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Three Callaway County teams — Fulton, New Bloomfield and North Callaway — made their presence felt at the 43rd annual Linn Cross Country Invitational.

The Fulton boys had the best team score among the three schools, finishing second at 74 points behind Fatima's 59. New Bloomfield senior Nathan Hinrichs won his third straight race with the individual time in the boys 5K at 16:40.60. North Callaway sophomore Pressley Schmauch had the best Callaway time in the girls 5K, finishing ninth at 21:09.90.

The Fulton boys score was helped by having two runners in the top 10 and three in the top 20. Senior Shaun Wolfe had the next best finish by a Callaway boy at fifth place with a 18:13.59. Junior Carter Meyerhoff was right behind him in sixth at 18:33.15, and freshman Noah Thompson finished 15th at 19:13.07.

New Bloomfield's next top finisher in the boys race was senior Brian Figard at 25th with a 19:35.98. Freshman Riley Connell and senior Lucas Haley finished at 57th and 58th, respectively with a 21:01.27 and a 21:01.51. The Wildcats finished fifth in the team standings with 193 points.

North Callaway's top boy runner was junior Brendan Reinhard at 45th with a 20:25.53. Sophomore Owen Trout was the Thunderbirds' next highest at 63rd with a 21:12.43. North Callaway was 16th as a team with 315 points.

Schmauch paced all Callaway girl runners, being the only area runner to finish in the top 25 in the girls race. The next closest was New Bloomfield senior Mikaela Lemelin at 29th with a 23:50.90. Fulton's best girl runner was junior Jonna Vanzetti at 52nd with a 26:09.70.

The Ladybirds had one more in the top 50 with senior Lydia Backer's 38th-place finish at 24:44.20. The Lady Wildcats had two top-50 runners in freshman Kaelyn Tighe, 43rd with a 25:26.70, and senior Jill Pry, 49th with a 25:44.60. After Vanzetti, Fulton sophomore Emily Boyd ran to a 62nd place finish with a 27:14.80.

Hermann's girls team won first with its 48 points. North Callaway and Fulton placed 10th and 11th, respectively, with 207 and 254 points.

Fulton and North Callaway are scheduled to run Saturday at the Fulton Invitational while New Bloomfield will compete on the same day but at the Southern Stampede Cross Country Meet.

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