VICTORIA — Led by a sixth- and seventh-place showing, respectively, for Julia Werth and Emily Schippers, the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls’ cross country team took first Thursday in the 1-4A Division of the Hays High School/Victoria Invitational at Sand Plum Nature Trail.

Werth covered the 5K in 23 minutes, 19.50 seconds, while Schippers came in at 23:22.70, leading the Monarchs to 46 points, six ahead of runner-up Norton.

The Bluejays were paced by a first-place finish in the division (second overall) from Lexi Kats, who ran 21:40.70. Teammate Hannah Bailey was second in 1-4A at 22:19.80.

Ness City’s Savnnah Moore was third in the division at 22:40.50, while Hays High’s Yesenia Maldonado was fourth.

The Monarchs packed together well throughout the race. Cheyenne Rhoades was 14th in the division at 24:36.40 and Emily Schulte 15th at 24:39.90. Taylor Teel was 18th and Kiara Urban 20th, as they were separated by just 7 seconds.

Norton’s third-best time came from Kailey Gill in 17th place at 24:55.40.

Hays High got an 11th-place finish from Tana Herreman in 24:12.80, and a 12th-place showing from Claire Shippy at 24:26.20.

In the 5A-6A girls’ race, Garden City scored 39 points to edge Junction’s 42. Junction City’s Michelle Sanchez paced the field at 20:14.60.

In the boys’ race, Norton claimed the title in 1-4A with 49 points with Hays High running second at 86. Colby was third at 101, Oakley fourth at 102, followed by TMP at 122.

Norton’s Connor Hall paced the 1-4A field with an 18:39.10, while Hays High’s Dawson VanFeldt was second in the division at 18:42.90.

Norton placed three in the top 11 with Cale Patterson fourth at 19:07.90 and Tucker Gosselin 11th at 19:46.80.

After VonFeldt, the Indians got a seventh-place showing from Justice Dotts in 19:25.90. TMP was paced by a ninth-place finish for Paul Brull.

Garden City ran away with the competition in 5-6A with 22 points. Dodge City’s Javier Marquez paced the field with a 17:24.10.