VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. – Rachel Lopez of the Platte River cross country team placed fifth in a 3K race for 12-year-olds at the AAU Junior Olympics championships Dec. 1. Her time was 11:14.

Aby Smidt took 79th in the under-11 age group with a time of 13:32. Meghan Smidt was 88th in the 13-year-old age group with a time of 18:02 in the 4K race.

Kristen Martinez took 23rd in the 14-year-old age category. Her time in the 4K race was 16:41.

The squad was expected to compete in the U.S. Junior Olympics championships in Lawrence, Kan., over the weekend.