NIXA — The Neosho boys finished seventh overall in the team standings Tuesday at the Central Ozark Conference meet at Nixa Elementary School.
Webb City edged Branson for the crown by one point, 56-57, and Nixa came in third at 82, followed by Carthage at 83, Joplin at 116, Carl Junction at 133, Neosho at 162, Ozark at 243, Willard at 249, and Republic at 292.
Neosho freshman Kaden Cole led the Wildcats in 18th place with a time of 17 minutes, 42.70 seconds, then junior Nathaniel Wimpey finished 30th in 18:06.20, senior Oliver Bopp 34th in 18:14.50, junior Cooper Hayes 37th in 18:21.70, and senior Kyle Wood 43rd in 18:42.00. Those were the five runners applied to Neosho's team score.
Additionally, Lane Yost finished 47th in 18:54.70 and Bryce Hall 66th in 20:49.80.
Carthage senior Clayton Whitehead won the individual sweepstakes with the lone sub-16:00 time, 15:49.00.
Webb City's Haddon Spikereit finished second in 16:22.90, leading five Cardinal runners in the top 20. Keifer Dooley led Branson in third in 16:31.20 and the Pirates surpassed Webb City with four runners in the top 10. Branson's fifth runner, however, finished 32nd.
On the girls side, Neosho was one of two schools that did not have enough runners to qualify for the team standings.
Junior runner Destiny Colston finished 43rd in 24:23.40, sophomore Jayden Browning 56th in 30:29.70, junior Sarah Werner 57th in 30:32.60, and senior Madison Flynn 58th in 30:35.60.
Carl Junction won the team title with 53 points, 23 points better than runner-up Webb City, and Ozark twins Alexis and Brocklyn Barber finished 1-2 respectively in 18:44.20 and 19:05.30.
Neosho teams return to action Saturday, October 20, for the Class 4, District 6 meet at Peculiar. The field includes Belton, Carl Junction, Carthage, Joplin, Lee's Summit West, McDonald County, Neosho, host Raymore-Peculiar, Republic, Smith-Cotton, Warrensburg, Webb City, and Willard.