2002 Cross Country Week
September 28

by Anthony Bozarth

McPherson | Royal Valley | Southeast Saline |
Topeka Seaman | Goddard |


Topeka Seaman Invitational @ Shawnee North Activity Center
Topeka Seaman invited it's usual load of state-ranked teams in one
of the state's highest quality invitationals.
Lawrence High ruled the day, winning both varsity team titles. The
boys, ranked #1 in the state, handily won the trophy with 49 points and
four runners in the top fifteen. Cross-town rival Free State (#5 6A)
surprised Emporia (#2 6A) for second 84 to 87, with Leavenworth (#7 6A)
shading Olathe East (#8 6A) for fourth 110 to 117. Showing the depth of
the field, host Seaman, ranked #6 in 5A, was seventh.
Lawrence's Dylan McClain ran away from a tight pack over the hilly
final mile to win in 16:07. A tight and fast chase pack saw Free
State's Hiral Bhatka just edge Lawrence's Andy Struble and Emporia's
Mike Nickerbocker. All ran 16:26 to finish 2-3-4, respectively. Tight
pack racing was the rule throughout the field.
Lawrence (#4 6A) edged Free State (#3 6A) for the girls title 63-74.
Topeka Seaman showed itself to be a 5A state power, finishing third
with 84 points, just ahead of Centennial League rival Topeka Washburn
Rural (87), with Olathe East fifth 103.
Free State's Alysha Valencia took the lead from the gun, and ran to
an 11:46 2 mile victory. Wichita West's Melissa Ortiz (who finished
third in last year's 6A state meet) was second at 12:03, just ahead of
Washburn Rural's Madeline Harms (12:06). Meg Gentry led Lawrence with a
fourth place 12:20, and Olathe East's Ashli Kelso was fifth at 12:31

BOYS Team scores

Lawrence 49, Free State 84, Emporia 87, Leavenworth 110, Olathe East 117, Topeka High 146, Seaman 165, Mission
Valley 193, Washburn Rural 251.

Individual results

1. McClain, Law., 16:07; 2. Bhatka, FS, 16:26; 3. Struble, Law., 16:26; 4. Knickerbocker, Emp., 16:26; 5. Vickers, TH, 16:34; 6. Ludwig, FS, 16:34; 7. Henry, Lea., 17:05; 8. Gosser, MV, 17:05; 9. Zehr, Law., 17:08; 10. Patrick, MV, 17:14; 11. Weilbacher, Lea., 17:21; 12. Swartz, OE, 17:23; 13. Henshaw, FS, 17:23; 14. Thomas, WW, 17:24; 15. Swartz, Law., 17:24.

GIRLS Team scores

Lawrence 63, Free State 74, Seaman 84, Washburn Rural 87,
Olathe East 103, Leavenworth 191, Emporia 193, Topeka
High 194, Mission Valley 236.

Individual results

1. Valencia, FS, 11:46; 2. Ortiz, WW, 12:03; 3. Harms, WR, 12:06; 4. Gentry, Law., 12:20; 5. Kelso, OE, 12:31; 6. Klotz, Lea., 12:34; 7. Markway, OE, 12:34; 8. Johnson, Law., 12:40; 9. Johnson, Sea., 12:45; 10. Rule, Sea., 12:45; 11. Rea, Sea., 12:45; 12. Sosa, Emp., 12:45; 13. Christopher, WR, 12:47; 14. Davis, Law., 12:48; 15. Richardson, FS, 12:48.

Goddard Invitational
Liberal (ranked #1 in 5A) won the girls title handily, placing four
runners in the top seven to score 33 points over runner-up Goddard's 56.
Goddard's won in 12:58 over Andover Central's Sam Cheathum (13:07)
In a big 5A boys match-up of state contenders, Wichita Carroll just
edged Liberal 31-37. Lance Reichenberger led Carroll, winning in 16:19
over 5k, with Liberal's Brent Grove (16:36) and Jeff Fuller (16:50)

Royal Valley Invitational @ Hoyt

Wamego edged Riley County 69-71 for the boys title, with Topeka
Shawnee Heights third with 87. Sabetha (97) and Northern Heights (101)
were fourth and fifth in a match-up of some of Northeast Kansas'
toughest mid-size schools. Northern Height's Garrett Frank won in 17;09
over a challenging 5k.
Wamego and Topeka Shawnee Heights battled to a 66-66 tie, with
Wamego winning the tie-breaker. Sabetha was third with 74, and Topeka
Hayden fourth at 94. Defending 5A champ Trisa Nickoley ran a 12:03 2
mile to pull away from 3A Royal Valley's Ashley Champman (12:15) in a
duel of state contenders.

McPherson Invitational @ McPherson

Another big match-up of Maize's Liz Kramer and Hutchinson's Bonds
sisters saw Kramer run away to a big win. Kramer, the defending 6A 1600
champ, took the lead at the start and ran away to a 12:20 2 mile win
over the rolling course. According the Hutchinson News, Kramer's
strategy was based on getting away from the Bonds' kicks.
Freshman Lauren Bonds (12:33) edged older sister Morgan (12:37) for
second. Kendra Chambers, a state medalists for defending 5A champ Great
Bend was fourth at 12:55, leading Great Bend to the team title. Great
Bend scored 52 to with Buhler (72) and Maize third (84).
Hutchinson's Tyler Roark pulled away over the hilly second mile to
win the boys race in 16:30 (5k). Ross Wildin (Buhler 16:57) and Tanner
Marshall (Great Bend 17:01) were second and third. Hutchinson won the
boys title with 73 points, over McPherson (87) and Great Bend (90)

Southeast of Saline Invitational @ SESHS, Gypsum

Despite a strong and warm south wind, Clay Center's Gus Newmeyer
ignored the option of drafting and ran away with the girls division of
the Southeast of Saline Invitational. Newmeyer ran off from the start
to win the two mile race in 12:42, well ahead of runner-up Leah Cox
(Halstead 13:11). Newmeyer led her Clay Center team mates to the team
title with 57 points, as Lindsey Pfzenmaier contributed with a fifth
place finish (13:32). Halstead (69) and Ellsworth (121) were second and
third in the 16 team field.
Hillsboro's Daniel Yoder pulled away with 1200 to go win the boys 5k
race in 17:46, ahead of Halstead's Nyitrai (no first name reported) in
17:51. Halstead took the boys title with 89 points, with Hesston (102)
edging rival Hillsboro (108) for third. Sixteen full teams competed.


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