The Newton High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each finished third Thursday at the McPherson Invitational at the Rolling Acres Golf Club.

Buhler won the girls’ team title, followed by McPherson and Newton. El Dorado won the boys’ title, followed by McPherson and Newton.


The Newton High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each finished third Thursday at the McPherson Invitational at the Rolling Acres Golf Club.

Buhler won the girls’ team title, followed by McPherson and Newton. El Dorado won the boys’ title, followed by McPherson and Newton.

Girls’ medals went to Shannon Ahlstedt in fifth in 16:18, followed by Erin Loeffler in eighth in 16:30 and Mallorie Coffman in 10th in 16:34.

Medals for the boys went to Austin Lettau in fifth in 18:26, Konrad Quiring in ninth in 18:57 and Joel Gouvion in 13th in 19:08.

Junior varsity medals went to Abby Schrag for the girls, taking seventh; and Jacob Beebe for the boys, finishing 10th.

“We had a good meet overall,” Newton coach Richard Mick said. “We had eight kids earn medals and both varsity teams finished third. This is typically not a fast course because of the hills, but we are pleased with most of the times. Eleven of the runners who ran on this same course last year improved their times, and in most cases by quite a bit. Shannon moved up during the race and was challenging for the lead late. She slipped a couple spots at the end but, other than that, had a great race. Erin and Mallorie both ran gutsy races and earned varsity medals. For the boys, we got out in good position and for the most part ran strong throughout. The main thing for both teams is to continue to get better and to try to add some quality depth, especially in runners four through seven. We have a little extra time before our home meet next Saturday, and that will be helpful.”

Newton hosts the Newton Invitational at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at Centennial Park.

McPherson Invitational

Thursday

GIRLS

Team scores — Buhler 34, McPherson 54, Newton 57, El Dorado 79.

Newton results — 5. Shannon Ahlstedt 16:18, 8. Erin Loeffler 16:30, 10. Mallorie Coffman 16:34, 18. Emily Metzler 17:20, 22. Amy Kondziola 17:33, 23. Jessica Davis 17:37.

Newton JV — 7. Abby Shrag 18:21, 15. Alexis Porter 19:25, 17. Elisa Hertzler 19:28, 24. Erin Regier 20:28.

BOYS

Team scores — El Dorado 49, McPherson 53, Newton 69, Hutchinson 71, Salina South 128, Maize 132.

Newton boys — 5. Austin Lettau 18:26, 9. Konrad Quiring 18:57, 13. Joel Gouvion 19:08, 16. Alex Navarro 19:26, 30. Rene Madrigal 20:21, 32. Dylan Koerner 20:50.

Newton JV — 10. Jacob Beebe 21:20, 17. Joe Kondziola 22:00, 20. Zach Stanley 22:20, 35. Jared Ratzlaff 24:02.