It was a chance for some of the younger runners for the Newton High School cross country team to step up Thursday at the McPherson Invitational Thursday at the Rolling Acres Golf Course.


It was a chance for some of the younger runners for the Newton High School cross country team to step up Thursday at the McPherson Invitational Thursday at the Rolling Acres Golf Course.

With Newton’s top runners competing today at the Rim Rock Classic in rural Lawrence, Newton sent its less experienced runners to McPherson. The Railer boys finished sixth out of seven teams. The Railer girls had just two runners in the varsity race. The Railer JV boys were second and the Railer JV girls were third.

“We didn’t have all our runners today so it was a chance for some of our younger runners to step up and compete at the varsity level,” New. coach Richard Mick said. “This isn’t necessarily a PR course with the hills, but I was proud of the way our kids prepared themselves for their races and ran tough. The experience gained should benefit us as we get ready for some bigger meets.”

The Railer boys were led by Thomas Kelso, who finished 21st in 19:31.43, followed by Kendall Gaeddert in 27th in 19:40.34.

The Railer girls were led by Alyson Kent, who finished in 21st in 18:34.80.

Newton hosts the Newton Invitational Oct. 1 at Centennial Park.