Augusta’s middle school cross country teams had a strong day at the El Dorado invitational earlier this week. Three Bluejays teams placed in the top two, with two of them—the 7th-grade boys and the 8th-grade girls—winning the team title.

Sawyer Schmidt continued to lead the charge for the 7th-grade Bluejay boys team. Schmidt picked up another individual title with a first-place time of 5 minutes, 14.28 seconds, a comfortable 23 seconds ahead of second place.

Teammate Jacob Dieter took fourth place for the Bluejays with a time of 5:55.88 to help the Bluejays win the team title with 17 points. Colton Camp took 12th place for Augusta with a time of 6:11.72.

El Dorado, which took second place in the team standings with 24 points, was led by Jeremiah Kemboi, who finished third with a time of 5:49.38.

In 7th-grade girls action, Alyssa Taylor led the Bluejays with a time of 6:46.78 as she finished third overall. Nayrelid Jimenez led El Dorado with a sixth-place time of 6:56.59.

Alyssa Ferrell finished 15th (7:21.00), Allie Timberlake 16th (7:21.41) and Jamie Lindner 18th (7:21.88) to propel Augusta to a second-place finish in the team standings. The Bluejays scored 23 points. just one point behind Fort Riley, which won the team title (22). El Dorado was fourth (36).

In 8th-grade boys action, Collin Jackson led the Bluejays with a 12th-place time of 9:31.88. Anthony Orocio placed 16th with a time of 9:45.62.

Circle’s Drew Middleton took fifth place overall with a time of 9:11.06. Teammate Colby Dodd took sixth (9:20.64).

In the 8th-grade girls race, Circle’s Brooklyn Hunter won the individual title with a first-place time of 10:08.34, more than 13 seconds ahead of second place.

Augusta’s Jali Apel took third place overall with a time of 10:46.50. Taryn Hinnenkamp finished seventh overall with a time of 10:53.88 for the Bluejays while Robyn Keiter took 19th (11:57.91) to lead Augusta to a narrow team title. The Bluejays finished with 24 team points.

Kaitlyn Helmut took 14th (11:31.44) and Maggie Humig took 15th (11:34.15) for Circle, which took second place in the team standings with 26 points. Winfield was third (28).

El Dorado took fourth in the standings (30). Madison Michaelis led the Wildcats with a fourth-place time of 10:49.00.