The Steele boys cross country team had a great showing Saturday at the Vermilion Invitational despite tough conditions, placing fifth of 20 teams.
Freshman Devin Baumgartner led the Comets with a 19th place finish out of 140 runners and a time of 17:53.
He was closely followed by Dane Johnson in 27th place with 17:59 and Josh Hill with a 31st place finish and a time of 18:01.5.
Dru Trifiletti was next for the Comets but did not get a place or a time due to some of the runners following the wrong course.
Scott Kelly led a charge to score for the Comets from the two mile mark to pull along his teammates Brandon Fernandez and Andrew Vontell. Kelly was 57th (19:20), Fernandez was 64th (19:23) and Vontell was 65th (19:24).
The open race was led by Tyler Kovach with a time of 19:53. He placed 21st out of 159 runners.
He was followed by Ben Brogan in 31st (20:51), Matt Trame in 38th (20:27), Dylan Beam in 41st (20:28), Pierce Barnes in 69th (21:10), Bryce Pember in 75th (21:21), Alex Reyes in 80th (21:27), and Ben Yuhasz in 135th place with a time of 24:00.
The boys will tribute long time cross country coach Dick Cooley at the Cooley Mile on the Richard S. Cooley Track at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Courtesy photo The varsity Comets prepare for success Saturday at Vermilion, where they placed fifth of 20 teams.