R-2 harriers leave Hermann with 22 medals

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Getting an early preview of the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) cross country meet coming up next Tuesday, Owensville middle and high school cross country teams competed last Tuesday night at Loutre Shore Country Club and the Hermann Invitational Cross Country meet.

Once all five races were completed, Owensville left northern Gasconade County with three first-place team plaques and 22 individual medals.

“It was awesome to see all of the success we had at Hermann last Tuesday,” OHS head cross country coach Matt Candrl said.

Starting the day of racing was Tony Terry’s middle school Dutchmen.

Topping 12 other scoring teams, OMS (72) had four of their harriers earn medals for their top-20 finishes.

Returning from injury, Will Lauth placed ninth in a time of 10:10.37. He was followed closely by a trio of Dutchmen teammates led by Collin Bullock’s 14th-place time of 10:27.93.

Bobby Coello was right behind Bullock with a 15th-place time of 10:28.24 followed by Aiden Schoen’s 16th-place time of 10:33.43.

Ethan Harris (22nd, 10:53.17) fell six seconds shy of the top 20 and the medals but helped Owensville secure the team championship plaque.

Other OMS Dutchmen competing in Hermann included Trevor Shockley (27th), Sam Nicks (28th), Aries Nicholas (59th), James Johnson (65th), Noah Holtmeyer (72nd), Tristan Davis (75th), Felix Guerrero (79th), Jayden Barnett (80th), Andrew Blankenship (81st), Wyatt Kramme (96th), James Jackson (101st), Kaden Henson (105th) and Erik Shell (106th).

Kylee Kitchen’s sixth-place time of 10:47.49 helped the OMS Dutchgirls (158) place seventh out of 10 teams.

Finishing in Owensville’s top five were Charli Jaycox (27th, 11:57.50), Melissa Schnelting (44th, 12:57.62), Jasmine Duncan (54th, 13:37.09) and Gabby Hale (62nd, 14:25.69).

Also competing for OMS’ Dutchgirls were Emelia Lakebrink (69th), Kendra Lay (71st), Ayla Schmanke (77th), Savannah McClure (79th), Jordan Frankenburg (81st) and Amber Peters (98th).

Kicking off the high school portion of racing was the varsity girls.

Ranked fourth in Class 3 by mo.milesplit.com, Candrl’s varsity Dutchgirls occupied the first four places en route to topping six other scoring teams with 19 points.

Sophia Ashner led the way with a first-place time of 20:40.46 clinching the first leg of the Gasconade County cross country triple crown.

Teammates finishing behind Ashner included Kendra Hults (2nd, 21:07.69), Alesha Shockley (3rd, 21:45.78) and Paige Heckelmann (4th, 22:06.02).

“Our top four girls ran their race and have helped us be very tough to beat this season,” Candrl said.

Also earning medals for top-20 finishes were Dutchgirl harriers Mekayla Gibson (9th, 23:08.07), Abby Koepke (11th, 23:39.06) and Katie Candrl (14th, 24:02.48).

Other Dutchgirl racers included Macy McKinney (32nd), Kyra Binkhoelter (34th), Arissa Huff (35th), Wisdom Scott (38th), Christyna Zheng (42nd), Molli Gross (47th), Julianna Watkins (53rd), Isabelle Bruckerhoff (58th) and Alyssa Wehmeyer (65th).

Competing against only four scoring teams, Candrl’s junior varsity Dutchmen had their entire top five earn medals by finishing in the top 15.

Freshman Freddy Zheng led a foursome of orange and black with a sixth-place time of 21:05.79. Rounding out the top nine were Sawyer Wright (7th, 21:08.33), Devon Farris (8th, 21:08.83) and Dylan Fudge (9th, 21:18.41).

Harm Rademacher also earned his first high school medal with an 11th-place time of 21:24.02.

Christian Lowes (17th), Justin Garner (29th), Tristan Heflin (33rd) and Jacob Hall (34th) rounded out Candrl’s contingency of JV Dutchmen.

Paul Tyree paced the varsity Dutchmen with a fifth-place time of 18:30.02. Also earning medals for OHS in the varsity boy’s race were Austin Terry (9th, 18:52.33), Bam Wizeman (10th, 18:58.76), Cameron O’Neal (14th, 19:23.68) and Treyden Williams (15th, 19:28.11).

Aden Steineker placed 34th finishing 11 seconds behind Hermann’s Kaleb Means breaking the tie atop the team standings between the Dutchmen and Bearcats.