In 2018, the Norton girls’ cross country squad finished fourth at the regional meet, one point away from the third and final state qualifying spot. Scott City, TMP-Marian and Clay Center finished ahead of the Bluejays. The trio then occupied the top-three team placings at the state meet.
Norton junior Lexi Kats captured the Class 3A individual title in 19 minutes, 26.6 seconds. Sophomore Hannah Bailey earned 29th in 21:38.5. Kats has never won a league or regional meet. Last year, Kats came up to Rossi after regionals and said she could win state. She has an excellent kick and started to pull away in the final 200 yards.
“I have coached a lot of years in a lot of sports, and I think she is probably one of the toughest kids and one of the best competitors that I have ever had,” coach George Rossi, in his 32nd year with Norton athletics, said.
In late June, Norton took its every other year trip to Breckenridge, Colo., and ran in the mountains. Rossi, a Colorado native, brings his returning varsity runners. The trek helped get the Bluejays in shape and featured some team bonding. Norton discussed its season goals on the trip and spoke often of the close team regional finish.
“Really understand what it’s like to have that heartbreak and really didn’t want to go through that again,” Rossi said.
This fall, Norton posted a strong start at Wamego, one of the larger early regular season meets. The showing gave Norton confidence, and that built at the annual Rim Rock meet in Lawrence on Sept 23. The massive regional competition features several races and teams from multiple states.
Norton has run at Rim Rock in the regular season since 2011. The girls finished sixth one year and the boys have never been in the top-10. This season, the Bluejay girls earned runner-up in the Blue race. Kats earned ninth, and Bailey 19th.
Norton was third in the Blue race behind Girard and Clay Center. Seniors Connor Hall and Ricky Hall earned sixth and seventh. Norton finished sixth in 3A boys in ’18 with King ninth and Hall 14th.
“We were not expecting that at all,” Rossi said. “I think that gave us a big shot in the arm.”
Last week, Norton hosted regionals for the first time in Rossi’s 11 years with the program. Rossi called the regional meet “loaded,” notably with Southeast of Saline.
Norton girls, though, captured the title with 44 points, 13 ahead of Southeast of Saline. Beloit took the third team spot at 83 points. Norton, which typically runs fewer miles than most teams, has enjoyed strong team chemistry.
“I didn’t have any really high expectations of getting a girls’ team back to state,” Rossi said. “It’s been a couple years since we have went, and it’s been close. Last year hurt a lot just being fourth by one point. Sometimes you would just rather get (smoked), but that one-point loss really sat hard, especially with the older kids, and the kids that we had returning really took that to heart.”
In previous years, Norton has had more injuries when it’s had high mileage workouts. The Bluejays rarely exceeds six or seven miles in a practice. Norton usually focuses on interval and hill work.
“They have accepted whatever workouts we put in front of them and then just go out and do it, and I think that’s just been the biggest thing that’s helped us this year,” Rossi said. “Their work ethic this year is a lot better than we have had in the past.”
SES sophomore Jentrie Alderson, the 3A state favorite, won regionals in 18:40.64. Kats finished third at 19:44.64. Freshman Jaelyn Rumback earned fifth in 20:46.90, and Bailey took eighth in 21:00.46.
Rumback has generally served as the team’s third runner. Sophomore Catherine Hall ran 12th with 21:18.53. Senior Dianna Douglas took 20th in 22:21.46. Sophomore Sabrina Todd earned 31st in 22:35.22. Freshman Oliva Miller took 42nd.
Rossi said Douglas has taken cross country “a lot more seriously,” in ’19, and her tumbling times have been “a shock for us.”
“The work that she’s put in, I think she kind of sees that as paying off, and I think that’s motivating,” Rossi said.
Norton has moved to No. 1 in the final 3A coaches’ poll, a spot ahead of Southeast of Saline. The state meet is Saturday at Rim Rock Farm. Norton girls have one state title, a 3A crown in ’10. The girls run at 10 a.m., and the boys at 11:45 a.m.
“They’ve been really serious about their workouts this year,” Rossi said. “And I think our workouts this year are better than we have had in quite a few years with everybody on the team, even the JV kids are working really hard, and I think that’s been a big boost for us.”
The boys’ team also qualified for state with a second-place regional finish. Southeast of Saline tallied 32 points, and Norton was second with 107. In the final 3A poll, Silver Lake, SES of Norton lead the way. The Trojan boys are the defending state champions and feature Sprecker and Luke Gleason.
Sophomore Dylan Sprecker captured the regional title in 16:43.55. Hall took runner-up in 16:47.66. King was tenth in 17:29.32. Sophomores Kolton Field and Matthew Willour, freshmen Rylan Wildeman and Garrett Urban, and junior Riley Goss round out the team.
“It’s a tremendous benefit to us to have two seniors,” Rossi said.
Mill Valley is the favorite in both 6A girls’ and boys’ polls. On the girls’ side, Olathe North is ranked second, and Blue Valley West third. For the boys, Lawrence Free State and Washburn are second and third, respectively. The defending state champions are Olathe North for the boys, and Mill Valley for the girls.
Mill Valley’s Morgan Koca won the regional. Katie Schwartzkopf is the defending state titlist and earned regional runner-up. MV returns six of the team’s top-38. Senior Darius Hightower earned the regional championship for Mill Valley. Manhattan’s Daniel Harkin is a state favorite, along with the Indians’ Ella Rosenkranz and Jenna Keeley on the girls’ side.
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Junction City – Lawrence Free State 50; Manhattan 57; Washburn Rural 58
Blue Valley West – Olathe South 40; Olathe East 77; Blue Valley West 107
Shawnee Mission South – Mill Valley 29, SM East 66, SM Northwest 95
Wichita East – Wichita East 35, Garden City 68, Dodge City 80
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Junction City – Daniel Harkin, Manhattan; Charles Johnson, Lawrence Free State; Michael Iyali, Wichita North; Benjamin Shryock, Lawrence Free State; Caleb Wright, Washburn Rural; Noah Cole, Hutchinson; Ruben Littlehead, Lawrence; Ethan Sharp, Lawrence Free State; Rylan Brown, Washburn Rural; Jack Ryan, Lawrence
Blue Valley West – Justyn France, Olathe South; Maxwell Thursby, Blue Valley; Ryan Schmideskamp, Olathe East; Kaden Cooley, Olathe West; Kaleb Santisteban, Olathe South; Bramwel Kosgei, Olathe North; Aidan Reyna, Olathe West; Jacob Berezoski, Olathe South; Carter Stewart, Olathe East; Brian Balquist, Blue Valley West
Shawnee Mission South – Darius Hightower, Mill Valley; Shane Mullen, SM Northwest; Karch Crawford, Mill Valley; Trevor Maxville, SM North; Carsyn Turpin, Mill Valley; Logan Read, Olathe NW; Ryder Jarrett, SM Northwest; Benjamin Rodriguez, SM East; Nicholas Schmidt, Mill Valley; Austin O’Dwyer, SM North
Wichita East – Jack Walsh, Wichita East; Dylan Stoltzfus, Wichita East; Ethan Fisher, Garden City; Giovanni Valverde, Dodge City; Isaac Oquendo, Haysville Campus; Tavion Porter, Wichita South; Daniel Zoller, Wichita East; Santiago Nunez-Gonzalez, Garden City; Jake Beauchamp, Wichita Southeast; Angel Landeros, Dodge City
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Junction City – Manhattan 37, Washburn Rural 45, Lawrence Free State 83
Blue Valley West – Olathe North 53, Blue Valley West 63, Olathe West 79
Shawnee Mission South – Mill Valley 21, Shawnee Mission South 72, Shawnee Mission East 85.
Wichita East – Derby 53, Wichita East 57, Dodge City 59
Top-10 Finishers Girls
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Junction City – Ella Rosenkranz, Manhattan; Jenna Keeley, Manhattan; Madeline Carter, Washburn Rural; Amelia Knopp, Manhattan; Erin Fagan, Lawrence Free State; Christina Funk, Washburn Rural; Jenna Ramsey, Hutchinson; Diana Messick, Lawrence; Chloe Inskeep, Hutchinson; Heidi Schieber, Washburn Rural
Blue Valley West – Victoria Wingrove, Blue Valley; Sarah Whitaker, Olathe North; Kaylee Tobaben, Olathe North; Katherine Soule, Blue Valley West; Annabella Call, Blue Valley West; Aubree Blackman, Olathe West; Melody Ochana, Olathe East; Carolyn Thurlby, Blue Valley Northwest; Alexis Dockstader, Olathe North; Ava Wardlaw, Olathe West
Shawnee Mission South – Morgan Koca, Mill Valley; Katie Jo Schwartzkopf, Mill Valley; Paige Mullen, SM Northwest; Hannah Gibson, SM South; Molly Haymaker, Mill Valley; Jenna Walker, Mill Valley; Molly Ricker, Mill Valley; Josie Taylor, Mill Valley; Lydia McGlocklin, Olathe Northwest; Chloe Wannamaker, SM South
Wichita East – Jocelyn Sosa, Garden City; Evan McKinzie, Wichita East; Kendall Shields, Wichita East; Abigail Monaghan, Derby; Serenity Larson, Dodge City; Vivian Kalb, Derby; Adela Gonzalez, Campus; Madelyn Carpenter, Haysville Campus; Halle West, Liberal; Ashlyn Struble
St. James Aquinas is again the prohibitive boys’ favorite, with Maize South and Andover second and third. St. James Academy is atop the girls, followed by Great Bend and Blue Valley Southwest. Aquinas swept both titles last fall. The Saints have five straight boys’ state championships. Sophomore Logan Seger ran 15:55 to win regionals. SJA’s Katherine Moore and Sarah Murrow finished 1-2 at regionals, with Blue Valley Southwest’s Gigi Loffredo fourth. At state last season, Murrow finished first and Loffredo second.
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Great Bend – Maize South 42, Newton 54, Great Bend 57
Blue Valley Southwest – Aquinas 23, BV Southwest 52, St. James 55
Topeka West – DeSoto 51, Lansing 56, Topeka Seaman 72
Bishop Carroll – Andover 65, Emporia 72, Bishop Carroll 82
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Great Bend – Trey Rios, Maize South; Erik Jantz, Newton; Kaiden Esfeld, Great Bend; Widly Nocenti, Newton; Elijah Clark, Maize South; Eli Blaufuss, Newton; Sage Cauley, Great Bend; Evan Hammond, Great Bend; Kadyn Dohlman, Maize
Blue Valley Southwest – Logan Seger, Aquinas; Christian Buehler, BVSW; Aiden Higgerson, Aquinas; C.J. Kneisler, BVSW; Ashton Higgerson, Aquinas; Connor Klocke, Aquinas; Elijah Moore, St. James; Nolan Mauk, Aquinas; Jordan Irvine, St. James; Aidan Grantham, Aquinas
Topeka West – Carson Sturdy, De Soto; Liam Neidig, Lansing; Terry Robinson, Lansing; Kory Sutton, Shawnee Heights; Lenny Njoroge, Topeka West; Taegan Loy, Topeka Seaman; Kyle Newberry, DeSoto; Jacob Deichert, Bonner Springs; Jack Loomis, DeSoto; Collin Underwood, Topeka Seaman
Bishop Carroll – Ryan Kinnane, Andover; Treyson True, Emporia; Austin Fullerton, Eisenhower; Erik Enriquez, Kapaun; Carson McEachern, Bishop Carroll; Brett Schoenhofer, Andover Central; Kaden Hauck, Andover; Brayden Rohr, Wichita Northwest; Jonathan Laudie, Emporia; Isaiah Bartel, Kapaun
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Great Bend – Maize South 36, Maize 61, Great Bend 62
Blue Valley Southwest – St. James 38, Aquinas 46, Blue Valley Southwest 54
Topeka West – De Soto 47, Topeka Seaman 61, Basehor-Linwood 82
Bishop Carroll – Bishop Carroll 47, Emporia 60, Andover 77
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Great Bend – Alexa Rios, Maize South; Zoie Ecord, Maize; Emilia Diaz, Great Bend; Bowi Sargent, Maize South; Aria Sheldon, Maize; Britton Kelly, Maize South; Amelia Jaeger, Hays; McKenna Esfeld, Great Bend; Emma Loomis, Great Bend; Kadyn Cobb, Salina Central
Blue Valley Southwest – Katherine Moore, St. James; Sarah Murrow, St. James; Allison Strathman, Aquinas; Gigi Loffredo, BV Southwest; McKenna Polus, BV Southwest; Brinn Wilson, BV Southwest; Elizabeth Ward, Aquinas; Alyssa Anderson, Spring Hill; Christine Znidarsic, St. James; Alexis Huddin, Aquinas
Topeka West – Kylie Phillips, Shawnee Heights; Madail Walter-Sherretts, Leavenworth; Rylee Jones, Basehor-Linwood; Katelyn Havner, Leavenworth; Nicole Schottler, De Soto; Katelyn Gress, De Soto; Makenna Orton, Shawnee Heights; Bethany Druse, Topeka Seaman; Abigail Sheerin, De Soto; Suzanna Mosqueda, Topeka Seaman
Bishop Carroll – Hope Jackson, Bishop Carroll; Elizabeth Willhite, Emporia; Jadyn Pavlik, Eisenhower; Skye Kroskey, Wichita Northwest; Cameron Pascal, Bishop Carroll; Elizabeth Vetter, Andover; Addie Curtis, Kapaun; Grace Gorges, Bishop Carroll; Sydney Anderson, Andover; Kara Haberichter, Andover
Buhler leads both polls in Class 4A. Eudora and Baldwin girls are second and third, and Wamego and Circle are second and third for the boys. Buhler is the defending boys’ champion, and Baldwin won the girls. Chapman’s Taylor Briggs has earned back-to-back Class 4A individual titles. She won the Buhler regional over Buhler’s Emma Willison. Eudora’s Riley Hiebert captured a title at Rim Rock and was second at regionals behind KC Piper’s Grace Hanson. Buhler’s Tanner Lindahl is the defending boys’ state titlist and clinched a regional crown.
Girard’s Cormick Logue was the runner-up at Rim Rock and won regionals. He is the brother of Girard’s Cailie Logue, who won 13 state titles in cross country and track for the Trojans and has enjoyed an impressive career at Iowa State.
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Baldwin – Tonganoxie 44, Bishop Miege 73; Eudora 81
Buhler – Buhler 34, Clearwater 69, Clay Center 73
Chanute – Girard 33, Iola 67, Fort Scott 87
El Dorado – Wamego 50, Circle 66, Winfield 70
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Baldwin – Owen Roellchen, KC Piper; Eli Gilmore, Tonganoxie; Dylan Graham, Tonganoxie; Cody Loganbill, Eudora; Charlie Hill, Bishop Miege; Jakob Edholm, Tonganoxie; Davis Capps, K.C. Piper; Hudson Allen, Baldwin; Grant Lockwood, K.C. Piper; Caleb Carr, Baldwin
Buhler – Tanner Lindahl, Buhler; Jaret Pfizenmaier, Clay Center; Cole Bixler-Large, Clearwater; Zachary Winter, Andale; Brayden Dressman, Buhlerl; Mason Seiter, Clearwater; Cordel Hendrickson, Buhler; Grant Waite, Abilene; Spencer Hines, Buhler; Grant Smith, Clay Center
Chanute – Cormick Logue, Girard; Hunter Ulbrich, Girard; Jack Adams, Iola; Connor Mason, Fort Scott; Alex Meister, Labette County; Aaron Maxwell, Paola; Larson Hoggatt, Coffeyville; Brett Baldwin, Parsons; Bryce Bingham, Chanute; Trenton Smith, Girard
El Dorado – Tanner Newkirk, Topeka Hayden; Craig LaBrue, Winfield; Brice Helton, Augusta; Camilo Leos-Tarin, Winfield; Jonathan Cutting, Wamego; Dawson Adams, Topeka Hayden; Jacob White, Wamego; Emery Wolfe, Wamego; Eli Jacobson, Circle; Tylen Ashihi, El Dorado
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Baldwin – Eudora 47, Baldwin 55, Louisburg 96
Buhler – Buhler 23, Andale 60, Pratt 65
Chanute – Fort Scott 52, Paola 64, Iola 77
El Dorado – Mulvane 50, Augusta 52, Circle 68
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Baldwin – Grace Hanson, KC Piper; Riley Hiebert, Eudora; Grace Meyer, Bishop Miege; Riley Smith, Baldwin; Reagan Hiebert, Eudora; Trinity Moore, Louisburg; Adalynn Collins, Atchison; Jana Landreth, Baldwin; Kristi Chambers, Tonganoxie; Phoebe Fletcher, Eudora
Buhler – Taylor Briggs, Chapman; Emma Willison, Buhler; Addie Hoeme, Pratt; Hayley Trotter, Clearwater; Leah Bentley, Buhler; Amaleigh Mattison, Buhler; Lindsay Warner, Buhler; Daycee DeWindt, Buhler; Sian Helfrich, Pratt; Anastasia Meyer, Andale
Chanute – Renee Trout, Independence; Macayla McClure, Fort Scott; Chloe Jones, Paola; Emily Farrington, Fort Scott; Leann Trout, Independence; Lily Hermes, Paola; Angeleena Rasmussen, Coffeyville; Megan Shireman, Girard; Rachel Bycroft, Iola, Abigail Smith, Chanute
El Dorado – Kyrsten Lucent, Rose Hill; Porsha Zweifel, Augusta; Kayli Myers, Winfield; Adaline Fulmer, Wamego; Alyssa Taylor, Augusta; Emma Willour, Circle; Anna Moon, Mulvane; Campbell Williams, Mulvane; Emily Hankins, Mulvane; Charlee Lind, Wamego
Class 3A (see feature story at the top)
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Anderson County – Anderson County 53, Osage City 62, Burlington 90
Norton – SE of Saline 32, Norton 107, Lakin 110
Riley County – Silver Lake 21, Marysville 77, Sabetha 104
Bishop Carroll – Halstead 64, Hesston 84, Cimarron 95
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Anderson County – Seth Jarvis, Burlington; Ethan Oglesby, Galena; Walker Stromgren, Osage City; Morgan Hall-Kropf, Anderson County; Riley Hedges, Anderson County; Drew Wilhite, Humboldt; Dallas Kueser, Anderson County; Kyle Haner, West Franklin; Skyler Karns, Osage City; Easton King, Frontenac
Norton – Dylan Sprecker, SE of Saline; Connor Hall, Norton; Luke Gleason, SE of Saline; Ryan Heline, Smoky Valley; Dominic Jackson, SE of Saline; Ryan Voss, Colby; Eric Frances, Scott City; Jaxson Kough, Scott City; Edwin Garcia, Lakin; Ricky King, Norton
Riley County – Kyler Kaniper, Silver Lake; Justin Hodge, Hiawatha; Gabriel TenEyck, Silver Lake; Cameron TenEyck, Silver Lake; Davis Lee, Marysville; Kamryn Kaniper, Silver Lake; Mason Brokaw, Silver Lake; Parker Roberts, Santa Fe Trail; Conner Inman, Jefferson West; Anthony Cervantes, Riley County
Bishop Carroll – Damion Santisteven, Cimarron; Christopher Meyer, Wichita Collegiate; Justin Burman, Cimarron; Johnny Yang, Hesston; Ethan Albers, Cheney; Branden Stanfield, SW Heights; Ian Carroll, Wichita Trinity; Tyler Gwyn, Wichita Collegiate; Rafael Guerque, Hugoton; Isaac Radke, Halstead
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Anderson County – West Franklin 41, Anderson County 53, Humboldt 92
Norton – Norton 44, Southeast of Saline 57, Beloit 83
Riley County – Silver Lake 40, Rock Creek 84, Hiawatha 101
Bishop Carroll – Southwestern Heights 36, Trinity Academy 73, Douglass 92
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Anderson County – Emma Bailey, West Franklin; Montana Ohmart, Columbus; Lillyan Gerow, Burlington; Brooke Allen, Prairie View; Bailey Leach, West Franklin; Lily Judd, West Franklin; Peyton Wood, Fredonia; Rayna Jasper, Anderson County; Natalie Hibbard, Fredonia; Elizabeth Melendez, Humboldt
Norton – Jentrie Anderson, Southeast of Saline; Hannah Burks, Beloit; Lexi Kats, Norton; Hayley Burks, Beloit; Jaelyn Rumback, Norton; Piper Wasinger, Scott City; Ashley Prochazka, Southeast of Saline; Hannah Bailey, Norton; Elizabeth Lambert, Smoky Valley; Grace Pope, TMP
Riley County – Mariah Farmer, Silver Lake; Katherine Madsen, Hiawatha; Aubrey Bahner, Silver Lake; Sierra Saenz, Rock Creek; Hattie Lukert, Sabetha; Victoria Caplinger, Atchison County; Elisa Saenz, Rock Creek; Jordyn Picolet, Council Grove; Ajah Banks, Santa Fe Trail; Abeni Feuerbacher, Silver Lake
Bishop Carroll – Ozia Trujillo, Southwestern Heights; Clara Bartlett, Cimarron; Yaney Puentes, Southwestern Heights; Mollie Reno, Cheney; Kendall Coombes, Douglass; Cierra Nord, Larned; Abbye Hudson, Cheney, Jenna Elliott, Trinity Academy; Yamyle Ramirez, Lyons; Taylor Hoskinson, Haven
Stanton County, Bennington and Rossville pace the 2A girls, with Stanton County, Richmond-Central Heights and McLouth leading the boys. Central Heights earned the boys’ crown in ’18, and Ellinwood captured the girls. KC Christian’s Alysia Wagner, Trego’s Sybil Giefer, and Ellinwood’s Erin Hammeke went 2-3-4 at state last fall. All three won regional titles. Stanton County girls were ninth at state in ’18. Chesney Peterson was a regional runner-up for SC.
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Alma-Wabaunsee – McLouth 43, Jefferson County North 97, Wabaunsee 104
Buhler – Ellsworth 61, Hutchinson Trinity 80, Ell-Saline 113
Great Bend – Stanton County 46, Ellis 83, WaKeeney 94
Richmond-Central Heights – Richmond-Central Heights 16, KC Christian 69, Olathe Heritage Christian 119
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Alma-Wabaunsee – Daniel Little, Jackson Heights; Trevor Pentlin, Jeff County North; Jared Plake, McLouth; Henry Cloyd, McLouth; Gus Forsberg, McLouth; Hunter Reynolds, Republic County; Brock Lauer, Chase County; Alfonso Rubio, Mission Valley; Clint Callaway, Republic County; Jerrod Campbell, Northern Heights
Buhler – Asher Brown, Whitewater-Remington; Morgan Becker, Canton-Galva; Nicholas Martisko, Inman; Christian Darrah, Canton-Galva; Tristan Reed, Hillsboro; Wyatt Wright, Whitewater-Remington; Noah Erichsen, Ellsworth; Gavin Brady, Ell-Saline; Caleb Diener, Hillsboro; Carter Crank, Sterling
Great Bend – Wyndom Giefer, Trego; Chayse McCullough, Plainville; Samuel Pyle, Ellis; Isaiah Barrera, Stanton County; Khristopher Giancola, Syracuse; Jarreth Carrasco, Stanton County; Jackson Wallace, Skyline; Corbin Ricke, Spearville; Andrew Bretz, Hoxie; Spencer Schmidt, Stanton County
Richmond-Central Heights – Henry Nelson, Bishop Seabury; Tyler Stevenson, Central Heights; Alex Cannaday, Central Heights; Mason McCurry, Central Heights; Luke Cotter, Central Heights; Joshua Howard, K.C. Christian, David Craft, Central Heights; Hudson Lewis, Heritage Christian; Austin Moffett, Yates Center; Stuart O’Brien, Colgan
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Alma-Wabaunsee – Bennington 51, Rossville 54, Wabaunsee 110
Buhler – Whitewater-Remington 35, Ellsworth 50, Wichita Trinity 65
Great Bend – Stanton County 26, Oakley 60, Ellinwood 67
Richmond-Central Heights – Richmond-Central Heights 39, Jayhawk Linn 72, Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan 74
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Alma-Wabaunsee – Ashlyn Harbaugh, Bennington; Chloe Stanley, Bennington; Julia Streit, Rossville; Rebecca Stuhlsatz, Wabaunsee; Amelia Foster, Rossville; Annie Allen, Jackson Heights; Jula Seidel, Rossville; Zetta Noll, Jefferson County North; Baylee Wolfe, McLouth; Reagan Clark, McLouth
Buhler – Heidi Grimmett, Marion; Joni Schroeder, Ellsworth; Emersyn Funk, Hillsboro; Audrey Van Zelfden, Whitewater-Remington; Lucy Brown, Whitewater-Remington; Isabel Brownlee, Sterling; Hannah Martisko, Inman; Jayda Kelly, Wichita Independent; Malgonta Byczkowslia, Wichita Independent
Great Bend – Sybil Giefer, WaKeeney-Trego; Chesney Peterson, Stanton County; Erin Hammeke, Ellinwood; Madelyn Russell, Ellis; Suzanne Farnham, Stanton County; Emily Diercks, Hoxie; Peyton Peterson, Stanton County; Danielle Allison, Oakley; Yessenia Ornelas, Stanton County; Gracie Enochs, Smith Center
Richmond-Central Heights – Alysia Wagner, KC Christian; Oona Nelson, Bishop Seabury; Kate Dawson, Jayhawk Linn; Madison Bridges, Central Heights; Josie Ware, West Elk; Abby Brown, Richmond-Central Heights; Allison Marietta, Colgan; Ashley Marietta, Colgan; Lily Meyer, Richmond-Central Heights; Sabrina Eicher, Bishop Seabury
In the final poll, Doniphan West, Berean Academy and Pretty Prairie headline the girls’ side. St. John-Hudson, Axtell and Beloit/St. John’s are atop the boys’ poll. Both 1A fields, especially the girls, are wide open. Lincoln is the defending girls’ champion, and Wallace County won the boys.
Lincoln’s Jaycee Vath and Aubry Donley finished 1-2 last season. Vath returns as the favorite, and Donley is now running at Friends. Berean Academy is the defending state runner-up, and Doniphan West did not qualify as a team last year. For the boys, Axtell’s Quinn Buessing continues his remarkable four-sport career.
One of eight-man’s all-time best quarterbacks, Buessing took fourth at state cross country in ’18. Hutchinson Central Christian’s Collin Oswalt is back as the favorite after a regional title and state crown last fall. However, Beloit/St. John’s’ Caleb Eilert won Blue race at Rim Rock by .6 seconds over Girard’s Logue. Eilert was second to Oswalt last year.
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Tribune-Greeley County – La Crosse 26, Quinter 43, Satanta 44
Washington County – Axtell 39, Osborne 39, Beloit St. John’s 42
Wichita East – Berean Academy 25, St. John 36, Olpe 57
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Tribune-Greeley County – Blake Pierce, La Crosse; Elijah Zortman, Fowler; Joshua Schulte, Victoria; Darvin Puerto, Satanta; Andrew Racy, South Gray; Eli Gruenbacher Quinter; Sam Pinkerton, Logan; Will Rues, La Crosse; Michael Gallegos, South Gray; Peytan Butler, Otis-Bison
Washington County – Caleb Eilert, Beloit/St. John’s; Reagan Bates, Osborne; Cameron Delaney, Osborne; Dalton Murray, Wakefield; Quinn Buessing, Axtell; Noah Hefty, Valley Falls; Rasmus Nielsen, Wetmore; Tyler Simmons, Washington County; Ransom Engelken, Centralia; Simon Schmitz, Axtell
Wichita East – Collin Oswalt, Hutchinson Central Christian; Nolan Redeker, Olpe; A.J. Miller, St. John; Andrew Janzen, Berean Academy; Gavin Tucker, Berean Academy; Uriel Calleros, St. John; Eli Nord, Berean Academy; Paul Shive, Wichita-Class; Trayton Walker, Oswego; Jerah Schmidt, Goessel
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Tribune-Greeley County – Wallace County 41, Kiowa County 44, Meade 51
Washington County – Doniphan West 32, Lincoln 35, Pike Valley 54
Wichita East – Berean Academy 26, Pretty Prairie 36, Macksville 52
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Tribune-Greeley County – Madison Sutterfield, Meade; Courtney Bailey, Ingalls; Ashton Lund, Natoma; Madison Yost, Kiowa County; Anniston Anderson, La Crosse; Leah Anstaett, Quinter; Alexandra Redecop, Kiowa County; Sicely Jackson, Satanta; Adrienne Selzer, Wallace County; Alyssa Pierce, Wallace County; Sarah Tarn, Montezuma-South Gray
Washington County – Jaycee Vath, Lincoln; Natalie Roepke, Washington County; Elle Williams, Doniphan West; Chloe Clevenger, Doniphan West; Jane Letourneau, Beloit-St. John’s; Claire Cole, Doniphan West; Olivia Kuckelman, Centralia; Carolina Barraza, Pike Valley; Raegen Stewart, Lincoln; Jaylyn Wise, Tipton Catholic
Wichita East – Brooke Wiebe, Berean Academy; Macy Smith, Olpe; Madison Butler, Macksville; Kirstin Hackney, Coldwater-South Central; Ursula Billings, Colony-Crest; Elyse Boden, Goessel; Hannah Redetzke, Central Plains; Emmy Punches, Burlingame; Abigail White, Pretty Prairie; Sonya Zimmerman, Berean Academy