Multiple Teams · Bears Cross Country Medals 17 at City Champs

It was a great night on Tuesday at the Independence City Championships for the Chrisman cross country teams.

The Bears brought home 17 total medals individually (4 varsity girls, 3 varsity boys, six JV girls, 4 JV boys). As a team, the Bears were also successful. Varsity girls took second, jv girls first, varsity boys second and Jv boys second.

In varsity girls, senior Lilly Conner-Urnise took third for the second straight year and her third top 5 finish in the meet for her career.

“She has had a tremendous career for us and has been a big part of the Independence cross country scene the past four years,” coach Jason Stacy said.

Sophomore Raigan Keltner medaled in 11th. Junior Evelyn Boughan had a strong run and continues to improve greatly. She took 13th. Senior Adreal Bell ran well in her first ever 5k to medal for the varsity girls as well

Junior Alijah Twaddell continues to impress.

“He took sixth for the varsity boys but also means so much to the team as a leader,” Stacy said. “Loved seeing him approach a freshman who ran really well for JV and tell him he could be good but he needs to stop missing practices, ‘You won’t miss again.’

Alijah has been an incredible addition to the program this year after transferring and we are lucky to have him. Such a great kid and leader.”

Junior Tanner Jolley medaled for varsity in 11th. Freshman Kona Hudson medaled as well and freshman Kimori Pointer just missed a medal.

Six JV girls medaled as the team took first. Junior Charly Claiborne was second, sophomore Bella Miller was third and sophomore Olivia Vanfossen took fifth. Freshman Shyanne Pyatt was eighth while sophomores Paige Baughman and Kristen Martin also earned medals.

The JV boys took second in large part to the runs of four medalists. Sophomore Braiden Sturtevant was 6th, Tony Hilton was 7th, freshman John Griffith was 8th and junior Tanner Carter was 12th.

The Bears are back in action Saturday in the Blue Springs Invitational at Lake Jacomo.