2002 Cross Country Week
October 12

by Anthony Bozarth

Topeka | El Dorado | Salina |

Thursday 10/3/02

Topeka City Championships @ Stateland CC course
Trisha Nickoley (Shawnee Heights) and Emery Wright (Topeka High)
captured the individual titles, while Washburn Rural (girls) and Topeka
Seaman (boys) won the team titles.
Nickoley, the two time defending 5A state champ, roared over the
hilly course to an 11:55 victory, with Washburn's Meadeline Harms second
in 12:15 and Topeka High's Jill Moenius third at 12:28. Rural defeated
Topeka Hayden 51-60 for the team title.
Wright ran a 17:01 to defeat runner-up Tylr Hendrickson of Topeka
Hayden (17:25). Seaman grouped their scoring nine from 5 to 11 to win
the boys title 40 points over Shawnee Height's 78.

Saturday 10/11/02

El Dorado Invitational

Emporia, ranked #2 in 6A, cruised to the boy's team title with a 66
to 153 win over defending 5A champ Great Bend, with last year's 5A
runner-up Liberal close behind with 154. 19 teams competed.
Defending 6A state champ Ryan Wilson (Wichita Heights) ran to a
16:21 win, with Hutchinson's Tyler Roark second at 16:29. Daniel Simon
(Andale 16;47), Michael Knickerbocker (Emporia 16:49) and Brent Groves
(Liberal 16:50) completed the top five finishers.
The Great Bend girls (also defending 5A champs) edged arch-rival
Liberal 87 to 100 for the team title, with host El Dorado right behind
at 106 and Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel at 107.
Morgan Bonds (Hutchinson) ran to a fast 12:17 win over Ryan Ayres
(Kapaun 12:26). Lauren Bonds (Hutchinson) was third at 12:38, with
Elizabeth Marsh (Wichita East 12:40) and Kendra Chambers (Great Bend
12:48) rounding out the top five.

Salina Invitational @ Bill Burke/Indian Rock Park

Ross Wilden (Buhler) suprised Lance Reichenberger (Wichita
Carroll) with a late kick and won his first varsity race at the Salina
Invitational. The course is mostly flat with a mammoth mid-race climb
up and down Indian Rock. Wildin held back till the hill, then moved up
on Reichenberger with 400 to go. Wildin ran 16;44, with Reichenberger
at 16:57. Hay's Scott Rome was third at 17:12.
The Carroll boys easily won the team title with 50 points to Maize's
92. Clearwater was third 11 team field with 102 points.
In a match-up of two of the state's top runners, Maize's Liz Kramer
barely out-kicked Clearwater's Mallory Champa, both runner's given
11:49's. Mention was made of some contact in the final yards, but no
foul was called on either runner. Melissa Ortiz of Wichita West was
third at 12:23, and Gus Newmeyer of Clay Center fourth at 12:30.
Buhler edged Maize 83-87 for the girls team title, with Clay Center
third at 117.


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