Walker also is fifth at Willard event
Buffalo sophomore Sean Walker and Skyline junior Justine Barb lived up to their prior press clippings on Tuesday, Sept. 15 when they placed near the top of the heap at the Bolivar Invitational Cross Country Meet.
Walker finished fourth out of 75 runners in the boys event with a time of 17:57.01. The first-place winner was Ethan Billingslea of Bolivar with a time of 17:15.60. Two days later Walker placed fifth at the Willard Highline Invitational with a time of 17:12.70, 44 seconds better than at Bolivar. There were 89 runners at Willard.
Barb placed fifth among 41 girl runners at Bolivar with a time of 22:17.73. The winning time was set by Miha Nambara of Republic at 20:21.96.
Buffalo sophomore Sadie Abercrombie finished 14th at Bolivar while Rachel Bruton was 21st. In the boys meet, freshman Ryan Walker was 25th, followed closely by teammate John Barrett at 26th. Weston Hood was 38th while Tristan Leatherman was 61st.
Among Skyline girls, Riley James was 19th and Quincy Hodges was 41st. Trent Pinon finished 30th to lead the Skyline boys, with other finishes as follows: Zane Kelley 40, Jordan Rowland 45, Zack Kelley 52, Kyler Owsley 53, Kaine Zentner 71 and Mason Hatfield 73.
Among Skyline middle school girl runners, Makeena Shockley placed 10th out of 100 runners, followed fairly closely by teammate Jaylyn Barb at 17th. Other Lady Tigers placements were: Raegan Lewis 27th, Elaina Edge 30, Kimber Henderson 34, Jolene Wilcox 57, Makayla Hatfield 80 and Janelle Long 83.
In the middle school boys event, which also featured 100 runners, Eric McCloud led Skyline by finishing 23rd, followed by Connor Larose 29, Briar Hodges 77, Ryker Mitchell 81 and Elijah Hunziger 94.
Among Buffalo middle school boys Seth Pilkinton led by placing 33rd, followed by Will McCoy 38, Jonathan Byron 51 Mason Henry 74 and Lucas Boyd 89.
Natalie McCowan led BPMS runners with a placement of 40th, followed by Chloe Roby 49, Brenna Rodriguez 58, Caitlynn Daniels 79, Shaylee Gann 98.
Aside from Sean Walker’s fifth-place performance at Willard, Barrett finished 40th, Wood 65th and Ryan Walker 79th. Abercrombie led Buffalo girls with a 15th-place finish, followed by Bruton 46th and Crites 55th.
Molly Phillips of Macks Creek placed 38th, teammate Adriana Mayer was 47th and Chelsey Brown 76th.