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by Anthony Bozarth

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Saturday meet 9/27/03

Topeka Seaman Invitational
Traditionally one of the state's highest quality invitationals, the
Topeka Seaman Invitational lived up to it's billing.
A great battle of two of the state's top runners highlighted girls
competition, as the strength of Alysha Valencia (Lawrence Free State)
was set against the speed of Trisa Nickoley (Shawnee Heights and
three-time defending 5A champion). The individual race went according
to form, with Valencia breaking on top early and hammering the pace,
with Nickoley staying close. Over the wooded trails and hills of the
second mile, Valencia shook loose, winning in 11:46. Nickoley was
second in 11:53.
Team-wise, a series of great homestretch duels decided the race.
Washburn Rural (#4 6A) packed five runners in the top twenty-four to win
with 69 points. Rural was led by the fifth place finish of Maddie Harms
(12:28). Olathe East (#6 6A) edged Emporia 80-81 for the runner-up
spot, with Ashli Kelso (6th 12:29) leading East. Lawrence (#5 6A)
scored 98 for fourth, and Lawrence Free State (# 7 6A) was fifth with
In the boy's race, Emporia (#2 6A) looked very strong, powering to
a 34 point total. The Spartans got a 1-2 finish from Nick Garcia and
Michael Knickerbocker (both 16:43), with Seaman's Grant Cain, a
first-year runner, third at 16:45.
Lawrence Free State (#5 6A) was second with 74 points, edging
Topeka Seaman (#6 5A) who scored 75. Olathe East (#9 6A) scored 113 for
fourth, with Lawrence (#7 6A) fifth with 132.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Topeka Washburn Rural 69, Olathe East 80, Emporia
81, Lawrence 98, Lawrence Free State 132, Leavenworth 153, Topeka High
167, Topeka Seaman 177, Mission Valley 268

BOYS TEAM SCORES: Emporia 34, Lawrence Free State 74, Topeka Seaman
75, Olathe East 113, Lawrence 132, Leavenworth 160, Topeka High 180,
Topeka Shawnee Heights 222, Mission Valley 228.

KC Metro Championships @ Smithville Lake MO
Blue Valley West's Paul Hefferon ran 15:53 over 5k to defeat
Independence Truman's Jared Kreissler (16:18) and avenge his only defeat
of the season. Kreissler had edged Hefferon at BV North in the second
week. Chris Pullen (St. Joseph Central MO) was was third at 16;20, with
Patrick Tweedy (Kansas City MO Rockhurst) fourth at 16:22.
Blue Springs MO placed five runners in the top twenty-five scorers
to win with 72 points. Lee's Summit MO was second at 114, edging
Rockhurst's 119. Top Kansas schools were SM East (#3 6A), seventh with
247 points and Blue Valley West (#7 6A), eighth with 261 points.
Jana Gwinn (Blue Valley North) continued to hammer top-ranked
competition, roaring to a 18:28 5k clocking. Stephanie Lavin (Blue
Springs MO) was second at 19:16, with Taryn May (Blue Valley Northwest)
third at 19:33.
Lee's Summit MO romped to the girls title with 57 points, with Blue
Springs MO edging Aquinas for second, 98 to 109. Defending KS 6A state
champ Blue Valley North was missing a top runner and placed fifth at

Royal Valley Invitational @ Hoyt
Wamego's boys, ranked #3 in 4A, romped to an easy win at Royal
Valley. scoring 39 to Topeka Hayden's 70 (#10 4A). Northern Heights (#6
3A) edged Sabetha (#8 3A) for third 80 to 81. Brock Glenn of Riley
County ran to a solid 16:57 5k win, with Marc Summers (Sabetha) second
at 17:15 and Cody Hunt (Wamego) third at 17:21.
Sabetha's girls (#1 3A) came off their big KU Blue division win,
and ran through the field to a 31 point total. Wamego (#6 4A) scored 66
for second with Topeka Hayden (74) third.
Sabetha's Hope Winkler ran 12:56 for two miles to win, with Jeannie
LaCore (Topeka Hayden) second at 13;04 and Allison Morton (Wamego) third
at 13:11.

Oxford Invitational
Clearwater's girls (ranked #2 4A) packed five runners into the top
eight and easily won the Oxford Invitational with 24 points. Aneisa
Slack of host Oxford ran 12:44 to win, with Clearwater's Annie Van Allen
(12:59) and Mallory Champa (13:05) second and third.
Clearwater's boys (#6 4A) also dominated the boys race with 23
points. Jay Lindall led Clearwater with a 16:55 win.

Late Results from Last Week

Clay Center Invitational
Gus Newmeyer (12:18) and Amy Pierson (12:23) ran to a 1-2 finish
on the hilly Clay Center course, and led the host LadyTigers (ranked #5
4A) to a narrow 85-87 over Wamego (#6 4A). Concordia was third with 109
points and Ellsworth (#2 3A) fourth with 133.
Wamego (#3 4A) ran to a narrow 61-69 win over Ellsworth (#3 3A) in
the boys race, with Abilene third with 118. Evan Cox (Minneapolis)
covered the 5k course in 17:06 to win, with Brendon Ptacek (Ellsworth)
second in 17:20, and Cody Hunt (Wamego) third in 17:30

Team Scores: Girls: Clay Center 85, Wamego 87, Concordia 109,
Ellsworth 133, Salina Sacred Heart 138, Lindsborg Smokey Vally 158,
Southeast of Saline 160, Riley County 171, Wakefield 208, Chapman 225,
Abilene 228, Bennington 280, Southern Cloud 384

Boys: Wamego 61, Ellsworth 69, Abilene 118, Salina Sacred Heart 129,
Clay Center 144, Concordia 154, Southeast of Saline 203, Smoky Valley
208, Chapman 227, Bennington 256, Riley County 262, Southern Cloud 284,
Minneapolis 334

Smith Center Invitational
Beloit (#4 3A) romped to the girls title with 45 points. Osborne
(#5 2A) was second with 88, edging Smith Center (90) and Lakeside, a new
high school combing Downs and Cawker City (97). Vanessa Peterson (Smith
Center) ran 13:15 over a rugged course to win, with Vanessa Eck (Beloit)
second in 13:21.
Belleville scored 37 to win the boys race with Mankato second with
49. Clark McDonald led Belleville with an 18:03 win.

Wakeeney Invitational
Cole Ginther (Hays TMP-Marian) rolled to a 17:25 victory over
Lakin's Isaac Cardenas (17:40). Lakin scored 45 for the win, with Hill
City scoring 83 for second and Brewster third (103).
In a meeting of some of western Kansas' top girls, Erin Locke
(Wakeeney) ran to a 12:30 victory, with Molly Kuhlman of Ness City (one
of the state's top sprinters) showing good range with a 12:50 second.
Megan McClain, another top sprinter, led Lakin in third with a 13:35.
Lakin (#5 3A) scored 25 points to win the girls team race.

Turner Invitational @ Pierson Park, Kansas City
Pierson Park, with it's hills and infamous "Goat Trail", has long
been recogninzed as perhaps the toughest course in Kansas. In the girls
race, all-staters Lisa Morrissey (Ottawa 13:17) and Alysha Galbraith
(Olathe South 13:33) were the only two girls able to run under 14:00.
Galbraith led Olathe South to a 39 point total, edging Ottawa's 39
Ottawa's Dustyn Tolland ran 17:38 to win the boys title, with David
Goeglin (Kansas City MO Lutheran) 17:51, and Mike Partridge (Olathe
South 17:56) the only boys able to break 18:00. Olathe South scored 56
to win the boys title, with Ottawa second at 57. Olathe North was third
with 76 points.

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