Devin Neff ran faster than he ever has before to claim first place Friday afternoon at the Bowling Green Invitational.

Devin Neff ran faster than he ever has before to claim first place Friday afternoon at the Bowling Green Invitational. 

The Mark Twain senior completed the course at the Pike County Fairgrounds in a time of 16:53, setting a personal record that beat the rest of the field by 30 seconds.

Palmyra runners Spencer Locke and Brett Griesbaum, meanwhile, each finished in the top 20, with Locke running an 18:30 for 17th place and Griesbaum earning 18th in 18:32.

The duo led the Panthers to fifth place out of 16 squads with 118 team points. Neff's Tigers didn't have enough runners to qualify. New Bloomfield won the boys title with 69 points.

Nick Mudd placed 27th in 18:56 for Palmyra, followed by teammates Brock Boulware (19:15, 35th) and Aaron Stamper (19:26, 38th).

Matthew Wellman paced Marion County with a time of 20:43 for 65th place in the field of 118 runners.

Lauren Reid paced Palmyra to sixth place in the girls team standings. Reid finished 20th in 22:35, followed by fellow Lady Panthers newcomer Lydia Szarka, who crossed in 23:02.

Rounding out the Lady Panthers were Bella Perkins (24:25, 34th), Kinsey Tiemann (25:04, 46th) and Alicia Bryan (27:35, 67th).

Palmyra accumulated 128 team points, while champion Bowling Green blew past the field with just 44.

Led by freshmen Emma Jo Ross and Zoe Miller, Mark Twain placed eighth in the girls standings with 170 points. Ross finished in 22:59 for 22nd place, while Miller came in 28th in 23:39.

Rounding out the Lady Tigers' scorers were Shelby Epperson (27:02, 58th), Hannah Smith (27:39, 68th) and Anna Gill (29:52, 81st). 

Payton Hays paced Marion County, which didn't qualify as a team, with a 25:04 for 45th place, while Lady Mustangs teammate Makenzie Crook took 53rd in 25:53.