Knoxville placed three runners among the top 10 in the Knoxville Early Bird Cross Country Meet held at the Knoxville High School Monday, August 26.
Despite the strong performance by the top of the KHS varsity lineup, the Panthers settled for third place in a hotly contested season opening meet.
Pekin won the team title with 39 points with Fairfield at 43 and Knoxville with 46 points. The Eddyville-Blakesburg Rockets were fourth with 103 points.
Colton Glosser, of Pekin, won the varsity 5k race with a time of 16:19.
Knoxville senior Jordan Bacon showed the way for the Panthers with a run of 17:52, in fifth place overall.
Next came Panther sophomore and first year runner Seth Walraven with a run of 18:09 in sixth.
He was followed by his brother Trent Walraven in 10th at 18:22.
Rounding out the varsity Panther scoring for the day were Kaden McGill, a freshman, in 12th at 18:33 and Emmett Schmidt in 13th at 18:33.
Also racing with the varsity but not counting in the team total for the day were Max Purvis in 14th at 18:34 and Peter Picard in 15th at 18:52.
Other top KHS performances which just missed the varsity lineup for the day were Jonathon Watson in 16th at 19:04, Ethan Murra 17th at 19:06, Carson Irving 19th at 19:16.
Also running for Knoxville were Nash Linsley, Andrew Jackson, Ethan Morgan, Joey Hembrook, John Buttell and Gable Garcia along with Drake Marvelli and Mason Hatch.
The Panthers are coached by Michael Splavec.