COLUMBIA — On Saturday, the Rock Bridge cross country teams competed in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic in Memphis, Tenn., as a preseason exhibition. The girls team finished first out of 40 schools, and the boys team finished second out of 45.
Senior Kayla Funkenbusch (18 minutes, 44.84 seconds) placed third overall in the girls race, and fellow senior Sam Farmer (19:41.89) finished 14th. Rounding out the top five for the team were juniors Marilise Stamps (20:15.37), Emily Harl(20:20.67), and sophomore Rebecca Rubinstein (20:28.95), who finished 25th, 29th and 37th, respectively. A total of 315 girl runners competed in the race.
For the boys, Lucas Harrington (16:33.66) led the way with a 12th-place finish, while junior Quinn Miller (17:07.27) finished 22nd. Sophomores Adam Sandstedt (17:10.20) and Sam Baumer (17:13.28) finished not far behind at 24th and 29th, respectively. Senior Josh Ripley (17:35.16) finished 47th. There were 349 boy runners that competed.
Both teams start their regular seasons Saturday in the Liberty Cross Country Invitational at Stocksdale Park in Liberty.