Ava was well represented with younger runners on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Mountain Grove Open meet.
The 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and junior varsity each ran a mile and and half while the varsity race was 3.1 miles long.
In the 5th and 6th grade race, leading the young Bears was Drew Henry with a time of 11:47. He was followed by Jake Davis with a 13:12. Josh Springer had a 15:33 and Wyatt Marler had a 15:55.
On the girls’ side, Celia Fossett led the Lady Bears with a time of 11:04. Emily Davis was next with a 13:13. McKinley Goss ran a 13:17, and Sara Mendel ran a 13:24. Olivia Gastineau had a 13:26, Kadence Merritt ran a 13:54, and Zoey Johnson had a 16:01.
This was the first opportunity for these runners to race this season. There will be a 5th and 6th grade race again at Mtn Grove on Oct. 13 and Ava will host a middle school race on Oct. 24.
In the 7th and 8th grade race, Layla Giorgianni had the top time for the Lady Bears with a time of 10:02. Layla improved her time by 1 minute and 48 seconds over last year. Clara Sicilia ran in the open race and had a 10:40., which was an improvement by 3 seconds. Grace Key ran a 12:24 and also improved by 1 minute 32 seconds. Ashlyn Massey had a 16:26 which bettered her time from earlier in the season by 37 seconds.
On the boys’ side, Zach Olsen led the 7th/8th grade Bears with a 9:24. He improved his time by 1 minute 28 seconds. Reece Adams ran a 9:50 and improved his time by 1 minute 21 seconds.
Eithan Kenning had a 12:59 and bettered his personal best by 1 min. 17 seconds. Peyhton Groth finished in 17:52 and Jansen Breshears had an 18:03. He improved by 28 seconds.
The Bears ran two athletes in the junior varsity division with Caiden Palmer finishing in 10:26 and Ethan Tucker running the course in 10:35. Both are freshman and had personal bests over their runs from prior races this year.
In the 3.1 race, Garrett Devore ran a 20:49, which gave him a 33 seconds-per-mile improvement over his race at Nixa. Troy Herrell had a 21:18, improving his career personal best by 51 seconds. Braden Swofford ran in 21:37, which was an improvement of 53 seconds over his goal, and Gavin Goss ran a 22:38.
Emily Stillings had a career tie with her best time running 22:23. Allyson Shots ran a 26:22 and Calista Giorgianni ran a career personal best with a 28:13. Which was an improvement by 31 seconds.