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2002 Cross Country Week
September 21

by Anthony Bozarth


Rimrock Farm
| Turner | Bluestem | McLouth | Northern Hts | Fort Scott | Buhler | Wichita County |


Thursday 9/18/02

Rimrock Farm

Link to complete Rimrock results

Gold Division Boys
Adam Perkins led his Liberty MO team to an absolutely dominating win
over a field loaded with the best from the midwest. Perkins moved away
from a crowded lead pack in the second mile, then simply held position
for the rest of the race, winning in a very comfortable looking 16:02
for the hilly 5k. Perkins was followed by fellow-show me stater Colten
Green of Macks Creek MO (16:24). Green moved away late from a pack
including Jason Simpson (Liberty MO 16:29), Colby Wissell (Kearney NE
16:32) and Alex Morris (Springfield Kickapoo 16:33), with another Lee's
Summit North MO Adam Scrogham in 6th (16:35), just ahead of another
Liberty runner (Aaron Martens 16:37). Wichita Heights Ryan Wilson was
the first Kansan finisher at 8th in 16;37.

Liberty piled all seven runners into the first 31 scorers to
overwhelm the multi-state field. Kearney NE (153) defeated Jenks OK
(161) for second with Blue Springs MO (161) close.
Times seemed to be slowed in the meet with tempetures in the 80's and
sunny skies, ideal conditions for the 6000+ crowd, but hampering runners
over the hilly course.

Team Scores: 1. Liberty MO 30; 2. Kearney NE 153; 3. Jenks OK 156; 4.
Blue Springs MO 161; 5. Fremont NE 197; 6. Lee's Summit North MO 202; 7.
St. Joseph Central MO 206; 8. Lawrence 239; 9. Emporia 252; 10.
Springfield Kickapoo MO 256; 11. Omaha Creighton Prep NE 296; 12.
Bellevue West NE 349; 13. Lawrence Free State 368; 14. Wichita Carroll
399; 15. Leavenworth 413; 16. Independence Truman MO 427; 17. Baldwin
436; 18. Maize 442; 19. Kearney MO 448; 20. Liberal 454; 21. Olathe East
526; 22. Hutchinson 541; 23. Norman North OK 570; 24. Wichita South 630

Gold Division Girls
Jenks OK dominated the girls race with three of the top four
finishers. The team race was never in doubt as Jenks appeared to have
their top seven in the lead pack through the mile. Brianna McLeod
continued her successes in Lawrence after dominating last year's KU
Relays, running a very fast 14:41 over the hilly 4k course. McLeod was
followed across the line by Jenks team mate Rachel Barber in second at
15:01, with Laura Major finishing fourth for Jenks at 15:09. Elle
Pishney of Blue Valley West in third (15;04) was the first Kansan, with
Shawnee Mission South's Connie Abbott fifth in 15:13.
Jenks scored 28 points to runner-up Liberty MO's 134, with St.
Joseph Central (142) edging Lee's Summit North MO (149) for the third
place trophy.

Team Scores: 1. Jenks OK 28; 2. Liberty MO 134; 3. St. Joseph Central
142; 4. Lee's Summit North MO 149; 5. Fremont NE 158; 6. Warrensburg MO
199; 7. Blue Valley West 230; 8. Bellevue West NE 262; 9. Baldwin 268;
10. Independence Truman MO 274; 11. Raymore-Peculiar MO 274; 12. Shawnee
Mission Bishop Miege 283; 13. Lawrence Free State 291; 14. Lawrence 300;
15. Maize 362; 16. Blue Valley Northwest 392; 17. Wichita Kaupan Mt.
Carmel 396; 18. Wichita Carroll 397; 19. Norman North OK 529

Crimson Division Boys
Blue Valley North's Grady Sullivan, a prime contender for the state
6A title, moved away from Tulsa Bishop Kelley' Tyler Kelly to win in
16;40. (Kelly running 16:45). Raytown MO's Micah Schmidt (17;01) placed
third with Brian Graham (KC Rockhurst MO 17:02) and Alex Vickers (Topeka
High 17:07) following.
Rockhurst dominated the team race, winning with 58 points, well up
on Tulsa Bishop Kelly's 164. Kelly edged Omaha Burke on the
tie-breaker

Team scores: 1. Kansas City Rockhurst MO 58; 2. Tulsa Bishop Kelley OK
164; 3. Omaha Burke NE 164; 4. Raytown MO 192; 5. Great Bend 196; 6.
Blue Valley North 217; 7. Blue Valley West 274; 8. Topeka High 278; 9.
Branson MO 294; 10. Warrensburg 301; 11. Wichita East 321; 12. Derby
322; 13. Manhattan 344; 14. Topeka Seaman 375; 15. Raymore-Peculiar MO
396; 16. Wichita North 397; 17. Reed Springs MO 405; 18. Lincoln
Southwest MO 408; 19. Olathe North 451; 20. Topeka Shawnee Heights 471;
21. Wichita Kaupan Mt. Carmel 494; 22. Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege 497;
23. Topeka West 514; 24. Ponca City OK 550; 25. Blue Valley 630; 26.
Junction City 632

Crimson Division Girls
Liberal's girls won with 112 points over Omaha Burke NE 134, with
Blue Valley North edging defending 5A Kansas champ Great Bend for third
(161-166).
Blue Valley North's Laura Kelley moved late to surprise the lead
pack, winning 15;40 , just edging Ponca City's Chelsea Baldwin (15:41)
in an exciting tactical race. Rachel Hansen (Omaha Burke 15:43) was a
close third, followed by 5A champ Trisa Nickoley (Topeka Shawnee Heights
15:59) and Jennifer Fritz (Lincoln Southwest NE 16:01).

Team Scores:
1. Liberal 112; 2. Omaha Burke NE 134; 3. Blue Valley North 161; 4.
Great Bend 166; 5. Tulsa Bishop Kelley OK 231; 6. Topeka Shawnee Heights
255; 7. Goddard 261; 8. Raytown South MO 264; 9. Dodge City 271; 10.
Lincoln Southwest NE 286; 11. Manhattan 297; 12. Emporia 338; 13.
Wichita West 339; 14. Olathe East 344; 15. Ponca City OK 353; 16.
Wichita East 412; 17. Topeka High 413; 18. Topeka Seaman 430; 19. Derby
442; 20. Branson MO 463; 21. Valley Center 494; 22. Northern Heights
513; 23. Leavenworth 524; 24. Kearney MO 542; 25. Topeka Est 601; 26.
Blue Valley 657

Blue Division Boys
Mill Valley's Jay Matlack moved away over the mid-race hills to
easily win the Blue Division. Matlack (17:11), was well up on Mission
Valley's Ryan Ryan Patrick (17;29) and Hillsboro's Aaron Yoder (17:38).
Tonganoxie, led by Kyle Norris in fourth (17:39), ran to the team
title with 65 points over Omaha Skutt Catholic NE (98) and Shawnee Mill
Valley (102).

Team Scores:
1. Tonganoxie 65; 2. Omaha Skutt Catholic NE 98; 3. Shawnee Mill Valley
102; 4. Logan-Rogersville MO 112; 5. Hillsboro 162; 6. Jefferson County
West 171; 7. Clinton MO 176; 7. Goddard 214; 8. Mission Valley 219; 9.
Richmond MO 249; 10. Girard 249; 11. Independence Ft. Osage MO 265; 12.
DeSoto 308; 13. Maryville MO 345

Blue Division Girls
Anna Yost (Girard 16;35) ran away from Andrea Young (DeSoto 16:42)
to claim the first varsity race of the day. Jordan LaCore (Topeka
Hayden) claimed third in 16:52.
Omaha Skutt Catholic scored 50 to shade Topeka Hayden (71) and
DeSoto (78) for the team title.

Team Scores:
1. Omaha Skutt Catholic NE 50; 2. Topeka Hayden 71; 3. DeSoto 78; 4.
Logan-Rogersville MO 85; 5. Tonganoxie 112; 6. Mission Valley 183; 7.
Shawnee Mill Valley 141

Turner Invitational 9/18/02 @ Pierson Park, Kansas City
Blue Valley West's Paul Hefferon continued to make a case as one of
the top runner's in eastern Kansas, blazing to a 16:52 victory over the
ultra-hilly 5k course at Pierson Park. Widely regarded as perhaps the
toughest course in Kansas, Pierson Park features "Goat Trail", a
steep100 yard climb that runners often go to hands and knees to get up.
Herreron scored a 50 second margin over runner-up Lance Williams (Olathe
North 17:42). Williams led his Olathe North sqaud to a 48 to 83 victory
over Kansas City (MO) Northeast in the 14 team field.
Ottawa's Lisa Morrisey (third in last year's 4A state meet) ran to
a 13:34 two mile win, with Dina Takata (KC Northeast) edging Claire
Markway (Olathe East) 14:06-14:08 for third. Olathe North completed a
team sweep, edging an Olathe East split sqaud 86-87 for the team title.
East rested most of it's varsity in preparation for this weekend's KU
Invitational. Ottawa (92), Blue Valley West (100) and Kansas City
Turner (101) followed in a close title race.

Bluestem Invitational @ Leon KS
Mallory Champa, the odds-on 4A state favorite from Clearwater, led
her squad to a 69 to 84 victory over Halstead, with Peabody third at 96
in the 9 team field. Champa rolled to a 12:37 victory, well up on
runner-up Ashley Elliott of Peabody (13:21).
Daniel Simon (Andale-16:37) and David Cox (Anderson County 16:45)
dueled for the boys title, well ahead of the pack with third place over
a minute behind. Clearewatter (59) edged Anderson County (63) for the
title with Hesston third (85).

McLouth Inivtational @ McLouth
Kansas City Christian (top-ranked in 1A-3A), rolled to the boys
title with 26 points. McCouth (75) and Jeff County North (97) were well
back, taking 2nd and 3rd. Phillip Brandon and Daniel Ford ran 1-2 for
KCC at 16;38 and 16:48.
Royal Valley edged rival McLouth 62-70 for the girls title, with
Jeff County West a close third (73). Ashley Champman led Royal Valley
in first (12:13), well up on McLouth's Trish Edmunds (12:35) in second
in a meeting of top NE KS mid-sized school runners.

Northern Heights Invitational @ Allen, KS
Olpe's girls rolled, scoring 17 points to dominate the field.
Michelle Stueve won by almost 90 seconds, running 11:36 for 2 miles to
lead the Olpe parade.
Lebo (58) edged Council Grove (67) for the boys win with Northern
Heights (69) also in the hunt. Meahl (no first name reported) of
Northern Heights won handily in 17;08 for 5k.

Fort Scott Invitational @ Ft. Scott (preliminary report)
Michelle Iori led a 1-2-3-4 finish for Pittsburg, as the Purple
Dragons dominated the girls portion of the Ft. Scott Invitational. Iori
won in 13:13 for 2 miles. No team scores were reported.
Nevada (MO) took the boys title with Frontenac second.

Buhler Invitational @ Buhler
Amy Petter of host Buhler debuted with 12:28 win over 2 miles,
leading her team to a 34 to 54 win over Hays. Hutchinson Trinity was
third with 78.
Petty used a late race surge to gap runner-up Christina Green (Trinity
12:31)
Scott Rome led his Hays High team to the title, blitzing the 5k
course in 16:16. Rome used a kick in the last 50 to retake the lead
from McPherson's Ross Wilder in a close finish. Hays won with 52 points
over McPherson's 67, with Salina South third at 72.

Tuesday September 18

Wichita County Inivitational @ Leoti
Holcomb dominated the boys race, scoring 18 points to defeat
runnerup Scott City (74). Ottaway (no first name reported) of Holcomb
won at 18:03 for 5k. Scott City's girls defeated Syracuse 34-46, with
Tribune's Dittmer (no first name reported) winning by over 50 seconds at
13:06 for 2 miles.

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