Competing in the busy Forest Park Cross Country Festival, the Borgia cross country Knights looked for individual positives from Saturday’s meet.
Borgia ran in two different divisions with the boys in the Green Division and the girls in the White Division.
“Injuries, ACT and other commitments did not allow us to field a complete girls team,” Borgia Head Coach Mitch Figas said. “We took a big chance running the boys in Green. Look at the Class 4 state results in November and you will find a whole bunch of the teams we raced Saturday.”
Figas indicated the finish was not what he had expected.
“We were looking for some fast times, but we just looked tired from the start,” Figas said. “We did have athletes trying to move during the race, but it was just so crowded they were having trouble passing. Our last few weeks have been pretty heavy training-wise so when you put all the pieces together it was probably a stretch to expect exceptional results.”
On the boys side, Borgia competed in the Green Division. Borgia placed 22nd with 580 points, between Timberland (565) and Marquette (611).
Rockhurst won at 83 points. Blue Springs (91), St. Thomas Aquinas (99), Lafayette (139) and SLUH (152) rounded out the top five.
A total of 27 schools had enough runners to log team scores.
Scott Bonastia was Borgia’s first runner across the line, taking 86th in 18:04.33.
Grant Straatmann placed 108th in 18:19.49. Drew Snider placed 115th in 18:26.90. Tony Willenbrink was 145th in 19:03.75 and Ben Juengling ended 151st in 19:12.73.
Nicholas Weber ran 181st in 20:19.88. Josh Kang ran 189th in 20:39.42.
Borgia only had four girls finish, so it didn’t post a team score in the White Division.
Meghan Moser was the top finisher, taking 37th in 24:03.82.
Megan Spaunhurst was next in 24:39.26.
Abby Matt finished 86th in 26:14.00.
Ainsley Virtudazo was Borgia’s fourth runner, taking 103rd in 27:20.41.
Lutheran South’s Riley Schelp was the race winner in 20:33.74.
Smithville won the team title with 75 points. Lutheran South (94), Pembroke Hill (111), Parkway North (135) and Pekin, Ill. (173) rounded out the top five. A total of 15 schools had enough runners to place in the team standings.