PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Four top-15 finishers for the Maryville boys cross country team at the Class 3 District 8 meet was almost enough to take first place, but the Spoofhounds settled for second on Saturday due to criteria.

Smithville and Maryville both tied at 43 points a piece, but Smithville took home the district championship due to the Warriors’ next runner finishing before the Spoofhounds’. Despite falling short a district plaque, Maryville coach Rodney Bade is proud of his team for competing with a team the size of Smithville.

“We talked about that, and we knew a tie was possible,” Bade said. “They’re so deep. (Smithville) is a significantly bigger school than we are. They got a great program. We’ve got less kids, and our sixth runner, he’s a senior. He’s ran all four years, and he ran well today. We talked about that ahead of time. If it comes down to number six, it’s not his fault. That’s not how it goes.”

With this instance being just the third time the Spoofhounds qualified a full team for state in the program’s existence, Bade says his team is still hungry, especially after coming up just short against Smithville.

“We threw everything we at them today,” Bade said. “Our kids ran awesome. Not disappointed at all. Not satisfied, but not disappointed. We’re gonna go after them next week and all the other schools down their at state.”

For Maryville, Garrett Dumke took third, Jag Galapin took sixth, Cale Sterling took 10th and Chase Simms took 12th. Class 1 District 8

In the Class 1 side of things, the St. Joseph Christian Lions girls squad took first place in their District 8 meet, as they scored 40 points and just barely edged out North Platte’s 43 points. Christian scored four top-15 finishers on the day: Anna Carter with third; Victoria Orton with fifth; Audrey Maggart with ninth; and Gracie Walker palced 15th.

West Nodaway and Tarkio’s boys team took third and fourth place with scores of 68 and 90.

Class 2 District 8

Bishop LeBlond’s girls team qualified a lone Emerson McChristy as the freshman took 13th place. LeBlond coach Greg Mrkvicka is not only excited for McChristy to continue her freshman season into the postseason, but he is also already looking forward to further developing his team.

“It tells me that our grade schools and middle schools are doing a great job preparing these kids and working them hard,” Mrkvicka said. “These girls are tough. We are thrilled to death. We can’t wait for next year. We want to start tomorrow.”

Even with just one qualifier, Mrkvicka optimistically looks to the future, citing that his team still has much to improve on.

“It’s a very young group — a bunch of freshman,” Mrkvicka said. “We have six girls, five of them had never run a race before (this year). I don’t have an exact count, but just about everybody ran a season best or personal record today. You can’t control the weather, and you can’t control how fast everybody else runs. You can only control what you do, and everybody came out ready to run. These girls all ran great races. Everybody’s really happy with how today went.”

The East Buchanan boys took fourth place a steam thanks to Ethan Brushwood and Cameron Henry taking 13th and 14th respectively. The Bulldogs also took fourth in the girl’s division due to Laynie Davidson’s fourth-place finish and Adrian Allen’s eighth-place finish. Plattsburg’s Carson Stockdale and Andrew Rote took ninth and 11th as well.

Class 4 Sectional 4

The Central boys placed three in the top 16 and finished third as a team to qualify for next week’s Class 4 state meet.

Sophomore Corbin Cera led the way with an 11th-place finish, three spot ahead of Nathan Berry with Mason Orscheln coming in at 16th.

Sophomore Rudy Barbosa came in fourth on the team at 32nd overall, and Damion Mujica edged out Ben Galloway for 43rd.

The three Central girls qualifiers were led by a 37th-place finish by senior Kacey Duvall.

The state meet will take place at Gans Creek in Columbia, Missouri.

Derek Zimmerman-Guyer can be reached