennett Rampley, Bell City, 19:50; 11. Trevor Stoffrregen, Delta, 19:51; 12. Samuel Varnon, Saxony Lutheran, 19:54; 13. Jagger Robinson, Greenville, 19:55; 14. Kameron Mayberry, Kelly, 19:56; 15. Larry Payne, Kennett, 19:57.

GIRLS

TEAM -- 1. Woodland 40, 2. Saxony Lutheran 55, 3. East Carter 62, 4. Oak Ridge 84, 5. Chaffee 128, 6. Richland 131

INDIVIDUAL -- 1. Kennedy Thies, East Carter, 23:13; 2. Emily Stewart, Woodland, 23:56; 3. Haley Hernandez, Meadow Heights, 24:10; 4. Kendall Holweg, Delta, 24:42; 5. Kinslee VanderMierden, Leopold, 24:43; 6. Harley Green, Woodland, 25:06; 7. Kambri Erzfeld, Meadow Heights, 25:16; 8. Emma Littlepage, Kelly, 25:25; 9. Jiliyan Hobeck, Oak Ridge, 25:28; 10. Alexia Kemp, Richland, 25:35; 11. Anna Thomason, Saxony Lutheran, 25:48; 12. Alexus Schreckenberg, Leopold, 25:49; 13. Staci Bangert, Saxony Lutheran, 25:57; 14. Hailee Green, Woodland, 26:00; 15. Abigail Thomason, Saxony Lutheran, 26:07.

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