Worley takes 2nd for Park Hill South

Three area teams headed to Raymore to take part in the Ray-Pec Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14.

West Platte competed in the Class 1-3 race, while Park Hill and Park Hill South ran in the Class 4 races.

The highest local place was Park Hill South’s Bret Worley, who ran the 5K course in 16 minutes, 33 seconds and finishing second behind Ray-Pec’s Braden Zaner.

Max Goertzen came in next for Park Hill South by taking 13th place. Both runners medaled, while Tyler Clipped took 33rd and missed a top 30 placing to bring home a medal.

The Panthers were fourth in the team standings with 160 points, finishing behind St. Joseph Central (66), Ray-Pec (102) and Liberty North (113).

“Overall, our team performed very well,” Park Hill South coach A.J. Roth said. “Due to the rain we had on Thursday the course was very muddy in some spots and soft everywhere else. This made for some slower times, but they competed hard and all the coaches were very pleased with everyone.”

The Park Hill South girls were ninth overall and had one medalist. Freshman Ella Conklin took 29th, getting the penultimate spot on the award stand. 

JONATHAN TASLER/Special to the Citizen  A trio of Park Hill South runners, from left, Quentin Worley (1573), Max Goertzen (1556) and Tyler Clippard (1549), compete in the Ray-Pec Invitational held on Saturday, Sept. 14 in Raymore, Mo.

JONATHAN TASLER/Special to the Citizen

A trio of Park Hill South runners, from left, Quentin Worley (1573), Max Goertzen (1556) and Tyler Clippard (1549), compete in the Ray-Pec Invitational held on Saturday, Sept. 14 in Raymore, Mo.

Park Hill

Isaiah Phillips ran 17:20.70 to finish in 21st place for the Trojans to headline the results for the boys.

Overall, Park Hill took 15th in the 19-team standing.

The girls team didn’t compete in the event. 

West Platte

West Platte took fifth in the boys race and sixth in the girls race.

Phillip Pattison lost for the first time this season but took third place for West Platte with a career-best 17 minute, 56 seconds finish.

Freshman Charlie Kinslow dropped more time off his personal best and finished seventh in the 57-runner field.Two other runners brought home medals in Ryan Pattison (26th place) and Sam Bartee (29th).

West Platte had 101 points, 18 points behind Lawson in fourth place. Maryville won the title with 46 points.

The girls team ran another race without standout Sophia Rush, who is battling an ankle injury.

West Platte had three medalists, led by Lexi Elmore, who took 14th in 22:58. Bella Clark placed 26th and Katy Tharp was 30th.

West Platte was sixth in the team standings with 146 points. Smithville won the team title.

Up Next

Platte County: The Pirates will host their invitational at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Platte Ridge Park. Park Hill, West Platte and North Platte will run there as well.

Park Hill South: The Panthers will run on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Lee’s Summit North meet at Lake Jacomo. 

Park Hill: The Trojans will compete on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin.

West Platte/North Platte: Both teams are idle after the Platte County meet until competing in the Smithville Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 24.