Davis, Korb take second at home
Last year's record-setting runners were back for Thursday's Tonganoxie Invitational, and results were almost the same this year.
McLouth junior Courtney Edmonds, who set the invitational record on the girl's side last year with a time of 11 minutes, 50 seconds, won the meet again Thursday. She finished in 12:31, while Tonganoxie junior Laura Korb finished in second with a season-best 12:41.
On the boy's side, Tonganoxie senior Alan Davis, who set the meet record last year at 16:12, finished in second just behind Anderson County sophomore David Cox. Both finished with 16:15 times.
"I felt great running," Davis said. "I just got beat today."
Davis won the Maur Hill Invitational and a quadrangular at Tonganoxie before taking ninth at Rim Rock on Sept. 15 at the Revised Lawrence Invitational.
Edmonds, meanwhile, took first after three second-place finishes before Thursday. She wanted to beat her own record against some familiar faces.
"A lot of these people I've raced in meets previously," Edmonds said. "So I knew what to expect."
Edmonds wore a support around her lower right leg because of tendinitis she endured in the summer. It cut down her offseason workout program, but hasn't been a huge concern now.
"It's not holding me back too much," Edmonds said.
Although the hometown Chieftains couldn't seal first place in both races, the boys did win the team title with 28 points, 42 ahead of Anderson County. The girls scored 62 for second place, eight points behind Lansing.
Tonganoxie had five runners in the top 10 for the boys. Kyle Norris took third (17:07), Tommy Powell fifth (17:23), Tony Aligo eighth (17:39) and Nathan Bailey 10th (17:46).
The girls' second-place finish overall was paced by Korb's second-place finish individually. Erin Seymour placed 11th (13:26), while Alicia Stauch took 12th (13:27). Elizabeth Smith also placed, finishing at 23rd (14:06).
The meet had 22 schools participating, but nine boys and seven girls' squads fielded full teams.
McLouth's boys and girls finished fourth in both. The Lansing squad won the girl's side, while Tonganoxie took second. The McLouth girls also took fourth.
Tonganoxie teams will compete in two invitationals on Thursday. The varsity will be competing at Gardner, while the junior varsity runs at Lansing.