BURLINGTON — Both Central Heights and West Franklin High School raked in the medals in the first cross country meet of the season.

The Viking varsity boys placed second as a team Thursday at Burlington with four runners finishing in the top 20. West Franklin also had a strong showing, finishing fourth as a team with three runners in the top 20.

Caleb Meyer and Kyle Cardin placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the varsity boys 5K for Central Heights. Meyer’s time was 18:27, and Cardin finished on his heels, just four seconds behind. Tyler Stevenson finished with a time of 19:24, and Avery Stalford picked up a medal with a 19:43 time. Stevenson placed 13th, and Stalford 16th.

“We had a nice start to the season,” Troy Prosser, CH head cross country coach, said. “Pulling in 13 medals [overall] on a warm afternoon against some very stiff competition is a testament to how hard these kids have worked so far.”

West Franklin’s Dallin Bailey ran a blazing 17:13 time in his first race of his senior year. He finished second ahead of teammate Ryan Haner, who ran an 18:19, good enough for sixth place. Justin Downey rounded out the Falcon boy medalists with a 19:44 time to place 17th.

“Dallin and Ryan have been working hard all summer to push each other and you could see that in [Thursday’s] race,” Tara Huggard, WF head cross country coach, said. “They both ran strong. We lost a key runner from last year [Alex Walters, now running for Ottawa] so it is important that the rest of our boys team steps up to fill those shoes. I think today did a good job of showing them where they are at, and where they need to be by the end of the season.”

On the girls side, West Franklin’s Molly Rossman and Bailey Leach had big races to start the season. Rossman won varsity 5K with a time of 21:13. Leach finished fourth with a time of 22:47.

“They have pushed each other hard all summer and it will be fun to see what they can do this season,” Huggard said.

Both West Franklin and Central Heights will run 4 p.m. Thursday in the Lyndon Invitational at Melvern Lake.

Burlington Invitational results

West Franklin

• — Medalists

Varsity boys 5K

Team place — fourth

•2 Dallin Bailey 17:13

•6 Ryan Haner 18:19

•17 Justin Downey 19:44

25 Jeremy Haverkamp 20:18

30 Shane Hart 20:47

44 Nicholas Hatfield

48 Alex Osipovitch 22:56

52 Tanner Gould 23:38

58 Jacob Anderson 25:27

Varsity Girls 5K

•1 Molly Rossman 21:13

•4 Bailey Leach 22:47

35 Shyanne Shogrin 31:01

JV boys two-mile

27 Levi Thompson 16:26

JV girls two-mile

•1 Maddie Montomery 13:22

Eighth grade boys two-mile

•4 Nathan Hassler 13:46

7 Kale Link 14:18

8 Noah King 14:21

Eighth grade girls two-mile

•2 Lily Judd 13:51

Seventh grade boys one-mile

•5 Kyle Haner 6:36

20 Martir Ramos 7:50

Seventh grade girls one-mile

•1 Emma Bailey 6:30

Central Heights

Varsity boys 5K

Team place — second

•8 Caleb Meyer 18:27

•9 Kyle Cardin 18:31

•13 Tyler Stevenson 19:24

•16 Avery Stalford 19:43

22 Mason McCurry 20:04

26 Bryce Sommer 20:23

35 Zackery Grabbe 21:09

JV boys two-mile

•1 Jarod Crawford 12:24

•3 David Craft 12:53

•4 Orvel Broce 12:57

•5 Matthew Ashwill 13:00

•10 Luke Cotter 13:51

16 Landen Compton 14:46

28 Ryder Roll 17:30

30 Coyd Gardner 20:02

JV girls two-mile

20 Mikaiah Wilson 20:02

Eighth grade girls two-mile

•1 Lily Meyer 13:09

•3 Taryn Compton 14:29

15 Lily Roll 21:39

Seventh grade boys one-mile

•2 Max Cannady 6:15

11 Jessy Stalford 7:03

Seventh grade girls one-mile

•4 Emma Cubit 7:25 (sixth grade)

6 Chloe LaDuke 8:02

WELLSVILLE

GARNETT — Eagle cross country opened at the Jerry Howalter Invitational in Garnett Thursday.

Paige McDaniel performed well as Wellsville’s lone varsity girl runner, finishing seventh with a time of 21:57.

The boys team didn’t place high, but finished within 1:36 minutes of each other. Conner Erhart led the pack, finishing with a 20-minute even time to place 38th. Dylan Sebol finished right behind with a time of 20:02 to place 39th.

Wellsville runs 11 a.m. Sept 2 at Wamego.

Jerry Howalter Invitational results

Wellsville

• — Medalist

Varsity boys 5K

Team place — Eighth

38 Conner Erhart 20:00

39 Dylan Sebol 20:02

41 Jacob Whiteley 20:16

54 Blake Ohlmeier 21:11

59 Josh Brewster 21:23

63 Matze Trauer 21:36

Varsity girls 5K

•7 Paige McDaniel 21:57

JV boys 5K

51 Ryan Savage 24:25

67 Josh Calderwood 26:32

Beginner boys two-mile

•1 Ian Smith 12:50

•2 Zeb Harris 13:15

•5 Dawson Dwyer 13:44

6 Liam Robertson 13:48

11 Wyatt Bender 15:00

13 James Hurd 15:11

Beginner girls two-mile

•1 Lexi McDaniel 14:57

9 Emma Livingston 17:36

17 Julia Martin 19:16

18 Erin Laskowski 19:18

24 Shelby Soetart 20:32

Eighth grade boys two-mile

•3 Scott Hoehn 12:53

Seventh grade boys two-mile

19 Kelsey Johnson 18:42

21 Sydney Doles 19:11

Seventh grade boys two-mile

•3 Koy Randel 13:27

40 Derek Ashburn

41 Aistin Henry 17:47

57 Miles Reed 20:52