Photo gallery: Schuering, Blue Devils run to titles at Running Raider Classic


Quincy High School's Olivia Schuering took first place in the girls race Tuesday during the Running Raider Classic at South Park. Schuering was the only runner to break 20 minutes, finishing in 19 minutes, 55 seconds. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Olivia Schuering set the pace and her teammates followed suit.

The Quincy High School senior cross country runner won the individual title Tuesday at the Running Raider Classic at South Park, posting a time of 19 minutes, 55 seconds to catapult the Blue Devils to the team title with 30 points. Quincy Notre Dame, led by senior Abigail Genenbacher, was second with 66 points and Monroe City was third with 74.

The Blue Devils placed five runners in the top 15 with Keeauna Scheufele finishing second in 20:22, Amick McClelland taking 10th (22:32), Elanna Pitcher running 11th (22:32) and Nataly Uppinghouse coming in 12th (22:48).

Genenbacher finished fourth individually in 21:17 and was the Raiders’ only runner in the top 10. The next four Raiders finished in the top 25 — Emmalyn Smith in 17th (23:19), Aidyn Koch in 18th (23:19), Ari Waters in 20th (23:21) and Meghan Spears in 21st (23:21).

Monroe City freshman Bradi Keller finished third individually in 21:12, and Liberty freshman Brielle Neisen was fifth in 21:35. Illini West senior Emma Whitaker was eighth in 22:24.

In the boys race, Bowling Green senior Ben Chance was the only runner to break the 16-minute mark, winning the individual title in 15 minutes, 45 seconds. QHS won the team title with five runners in the top 15 and scoring 41 points overall. Bowling Green was second with 45 points, while Kirksville was third with 123.

The Blue Devils’ Thomas Hess took third in 16:34, followed by Reid Steiner in eighth (17:37), Devin Slee in ninth (17:45), Jude Steiner in 12th (18:05) and Justin Kappner in 14th (18:23). West Hancock’s Parker Quinlan took seventh (17:34) and Liberty’s Lane Obert was 11th (17:55).

Quincy Notre Dame’s top finisher was Roen Van Cleave, who took 28th in 19:31.

Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent time at South Park and put together this photo gallery:

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