2002 Cross Country Week
September 7

by Anthony Bozarth

Anderson County | Aquinas | Blue Valley NW | Manhattan | Wichita Carroll |

Thursday 9/5/02

Blue Valley Northwest Invitational @ Blue Valley Nature Trails, Stanley
A rugged course, temperatures in the 100's and high humidity
appeared to slow times at the BVNW invitational as a number of Johnson
County powers met at BV Nature park.
SM South's Connie Abbott dueled with Elle Pishney (Blue Valley West)
, pulling away mid-race for an 11:55 to 12:02 win. Abbott and Pishney
both ran sub 11:00 3200's last spring on the track, a testament to
today's conditions.
Blue Valley West, ranked #2 in 5A, packed four runners in the top
ten to win with 34 points. A tight pack fought for second with Blue
Valley North (69) triumphing over Blue Valley Northwest (78), Olathe
East (82) and SM South (88).
Paul Hefferon (Blue Valley West 10:14 ) outdueled Blue Valley
North's Grady Sullivan (10:24) in a battle of two of the state's top
distance runners. Both ran 9:20 3200's on the track last spring. SM
South's Adam Batliner was third at 10:33.
Blue Valley West had four of the top ten scorers to win with 41
points, with SM South (65) outrunning Olathe East (75) for second

Anderson County Invitational @ Garnett
High temperatures couldn't hold down Baldwin, who swept to victory
in both the girls and boys varsity divisions. The girls scored 17
points to rout the field with Pomona second at 61. Erica Ogle led the
Baldwin girls, finishing first over two miles in 12:23, while up on
Jayhawk-Linn's Shayla Long (12:56).
With the graduation of three time state champ Matt Noonan, Baldwin's
boys were still able to pack together to score a 31 to 80 win over
Independence with Iola a close third (81). David Cox on Anderson County
scored a win on his home course with a 17;05, over Independence's Grant
Shaffer (17:30)

Saturday, 9/7/02

Aquinas Invitational @ JCCC, Overland Park
Lawrence High's boys verified their #1 ranking in 6A with a victory
at the Aquinas Invitational on a hot, humid day. Lawrence (56),
outscored SM East (70), with seven time defending state champion SM
Northwest third (77). State powers Lawrence Free State (90) and Aquinas
(93) followed in the 18 team field.
Dylan McClain led Lawrence, finishing first at 16:15 for the rolling
5k. McClain was followed by team mate Andy Struble in second (16:27).
Shawnee Mission Northwest's girls, also defending state champions,
made clear their intentions to remain at the top of Kansas cross
country, routing the field with a 38-61 win over second place Aquinas.
Lawrence Free State 99, Lawrence High (113), and SM East 133 followed.

Free State freshman Alysha Valencia scored an easy win in her first
meet, romping to an 11:43 2 mile.

Manhattan Invitational @ Manhattan
Emporia's boys romped at the season opening Manhattan Invitational.
Mike Knickerbocker led Emporia with a first place finish in 10:17 over
a hot and hilly 2 mile course. Emporia scored 44 points, ahead of
second place Manhattan (98) and Topeka High (113) in the ten team
Two time defending 5A state champ Tresa Nicolay (Topeka Shawnee
Heights) continued her winning ways, edging Madeline Harms (Topeka
Washburn Rural) 12:33 to 12:35. Harm's Washburn Rural team shaded a
young Manhattan squad for the win 48 to 58, with Shawnee Heights third
at 73.

Wichita Carroll Inivtational @ Lake Afton, Wichita
Defending 6A state champion Ryan Wilson (Wichita Heights) began
2002 right where he left off in 2001, winning the Wichita Carroll
Invitational in a time of 16:42, with 5A contender Lance Reichenberger
of Carroll second at 16:49. Reichenbergers's Carroll team dominated the
field with 31 points, well up on Maize (62) and Wichita South (98) in
the ten team field.
State 1600 champ Liz Kramer (Maize) made her cross country debut,
winning in 12:47 over Ryan Ayres (12:57), but Ayres Wichita
Kapaun-Mt.Carmel team edged Maize 54-55 for the team title. Goddard was
third with 63 points.


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