Cass County Democrat Missourian

Ray-Pec sweeps Cass County cross country meet

Makenzie Stucker (left) and Miranda Dick, who took the top two places in Raymore-Peculiar’s season-opening meet at MCC-Longview, repeated the feat Sept. 2 in leading the Panthers to the team title at the Cass County Invitational at Belton.
Makenzie Stucker (left) and Miranda Dick, who took the top two places in Raymore-Peculiar’s season-opening meet at MCC-Longview, repeated the feat Sept. 2 in leading the Panthers to the team title at the Cass County Invitational at Belton. dmcqueen@demo-mo.com

Makenzie Stucker and Miranda Dick of Raymore-Peculiar led a dominating performance by the Panthers girls by placing first and second in the Cass County Invitational cross country meet Sept. 2 at Belton.

Stucker, a junior, covered the 2-mile course at Belton High School in a time of 11 minutes, 45.90 seconds. Dick, also junior, was close behind, finishing in 11:46.0.

Stucker and Dick led the way as Ray-Pec had five of the top six finishers and took the team title with 18 points, well ahead of runner-up Warrensburg’s 46. Laurana Mitchell, Marissa Dick and Gracyn Kloth placed third through sixth for the Panthers, while Zoe Shriner took 10th and Raelyn Kirchoff was 11th.

Pleasant Hill was third in the girls race with 88 points, led by an eighth-place finish from Aubrey Scott. Jadyn Dowdy was 15th, Ashtyn Dickens 16th , Savannah Demeyer 24th and Sandy Auguilar was 25th in team points for the Chicks.

Bailee Strickland of Belton was seventh overall, and Alexus Kerr of Sherwood was 20th.

Ray-Pec also took the boys team title by placing three runners in the top six and scoring 31 points. Marlon Williams placed third for the highest Ray-Pec finish and taking fourth through sixth behind him were Braden Zaner, Jaren Jones and Nolan Dick.

Warrensburg, which had the top two runners in Edward Wilhite and Colton Palmer, placed second with 46 points.

Jerod Rottinghaus finished 10th to lead Pleasant Hill to a third-place finish with 70 points. The Roosters also had Desmond Ewing take 11th, Landon Fatino 12th, Zachary Hill 13th and Shawn Gallagher 15th.

Belton finished fourth with 110 points, with Kory Snider leading the Pirates with a seventh-place finish. Sherwood, which placed ninth overall at 246 points, was led by Zachery Holt, who finished 30th.

Ray-Pec will play host to its annual invitational meet starting 9 a.m. Saturday on the Panthers’ course.

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