CLARKSVILLE -- The Pirates and Lady Pirates took their show on the road again, this time to Clarksville to run in the University of the Ozarks Invitational.
For the Junior Lady Pirates, Bree McCrotty paced the entire field and was the junior girls individual champion with a time of 13:57. The Lady Pirates finished third overall out of 13 teams.
McCrotty was followed by Emily Jones (15:20), Carley Nantze (15:35), Jaidyn Eby (16:12), Piper Koster (17:08), Zoie Stutzman (17:21), Tori Metzer (17:27), Allyson Casey (18:35), Ella Beene (19:44), Avie Reams (19:49), Cady Metzer (20:08), Savanah Daubenheyer (20:25), Olivia Mercier (22:06), Ava Moreland (22:07), Hannah Clayton (22:28), Bailey Metzer (22:47), and Ciarra Shoufler (23:14), Bailey Titsworth and Elouise Chesser went out with injuries.
"I was really impressed with our junior girls," Dover head coach Mike Heath said.
"Every time they go out now they have targets on their backs and for them to do as well as they did in as tough a field as there was was a great accomplishment. We were without our No. 2 runner, Whitley Singleton, so we had to have some runners step their game up and they did. Emily, Carley, Jaidyn, and piper ran strong races. Bree came out and took care of business and paced us and it was great to see her true to form. Winning a race such as this against these 13 teams is a big deal. We had to compete against the bigger schools like Russellville and that makes it a little tougher but we like that challenge. We won this one last year and just came up short this year."
The Junior Pirates placed a very respectful sixth place in a very tough field of 14 teams. They were paced by standouts Landon Canfield at 13:36 and Josh Soto 13:38. They were followed by Xain Eby (14:49),
Jakob Lang (15:02), Caleb Raney (15:45), Russell Rook (16:14), CJ Hogins (16:24), Jacob Combs (16:41), Zakary Lang (16:57), Jaques Keener (16:51), Ty Bates (17:19), and Clay Drake (22:44).
"I challenged these guys to get things into gear and they responded with one of their best races I have ever seen them run," Heath said.
"They ran like I envisioned them to run. Canfield and Soto are becoming a powerful 1-2 punch and now Eby is staring to figure things out and be competitive. Eby has all the tools he just needs to start pushing hard. He and Lang, Raney, Rook and Hogins provide valuable depth and the rest of this team provides even more depth. If they will continue to get better we could have a chance of doing some big things in October."
The Pirates were led by Issac Lindsey with a time of 26:18. He was followed by Seth Wagner at 29:34.
"Both these guys pushed hard today," Heath said. "I was glad to see Seth get in under 30 and now I am gonna push him for 27 or 28. Issac was impressive today at 26 minutes but I want to see that get down to the 23s within 2 weeks. I believe these guys can do it."
The Lady Pirates were paced by Bekah Williams at 28:00. She was followed by Melanie Milsap (31:08) and Brynn Bates (31:55).
"I was proud of these rascals," Heath said. "This was a tough field and the conditions were sloppy. I look for these girls to keep working hard and getting these times down."