PETERSBURG — South Knox's boys and girls cross country teams posted a pair of runner-up finishes, leading the county competition at the Pike Central Invitational at Prides Creek Park on a hot Saturday.
Castle edged the Spartans in the boys race, 84-95, while Lincoln was third in the 15-team race with 112. North Knox was 15th at 490.
Oliver Smith ran third for South Knox in 17:12. Trenton Faulkner was 19th, 18:21; Jacob Siewers 21st, 18:23; Will Staggs 26th, 18:39; and Caleb Cork 30th, 18:47.
"The times weren't great, but the places were. It felt hotter than 82 degrees," Spartans coach Matt Toothman said. "Oliver put another top five on his resume. He's hammering. Caleb was in our top five for the first time. The guys were glum after the race, but we still finished second, and we'll take that. The guys are still hungry."
Parker Mullins topped Lincoln, going 12th in 17:46. Keenan Clegg was 17th, 18:13; Trevor Robbins 18th, 18:18; Nate Harris 27th, 18:46; and Blake Meade 41st, 19:04.
"Our team labored mightily, and we just didn't get it done. Castle and South Knox simply outperformed us," Alices coach Craig Klitz said. "It's time to hone in on what we've learned, especially over the last several races, and prepare the best we can for the postseason."
Steven Calvert led North Knox in 87th place at 21:35. Dayton Poe was 103rd, 22:35; Anden West 104th, 23:02; Ethan Stiles 110th, 24:12; and Dakota Lawrence 115th, 24:38. The team was without normal No. 1 runner Cavan Lemberg.
Forest Park gave the South Knox girls their first loss, 63-87, but the Lady Spartans were without No. 1 runner Mykayla Couchenour, who was visiting a college. North Knox was 13th among 15 teams at 273 and Lincoln was 15th at 462.
Ava Like was South Knox's leader, going fifth in 20:54. Gretchen Carie took 15th, 22:02; Macie Couchenour 16th, 22:10; Lexi Detweiler 25th, 22:43; and Talia Small 28th, 22:48.
Brittany Page led North Knox in 21st place at 22:37. Reegan Hammelman was 51st, 24:12; Macy Dye 59th, 25:14; Ava Williams 75th, 27:08; and Brianna Page 87th, 27:50.
Gracie Kramer was 66th for Lincoln in 26:17; Alexus Arvin 93rd, 28:39; Jayda Hovland 97th, 30:36; Jasmine Anderson 99th, 30:40; and Mackenzie Taylor 107th, 50:05.
"Jayda had her best time and anytime we can get somebody that has their best time, it's a good thing," Lady Alices coach Ralph Connor said.
Next Saturday, Lincoln runs in the Big Eight Conference meet at Princeton at 10:30 a.m., and South Knox and North Knox are in the Blue Chip Conference meet at Montgomery at 10 a.m.