2017 Polson Ranch Invitational: Everything It Was Expected To Be

Though things were fairly tight through the mile, Chris Theodore and Easton Allred would take over soon thereafter.

If you like your cross country with a faint whiff of cow pie, Polson Ranch is the place you want to be. It helps that there isn't a stitch of hard surface in sight. Sometimes sandy, sometimes firm, sometimes lumpy, and sometimes smooth, but never asphalt nor concrete. It is the way cross country was created to be.

Of course, the streets and thoroughfares of Sedalia weren't exactly designed for evacuating a just-completed cross country meet in quick or orderly fashion. It wasn't quite as bad as the aftermath of the 2010 state cross country meet, but it was an extended experience in not moving.

Such experiences can lay the foundation for frustration or they can be seen as an opportunity to absorb all that happened over the last few hours. And there was a lot to absorb. It was a spectacular cross country meet, by any measure.