The Hillsboro and Marion high school boys’ cross country team each qualified for the state meet with top-three finishes Saturday in the Class 3A regional meet at the Cessna Activity Center in Wichita.


The Hillsboro and Marion high school boys’ cross country team each qualified for the state meet with top-three finishes Saturday in the Class 3A regional meet at the Cessna Activity Center in Wichita.

Wichita Independent won the team title with 36 points, followed by Hillsboro at 80-45 and Marion at 80-51. Hutchinson Trinity was fourth at 106, followed by Halstead in fifth at 184, Remington in seventh at 156. Sedgwick did not score.

For Hillsboro, Joel Allen won the race at 16:55. Bret Mueller was eighth at 18:11 and Justin King was ninth at 18:15. Also running for the Trojans were Josh Richert in 34th at 20:00, Avery Franz in 38th at 20:10, Clay Etheridge in 51st at 20:45 and Daniel Gray in 57th at 21:06.

The Marion boys claimed a medal when Jordan Hett finished fifth in 17:37. Patrick McCarty was 13th in 18:40, followed by Jacob Cope in 16th in 19:00, Michael Kirkpatrick in 17th in 19:01, Timothy Knolla in 36th in 20:06, Clark Kroupa in 57th in 21:06 and Derek Stuchlik in 62nd in 21:12.

For the Halstead boys, Alex Wells missed a state spot by one place, finishing 19th in 19:03. He was one second off the fifth and final individual qualifying spot. Ignacio Solis was 26th in 19:27, followed by Cody Reinert in 29th in 19:48, Custer Friesen in 32nd in 19:53, Matthew Rodenberg in 42nd in 20:18, Nate Murano in 54th in 20:52 and Caleb Bradfield in 56th in 21:01.

“The Halstead boy’s team finished the meet in a very respectable fifth place,” Halstead coach Curtis Vermillion said. “The guys put forth a good effort, but came up a bit short. It was also disappointing for Alex Wells, as he missed qualifying for state by one place, only one second behind the last qualifier. The guys as a whole got out to a slow start and really got boxed in, within the first 20 meters of the race. I was pleased with the maturity these guys ran with, and was pleased with the progress they made throughout the season. They came to practice every day and worked for improvement.”

For the Remington boys, Trent Bartlett finished 23rd in 19:15, followed by Noah Carey in 27th in 19:35, Eli Igo in 28th in 19:39, Josiah Carey in 44th in 20:25, Josh Boehm in 52nd in 20:46, Riley King in 71st in 22:21 and Brad Johnson in 72nd in 22:22.

For the Sedgwick boys, Brent Kuchard was 49th in 20:43, followed by Christian Ferguson in 75th in 22:39, Karson McGinn in 76th in 22:43 and Chase Booth in 80th in 24:24. Sedgwick needed one more runner to score in the team standings.

In the girls’ team standings, Belle Plaine won with 49 points, followed by Southeast of Saline at 52, Douglass at 57, Wichita Collegiate at 95 and Remington at 96.

The top area finisher was Halstead sophomore Hannah Robinson, who finished seventh in 17:17 to claim a medal and advance to state. Marion’s Elizabeth Goentzel finished 13th in 17:46, claiming the final individual state berth of the meet.

Other Halstead runners were Meg Talbott in 21st in 18:13 and Macy Younger in 51st in 22:13.

“(Robinson’s) time also improved a school record on the course for a sophomore girl,” Vermillion said. “The old course record for a sophomore girl was held by Emily Gundy (18:27), set back 2006. I thought all three girls ran well, and gave a good effort. I appreciated the efforts of all the girls this year, and hope to see them all our again next season.”

Also running for Marion was Sarah Eurit in 47th in 20:15.

For Remington, Samantha Claassen was 17th in 18:00, followed by Victoria Martling in 23rd in 18:16, Leslie Langley in 24th in 18:21, Ellen Mosiman in 31st in 18:51, Stacia Thunberg in 34th in 19:03, Kathryn Fee in 35th in 19:08 and Katrina Carey in 45th in 19:56.

For Sedgwick, Jadyn Burkholder was 27th in 18:33, Kelsey Agee was 36th in 19:21, Miranda Ferris was 40th in 19:42 and Jessica Swenson was 46th in 20:04.

For Hillsboro, Samantha Ens was 37th in 19:26 and Erin Wiebe was 41st in 19:44.

The state meet is Saturday at the Wamego Country Club.