With the weather cooling down, the cross-country season continues to heat up as the postseason looms just two Saturdays away. To prepare, Forsyth headed to Point Lookout for the School of the Ozarks Invitational while Blue Eye and Hollister competed in the Clever Invitational. School of the Ozarks competed in both meets.

Blue Eye senior Riley Arnold earned herself another gold medal in the Clever Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 14. Fellow senior Ryan Cardenzana also walked away with a bronze medal.

Arnold led the girls, winning by almost a minute for a 19-minute, 30.19-second finish. Freshman Olivia Cardenzana followed in 16th place, senior Michelle Palumbo-Lins placed 45th, sophomore Cammie Linscott placed 107th, and freshman Hallie Badley finished 114th. The girls team placed sixth overall.

The boys team finished third overall — led by Ryan Cardenzana’s third place time of 16 minutes, 31.04 seconds. Junior Jadon Weaver placed 11th, senior Roman Ray placed 20th, junior Alex Labrier placed 33rd, and junior Houston Parker placed 37th to round out the top five for Blue Eye.

Senior Braeden Boyd (53rd) and freshman Caleb Anderson (115th) also ran for the Bulldogs.

Again, sophomore Kat Schaefer shined for the Hollister Tigers. She placed 10th overall with a time of 21:52.73. Senior Alexis Fischer finished behind her at 30th.

Hollister had just three boys runners: sophomore Jacob Fletcher (132nd), freshman Lucas Nelson (148th) and sophomore Dakota Parker (151st).

The School of the Ozarks boys team finished as a group — all finishing within one second of each other. Freshman Ayden Evans, junior Will Burney, junior John Carswell, freshman Ethan Howard, freshman Scott Carswell, senior Titus Thompson, sophomore Shadrach Thompson, freshman Josiah Martin and junior Sam Mutrux ran for the Patriots.

Just two days later, the Patriots held a meet of their own, and the results were much more similar to races in the past.

Titus Thompson led the Patriots with a second place finish for a time of 18 minutes, 53.8 seconds. Shadrach Thompson followed in sixth, Howard placed 10th, Martin placed 16th, and Mutrux rounded out the top five with a 19th place finish.

Scott Carswell (28th), Evans (32nd), John Carswell (33rd) and Burney (36th) also finished for the Patriots.

Forsyth’s boys team of freshman Wesley Meister (17th), sophomore Nickolas Guy (20th), junior Levi Lux (21st), sophomore Willis Bearden (22nd), junior Jaden Campbell (23rd), junior Trevor Stoneburner (34th), sophomore Peyton Lylerla (35th), and senior Jackson Stauffer (37th) competed and placed fourth.

Reeds Spring, Hollister and Branson competed in their respective conference meets on Tuesday, but those results were not available in time for publication. Blue Eye will compete in the SWCL meet on Saturday, Oct. 23, and Reeds Spring will host its own meet that day as well.

For full results from all of these events, visit mo.milesplit.com.

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