2002 Cross Country Week
October 19 - League action

by Anthony Bozarth

| Sunflower | NCAA | Delaware | Frontier | Kaw Valley | Pike Trail | Washington |
| Wheatland | Huron | Western AC | Chisholm II |

My thanks to for invaluable help in collecting
meet results. Full results for listed league meets are available at
their site.

Sunflower League
Over 700 runners and thousands of spectators braved cold winds and
muddy grounds in this Kansas City area suburb for the Sunflower League
Championships. A bevy of state ranked teams ran in Kansas' largest
cross country conference. All state rankings are for class 6A (Kansas'

Lawrence High School's boys, ranked #1 in the state, defended their
team title behind a 1-2 finish from Dylan McClain (16:17) and Andy
Stuble (16:27), with able backup from John Zehr (7th -17:04). McClain
and Struble were in the lead pack early and steadily pulled away during
the race. Dallas Herny (Leavenworth) placed third at 16:38, just ahead
of Brian Batliner (SM South 16:38).
Lawrence scored 63 points to win from #2 ranked and defending state
champ Shawnee Mission Northwest (75), with #4 SM East right behind with
77. #5 Lawrence Free State placed fourth with 127 points, with Shawnee
Mission West (#9) 150 at fifth. Leavenworth 151 was a close sixth with
co#10 Olathe East at 162.

In the girls race Connie Abbott (SM South) and Alysha Valencia
(Lawrence Free State) immediately raced to the lead and gapped the
field. At about the mile mark Abbott made a decisive move to break the
race open, then ran to an 11:30 two mile triumph. Valencia held on for
second in 12:02, while Rebecca Ingraham led SM Northwest to a repeat
team title in third at 12:08. Kristin Wolkey (SM North 12:19), Kate
Swain (SMNW 12:22), Alysha Galbraith (2000 state champ from Olathe South
12:24) and Ashli Kelso (Olathe East 12:25) formed a tight chase pack.
Shawnee Mission Northwest (defending state champ and #1 all season)
scored a big team win with six runners in the top twenty and 45 points.
Lawrence Free State (ranked #6) had a big comethrough race for second
with 71, while Lawrence (#5) 108, SM East (#7) 115, and Olathe East
((co-#10) 119 had a tight race for third.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Lawrence 63, 2. SM Northwest 75, 3. SM East 77,
4. Lawrence Free State 127, 5. SM West 150, 6. Leavenworth 151, 7.
Olathe East 162, 8. SM South 190, 9. Olathe South 226, 10. Olathe North
234, 11. SM North 262

BOYS TOP TWENTY: 1. Dylan McClain (Lawrence) 16:17; 2. Andy Struble
(Lawrence) 16:27; 3. Dallas Henry (Leavenworth) 16:38; 4. Brian Batliner
(SM South) 16:40; 5. Adrian Ludwig (Free State) 16:49; 6. Matt Morton
(SMNW) 17;00; 7. John Zehr (Lawrence) 17;04; 8. Justin Simonich (SM East
) 17;06; 9. Jeff Daniels (SM West) 17:07; 10. Brian Everest (SM East)
17;09; 11. Hiral Bhakta (Free State) 17;10; 12. Tucker Weems (SMNW)
17:12; 13. Mike Wielbacher (Leavenworth) 17:12; 14. Tim Rowe (SM East)
17:13; 15. James Swartz (Olathe East) 17:14; 16. Zach Pope (Olathe East)
17;14; 17. Jeremy Holthaus (Olathe South) 17:21; 18. Robby Kampen (SMNW)
17:21; 19. Austin Marsh (SMNW) 17:22 20: Jacob Brown (SMNW) 17:25

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. SM Northwest 45, 2. Lawrence Free State 71, 3.
Lawrence 108, 4. SM East 115, 5. Olathe East 119, 6. Olathe South 166,
7. SM West 174, 8. SM South 190, 9. Olathe North 243, 10. SM North 252,
11. Leavenworth 255

GIRLS TOP TWENTY: 1. Connie Abbott (SM South) 11:30; 2. Alysha
Valencia (Free State) 12:02; 3. Rebecca Ingraham (SMNW) 12:08) 4.
Kristin Wolkey (SM North) 12:19; 5. Kate Swain (SMNW) 12:22; 6. Alysha
Galbraith (Olathe South) 12:24; 7. Ashli Kelso (Olathe East) 12:25; 8.
Stephanie Schmidt (SM East) 12:29; 9. Hayley Harbert (SMNW) 12:30; 10.
Meg Gentry (Lawrence) 12:42; 11. Andrea Showalter (SMNW) 12:43; 12.
Mallory Richardson (Free State) 12:45 13. Cailan O' Grady (SM East)
12:45; 14. Meagan Cassady (SM West 12:46) 15. Robyn Lee (Free State)
12:50: 16. Lauren Davis (Lawrence) 12:52; 17.Becca Munro (SMNW) 12:56;
18 Maggie Brooke (Free State) 12:58; 19. Jenni Beasley (Lawrence 13:00)
20. Erin Elam (SMNW) 13:01

NCAA @ Downs

Osborne's girls, ranked #1 in class 2A-1A, continued a great season
as they rolled to the NCAA title, held in conjunction with the Downs
Invitational. Osborne was led by 1-2 finish by state contenders Jolene
Mick (11:32) and Ashley Noel (12:04). Smith Center's Vanessa Peterson
(12:30) was third with Lincoln's Abby Obbermueller fourth at 12:48.
Osborne scored 34 points to runnerup Ellsworths' 68 with Beloit (#6 3A)
a close third at 74.
Belleville (#7 3A) rolled behind Clark McDonald's 17;06 individual
win to the team title. McDonald won by over 30 seconds, while
Belleville's 34 outscored Ellsworth's 55.

Delaware League @ Rimrock Farm, Lawrence

Eric Wellman (Horton) and Phillip Brandon (Kansas City Christian)
dueled over the hills of Rimrock Farm, with Wellman pulling away to a
16:36 to 16:48 victory. Kansas City Christian (ranked #4 in 3A) scored
a convincing victory with 25 points to Jackson Heights 61.
Courtney Edmunds (McLouth) rolled to a convicing 12:49 win, with
Horton's Gina Berger second at 13:14. Horton put four scorers in the
first eight to win with 35 points over McLouth's 58.

Frontier League @ Rimrock Farm

Anderson County's David Cox rolled over Rimrock Farm, winnig by
amost a minute in 16:45 to David Ballew's (Gardner-Edgerton) 17:26.
Defending 4A state champ and #1 (4A) ranked Baldwin rolled to the team
title with 32 points, outscoring Gardner-Edgerton's 63 with Anderson
County (#7 4A) third at 68.
Erica Ogle (Baldwin) pulled away from Paola's Megan Sturtzman to
win in 12:27, with Sturzman second at 12:48. #1 4A Baldwin rolled to a
23 to 60 win over Paola, with Gardner-Edgerton third at 64.

Kaw Valley League @ Perry-Lecompton HS
In match-up of 4A title contenders, Mill Valley's Jon Matlack ran
to a fast 16:19 win over Tonganoxie's Kyle Norris (16:35). Mill
Valley's depth overcame three Tonganoxie runners in the top five to
score a narrow 42-43 win.
DeSoto's Andrea pulled away to a 12:34 victory, with Tonganoxie's
Laura Korb second (12:43) and Lansing's Cassie Blankenship (12:53)
third. DeSoto, Carrie and Laurie Wilbert finishing fourth and fifth,
rolled to the league title with a 38 point victory, as Mill Valley (68)
edged Tonganoxie (69) and Lansing (74) for second.

Pike Trail League @ the Washington Invitational In a match-up of 1A
schools (#10 2A-1A) Pike Valley HS in Scandia perfect scored to win the
Pike Trail boy's title. Jeff Nutsch edged Dustin Reynolds for the win,
both timing 17:32.
Mankato scored 30 to Pike Valley's 37 to win the girl's title.
Mankato's Cortney Jeffery ran 12:54 for the win.

Washington Invitational
Onaga's Stephanie Forgy ran to 12:09 win over Clifton-Clyde's Lauren
Taylor (12:15), with Noelle Krchma (Wakefield) a fast third in 12:22.
Wakefield put four scorers in the top eight for 51 points, over
Clifton-Clyde's 62.
Pike Valley also won the boys title with 26 points, as open results
mirrored the Pike Trail resutls.

Wheatland Invitational @ Grainfield
Top northwest Kansas small schools met at Wheatland, with Kevin
Schoendaler individual win (18:54 on a slow course) leading the host
school to a 31 to 59 win over Wakeeney.
In a match-up of top western Kansas girl contenders, Wakeneey's
Erin Locke ran 11:39 to just edge Tribune's Kayleen Ditmer 11:41. Ness
City's Molly Kuhlman was third at 11:50. Wakeneey triumphed with 43
points over Wheatland's 63 with Dighton close at 64.

Huron League @ Pierson Park, Kansas City
Pierson Park's ultra hilly course hosted the Huron League, with host
Turner edgeing Ottawa 27-31 for the boy's title. Ottawa sophomore
Dustin Toland cruised a 17:23 to win from Turner's Dustin Chamber's
(17:50). 4A contender Lisa Morrisey (Ottawa) rolled to a one-minute
plus victory in 12:48, significant running on a course that feature's
the infamous "Goat Hill", a 100 yard stretch of sand and rocks that
reduces most runner's to hands-and-knees climbing. Ottawa scored 17 to
roll to victory. Kansas City Bishop Ward was second at 54.

Western Athletic Conference @ Garden City
Cool temperatures and Kansas breezes in the 40-50 mph range slowed
times considerably at the WAC meet, but the competition was heated as
Western Kansas' large schools met. Liberal's girls (ranked #1 in 5A)
ran 1-2-3 with Katy Bourell (13:38), Brittany Streiff (13:38) and Amy
Parnell (13:43) leading the pack. Kendra Chambers (Great Bend) was a
close fourth (13:43). Liberal scored 30 to defending 5A state champ
(and #2 5A) Great Bend's 39.
Hays High's boys upended the form charts with the boys win. Hays
(co #3 5A) was led by Scott Rome's 17:40 individual win, with Great
Bend's Tanner Marshall second at 17:49. Hays scored 49 to upset #2 5A
Liberal (54), with defending 5A state champ (co #3 5A) Great Bend at 57
and Garden City at 58 in close scoring.

Chishom Trail League Division II @ Lake Affton
Mallory Champa cruised to a 12:07 victory, leading Clearwater to a
26 to 41 victory over runnerup Andover in the girls race. Daniel Simon
(Andover) blitzed a 15:57 5k to win by over a minute. Clearwater packed
well to take a 31 to 54 win over Andale.



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