WELLSVILLE — Two meets into the season and Central Heights looks as strong as the former state runner-up it was in 2017.

The Viking varsity boys cross country team took first overall out of 11 teams Thursday at the Wellsville Invitational. The team placed three individuals in the top 10, and five in the top 20 out of 77 participants, led by Tyler Stevenson.

“Every meet we just try to set a target and go after it,” Stevenson said of his team. “We try to stick together as long as we can.”

The junior placed third overall with a 5K time of 17:54.81. Teammate Alex Cannady, junior, placed fourth with a time of 18:11.37.

In the girls varsity race, West Franklin High School took home first place out of eight teams. Senior Maddie Montgomery led the pack with a time of 21:39.46 to place fifth overall. Fellow senior Molly Rossman finished ninth with a time of 22:19.46.

Individually, Central Heights freshman Lily Meyer, running in just her second varsity race of her prep career, finished third overall out of 65 individuals. She ran a 21:31.71.

“I was just kind of thinking about my pace,” Meyer said. “I was really nervous the whole time.”

Wellsville senior Paige McDaniel ran a 22:06.04 to lead the Lady Eagles. She placed seventh overall.

Wellsville cross country is back in action Sept. 22 at the Rim Rock Invitational, 2276 Burnett Lane, Lawrence. West Franklin hosts its home meet 4 p.m. Thursday at Camp Chippewa, 2577 Idaho Road, Ottawa. Central Heights races 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Praire View in LaCygne.

Wellsville XC Invite results

Central Heights

Varsity boys 5K: 3 - Tyler Stevenson 17:54.81; 4 - Alex Cannady 18:11.37; 7 - Caleb Meyer 18:45.53; 13 - Mason McCurry 19:19.69; 16 - Bryce Sommer 19:27.51; 20 - Luke Cotter 19:36.36. Team place: first out of 11.

Varsity girls 5K: 3 - Lily Meyer 21:31.71; 17 - Madison Bridges 22:51.94; 23 - Taryn Compton 23:30.26.

Junior varsity boys 5K: 1 - David Craft 19:55.93.

Seventh grade girls two-mile: 2 - Emma Cubit 13:49.87; 7 - Melaney Chrisjohn 14:17.83; 9 - Kaylee Holstine 14:27.53; 41 - Layla Roll 18:20.21.

Seventh grade boys two-mile: 7 - Connor Burkdoll 13:17.34; 11 - Owen Miller 13:42.73; 30 - Dakota Burnett 14:12.12; 33 - Jotham Meyer 14:30.42; 108 - Alex Skeet 19:21.54. Team place: Fifth out of 10.

Wellsville

Varsity boys 5K: 24 - Josh Brewster 19:47.06; 29 - Zeb Harris 20:11.42; 32 - Scott Hoehn 20:13.74; 44 - Conner Erhart 20:34.25; 54 - Blake Olhmeier 20:59.36; 55 - Dawson Dwyer 21:00.67; 56 - Zach Pearson 21:05. Team place: Eighth out of 11.

Varsity girls 5K: 7 - Paige McDaniel 22:06.04; 43 - Lexi McDaniel 26:15.74; 51 - Sarah Face 27:32.44; 54 - Shayla Clary 27:56.59.

Junior varsity girls 5K: 40 - Shelby Soetaert 29:43; 45 - Marissa Haagensen 30:30.81; 51 - Erin Laskowski 32:22.41.

Junior varsity boys 5K: 32 - Liam Robertson 23:36.75; 36 - Ethan Schroeder 23:40.52; 40 - Coy Jones 24:00.72; 43 - Ian Smith 24:09.83; 44 - Josh Calderwood 24:10.40.

Eighth grade girls two-mile: 57 - Kelsey Johnson 17:54.85.

Eighth grade boys two-mile: 23 - Koy Randel 13:46.63; 27 - Damen Eiche 14:05.02; 67 - Aistin Henry 16:30.18; 85 - Derek Ashburn 17:41.67; 93 - Miles Reed 21:22.85. Team place: 10th out of 11.

Seventh grade girls two-mile: 12 - Karizma Shay 15:03.16; 42 - Madison Norman 18:29; 68 - Emily Farquhar 20:41.50.

Seventh grade boys two-mile: 58 - Will Stanton 15:29.90; 74 - Ty Weekes 16:20.30; 81 - Chase Douglas 16:32.70; 97 - Duncan Robertson 17:56.53.

West Franklin

Varsity boys 5K: 17 - Justin Downey 19:27.61; 23 - Jeremy Haverkamp 19:45.78; 30 - Nicholas Hatfield 20:11.42; 31 - Timothy Pearce 20:12.65; 51 - Cole Rubick 20:51.44; 58 - Kale Link 21:09.29; 66 - Noah King 22:19.08. Team place: Fifth out of 11.

Varsity girls 5K: 5 - Maddie Montgomery 21:39.46; 9 - Molly Rossman 22:19.46; 12 - Bailey Leach 22:38.84; 19 - Elizabeth Singer 23:03.94; 20 - Lily Judd 23:11.55; 49 - Averie Tasker 27:03.35; 60 - Jessica Sandoz 29:30.07. Team place: First out of eight.

Junior varsity girls 5K: 52 - Shyanne Shogrin 32:25.15; 58 - Jillian McCurdy 39:11.21.

Junior varsity boys 5K: 42 - Jacob Anderson 24:05.29; 52 - Brendan Kice 25:36.43; 67 - Nathan Hassler 28:28.72.

Eighth grade girls two-mile: 3 - Emma Bailey 13:06.84.

Eighth grade boys two-mile: 2 - Kyle Haner 12:09.01; 59 - Martir Ramos 15:45.72.

Seventh grade girls two-mile: 14 - Kassie Mains 15:14.33.

Seventh grade boys two-mile: 34 - Lucas Hassler 14:33.34; 119 - Wyatt Wright 22:11.87.