2002 Cross Country Week
October 5

by Anthony Bozarth

Topeka Hayden | Bishop Miege | USATF | Shawnee Hts | Newton | Beloit | Haskell |

Wednesday 10/9/02

Haskell Sweepstakes, Haskell Indian Nation, Lawrence KS

Lawrence Free State freshman Alysha Valencia and Olathe South's
Alysha Galbraith (2000 6A state champ) blasted to the lead at the gun,
while Free State (ranked #3 in the state polls) and Olathe East settled
into a duel, with Olathe South (#6 in state polls) packed close behind.
At the half mile mark the Free State made a concerted surge and broke
lose as the field headed into the trails away from the large crowd of
spectators. Valencia broke free of Galbraith, and ran to a substantial
win, running 11:57 for 2 miles. Galbraith placed second at 12:39, ahead
of Olathe East's fast closing Ashli Kelso (12:44). In the team scores,
Free State placed 5 runners in the top 7 to win the girls division and
take an early sweepstakes lead. Free State scored 54 to Olathe East's
87, with Olathe South third at 123.

The boys race saw Free State's Hiral Bhakta and Ariel Ludwig break
on top at the start, followed by Olathe East's James Swartz and Zach
Pope, with Olathe South's Jeremy Holthaus close behind. Free State
(ranked #5 in the state polls) and Olathe East (ranked #8) packed
together, with Olathe South stalking behind. Bhakta broke away in the
second mile and ran to a fast 5k win in 16:18. Ludwig held off Holthaus
for second (16:55 to 16:58) with Swartz fouth (17:04). Free State's
Alex Rock closed for fifth (17:04), with Pope sixth (17:11). Olathe
East packed with a 64 split 1-9 to win the boys title 59-67 over Free
State, with Olathe South third at 149.

Free State won the overall sweepstakes title 121 to 146 over Olathe
East, with Olathe South third at 272.

Full results and meet photos are available at

Saturday 10/5/02

Bishop Miege Invitational
Fourteen teams from Kansas and Missouri met at Miege High School
Campus in Roeland Park. While the course is flat, Miege features many
turns, and some rough footing. As usual, a large and enthuastic crowd
followed the runners from point to point.
Mill Valley's Jon Matlack held off a late kick from SM South's
Brian Batliner to win in 16:32, one second up on Batliner. Matt Pence
(16:44) and Wes McKain (16:51) finished 3-4 to lead Kansas City MO Park
Hill South to the boys title. Park Hill South placed four runners in
the top ten win with 42 points, outdistancing second place Olathe East
(71) and third place SM South (86).
SM South's Connie Abbott continued an outstanding season by
grabbing the lead from the gun and pulling away to an 11:32 win.
Hillary Forman of Kansas City MO Pembroke Hill was second in 12:17, with
Sarah Glatt (Miege 12:34) and Ashli Kelso (Olathe East 12:43) third and
fourth. In an exciting stretch run Miege outpointed Olathe East 28-40
for the team title, with SM South third with 102.

Two of the top girls squads in Kansas met at the USATF
Invitational, hosted by Shawnee Mission Northwest. Blue Valley North's
Laura Kelley (11:47) and Jana Gwin (11:48) blazed over the hilly SM Park
course to go 1-2, and lead Blue Valley North to a 27-41 win over SM
Northwest. Olathe South was third with 70 points.
Northwest's Rebecca Ingraham was third at 12:06, with Kristin
Wolkey (SM North 12:18) and Lauren Holt (12:27, BV North) in fifth. The
quality of the field was shown with 2000 state champ Alysha Galbraith
(Olathe South) in seventh at 12:34.
Blue Valley North scored another win as Grady Sullivan bulldozed
the boys field, winning by almost a minute in 16:09 for 5k. Taylor
Foster led SMNW in second in 16:56, with Grant Shaffer (Independence
17:03), Jeremy Holthaus (Olathe South 17;05) and Aaron Geary (BV North
17:12) following.
SM Northwest dominated the team race with 31 points, followed by BV
North (56) and Olathe South (73)

A tight team race race the Blue Valley West girls edge Lawrence
64-68 for the team title at Lake Shawnee. Shawnee Heights was third at
93, just ahead of Blue Valley Northwest's 100.
BVNW's Taryn May cruised to a 12:19 win over the hills, well up on
defending 5A champ Trisa Nickoley of Shawnee Heights (12:30). Erin O'
Brien led BV West with in third at 12:39.
Lawrence blew open the boys team race from the start, winning with
30 points over Emporia (72), SM West (84) and Leavenworth (101). Paul
Hefferon of Blue Valley West (newly classified in 6A), rolled to a 16:12
win, with Lawrence's Dylan McClain second in 16:28. Andy Struble
(Lawrence 16:34) and Dallas Henry (Leavenworth 16:45) finished 3-4.

Newton Invitational
McPherson edged Hutchinson 55-56 for the boys title in Newton.
Tyler Roark of Hutchinson roared to the win in 16:43, almost fourty
seconds up on second. El Dorado and Buhler raced to a tie with 42
points, with El Dorado winning on the pusher. Lauren (12:43) and Morgan
(12:54) Bonds of Hutchinson ran 1-2 for the individual title.

Beloit Invitational
Clark McDonald (Belleville) raced to a 17;19 win and led Bellville
to a 49 to 55 victory of Concordia.
Osborne, led by a 1-2 punch from Jolene Mick (11:59) and Ashley
Noel (12:23) edged Clay Center for the team title 45 to 57. Gus
Newmeyer led Clay Center in 12:24 for third.

Thursday 10/1/02

Topeka Hayden Invitational @ Stateland XC Course

Aquinas from Overland Park swept the boys and girls title's, winning
the boy's meet with a score of 41 over Lawrence Free State's 52, with
defending 4A champ Baldwin third at 55. Hiral Bhakta and Ariel Ludwig of
Free State went 1-2 with identical times of 16:46 for the hilly 5k. Aquinas
won the girls title with 53 points to the 70 of Baldwin and Free State's 84.
Alysha Valencia (Free State) won the girls title in 12:02


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