October 28, 2023

By Talia Evans
LSR7 Assistant Director of Public Relations

Lee’s Summit middle school students are state champions after competing in the Missouri Middle School Cross Country Championships. The races were held at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

Students were selected at the end of the regular Cross Country season and committed to training on their own with coaches for two weeks. Summit Lakes Middle School and Pleasant Lea Middle School competed in the Class 4/5 competition for boys and girls.

The team scores are determined by adding up a team’s top five runners in a race, the lowest score wins. The top 25 runners in each race also receives an individual medal and is considered an All State runner.

SLMS’s girl’s team took first place in the two mile race, the boy’s team finished in third. Pleasant Lea Middle School’s boy’s team took fifth, the girl’s finished seventh.

The following runners from each team finished in the top 25:

Kamryn Gilbert (SLMS), Sofia Gilbert (SLMS), Nadia Rose (PLMS) and Piper McNutt (SLMS)

Gavin Siems (SLMS), Hudson Robinett (PLMS), Aiden Schulte (PLMS), Brady Rzeszut (SLMS) and Benjamin Roberts (SLMS)