Even though host Bowling Green was gently nipping at their heels from start to finish last Saturday at the Class 2, District 3, varsity cross country meet, the North Callaway girls still found a way to edge out a first-place performance with a score of 38.

"This was by far the best day the teams had all year. (This was a) history-making day for the program in more ways than one," said coach Chad Craghead. "At Districts, the top 15 individual and the first and second place teams move on to the MSHSAA State XC Championships held at Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City next Saturday, November 4th."

Coming in second for this event was the host Lady Cardinals with a score of 40, Centralia was third at 88 and Clark County came in at 111. Taking fifth with 117 points was Palmyra, Mark Twain made a mark of 157 and Elberry was seventh at 168.

"We had the fastest 5k Time ever ran by a female XC runner and the first female athletes I have ever coached. We also had four athletes earn All-District, the most at any one time for North Callaway cross country," Craghead said. "The last part of history set today was the first ever District Team Championship won by any North Callaway cross country team."


2. Kyla Bertschinger, 19:57.81

3. Kaleigh Moore, 20:09.22

5. Reyna Schmauch, 20:27.58

6. Daelyn Schmauch, 20:39.66

24. Brianna Douglas, 23:53.48

25. Julisa Moreno, 24:09.15

26. Olivia Isaacks, 24:11.19



13. Kaitlyn Erhart, 21:25.66

16. Lily Stidham, 22:03.25

19. Schyler Angell, 22:47.45

23. Erika Bourgeois, 23:50.49

27. Kyra Dickerson, 24:14.58

35. Schuyler Hatton, 25:37.24

37. Gracie Schultz, 26:14.44



33. Sara Scheid, 25:30.21

43. Olivia Roesner, 26:58.55

49. Ann Schroer, 28:36.70




"The second race of the day was the men’s’ race. The guys team had the best performance of any guy's team I have ever coached," said Craghead. "All year long they have been getting better and today was no different. I am already looking forward to this team for next year."

Winning the boys race was Palmyra, which ended the event at 53, Clark County charted a score of 60 and Bowling Green was third with 67. Centralia then slid into the fourth spot at 86, Highland had 136 and North Callaway put up a 162 to take sixth. Montgomery County also laid down a 177 to grab seventh and Hallsville rounded things out at 199.

"All together North Callaway cross country had 14 athletes competing today. Of those 14, 10 personal records were set and two season records." Craghead said. "So, when I say that 12 athletes ran their fastest times on the day that it counted the most, as a coach I could be any more proud than I am right now. Regardless of team titles or places, my athletes laid it on the line today and left it on the course. As their coach, that’s all I can ask of them."



17. Khobi Kellerman, 18:26.60

32. Ean Rohrbach, 19:52.09

38. Josh McCown, 20:30.07

41. Noah Scrogum, 20:43.17

42. Grant Eichman, 20:44.84

46. Joseph Crawford, 21:15.93



10. Nate Riddle, 18:120.29

14. Patrick Finnegan, 18:19.17

15. Derek Calhoun, 18:19.73

19. Peyton Davis, 18:39.62

33. Kyle Haskell, 20:06.50

35. Seth Beard, 20:19.52

40. Reggie Spelman, 20:38.59



25. Connor Galarza, 19:04.24

26. Jacob Queatham, 19:04.98

30. Isaac Hartman, 19:47.90

53. Tyler Finke, 23:34.71

54. Zachary Schierhoff, 23:44.49