The future of cross-country at Centre schools looks bright, as three junior high students finished in the top five Thursday at Marion’s invitational meet.
Jordan Smith, an eighth-grade girl, placed second, with a time of 13 minutes, 1 second. Ryan August, an eighth-grade boy, placed fourth at 13:57. Taylor Smith, a sixth-grade boy, finished fifth with a time of 7:28.
Of the three high school runners, C.J. Thompson earned a medal by placing 15th, with a run of 20:36.
“Jordan and Taylor Smith medal consistently and did so again last week,” coach Cindy Riedel said. “C.J. Thompson has stepped up to compete at the varsity level, even though he is a freshman. His work paid off Thursday.”
Sixth-grade boys: Devin August, 12th, 7:43; Dillon Knepp, 30th, 9:12; Tyler Nickel, 34th, 9:43; Jack Reneu, 35th, 9:45; and Cameron Spohn, 37th, 9:55.
Varsity girls: Nellie Kassebaum, 21st, 18:37; and Cassy Thompson, 45th, 28:52.
Varsity boys: James Spohn, 33rd, 22:16.