QUINCY – The class 1B Bickleton Pirates made a decent showing against much larger schools at last Saturday’s Quincy Cross-Country Invitational.
Fielding only a boys squad, Bickleton tallied 199 points at the 10-school invite, good for eighth-place honors.
The class of the field proved to be Ephrata, Liberty Bell and the host Jackrabbits. Those three teams finished first through third, respectively, in the boys team scoring with 47, 50 and 53 points.
Liberty Bell’s Ben Klemmeck, only a sophomore, squeaked out a three tenths of a second margin of victory over Quincy High School junior Spencer Elmore. Klemmeck’s winning time on the three-mile course was 16:15.27. Elmore’s official clocking was 16:15.57.
The top performance turned in by Bickleton belonged to sophomore Troy Roberts. He finished with the 16th fastest time from the 63-runner field. Roberts had a clocking of 17:54.48. Roberts missed out on a ‘Top 10’ finish by 13 seconds.
Second across the finish line for the Pirates was another sophomore – Andrew Gannon. He glided around the Quincy course in a time of 18:36.45, good for 24th-place honors.
Bickleton was also represented by junior Joey Cardenas, 47th in 19:48.80; freshman Joseph Cummings, 55th in 21:29.92; and freshman Kenny Allenton, 60th in 21:31.30.
In Saturday’s three-mile JV boys race, won by Ephrata junior Stenn Monson in a time of 18:49.33, Bickleton’s lone harrier – eighth grader Cody Allenton – placed 48th from the field of 56 runners. Allenton clocked a time of 24:20.77.
The varsity girls race in Quincy was won by freshman Erin Mullins of Leavenworth’s Cascade High School. She toured the three-mile track in 18:14.68, two minutes and 20 seconds faster than the runner-up, Ephrata High School junior Jeanna Segaline.