WICHITA — Berean Academy qualified both its boys’ and girls’ cross country teams for state after top-four finishes at the Class 1A regionals Saturday at the Cessna Activities Center in Wichita.
The Berean girls won the team title with 19 points, followed by South Central with 35, Pretty Prairie with 57 and Caldwell with 79.
St. John-Hudson won the boys’ title with 25 points, followed by Berean Academy with 53, Hutchinson Central Christian with 76 and Caldwell with 95.
Kirstin Hackney of South Central won the girls’ race in 20:19.97.
Berean was led by Erin Topham in second in 20:50.20 and Brooke Wiebe in third in 21:17.68. Mallory Wiebe also claimed a medal, taking seventh in 22;11.30.
Sonya Zimmerman was three spots out of a medal in 13th in 23:40.21, followed by Ashtyn Matzek in 17th in 23:56.04, Miranda Wiebe in 30th in 25:30.76 and Mia Krebs in 39th in 26:22.60.
Freshman Eli Nord won a medal for the Berean boys, taking 10th in 18:35.24. Gavin Tucker finished two spots out of a medal in 12th in 18:38.32. Andrew Janzen was 21st in 19:17.97. Trey Topham was 26th in 19:35.86. Benjamin Hall was 47th in 20:48.91.
For the Burrton boys, Tokiwa Armstrong was 15th in 18:48.82, followed by Lucas Leis in 25th in 19:35.51 and Jonathan Canada in 41st in 20:35.36. Burrton was one runner shy of recording a team score.
For the Burrton girls, Alexis Lane was 41st in 26:28.87.
The Class 1A state meet is Saturday at the Wamego Country Club. The Class 1A girls’ race is 10:35 a.m., followed by the boys at 12:20 p.m.
at Belleville CC
BELLEVILLE — The Goessel High School boys qualified for the Class 2A state meet after a second-place finish Saturday in the regionals at the Belleville Country Club.
Ellsworth won the meet with 72 points. Goessel was second at 97 and Hutchinson Trinity was third at 128. Sedgwick was 10th with 174 points.
Luis Mendez of Salina Sacred Heart won the race in 17:10.02, followed by Thaddeus Friess of Hoxie in 17:26.91 and Sedgwick’s Garrison Harris in third in 17:40.42. Harris qualified as an individual for the Cardinals.
Goessel was led by Adrian Kastner in ninth in 18:05.80. Dawson Duerksen missed a medal by three spots, taking 13th in 18:30.75. Brendon Hicks was 24th in 19:13.07, followed by Jacob Schrag in 31st in 19:22.43, Jerah Schmidt in 36th in 19:46.46, Chicco Bertozzi in 37th in 19:46.89 and Timothy Schrag in 38th in 19:47.53.
“The Goessel boys’ cross country team is heading to state the first time since 2015 after placing second in the regional meet held at Belleville Country Club,” Goessel coach Brian Lightner said. “… The boys team was not as smooth as we would have like but they all run very gutsy, tough races. Adrian went out way too fast, Dawson and Jerah were not feeling great today but some of the struggles were picked up by Brendon, Jacob, Timothy and Chicco. This is a great 'team' as we do not have a dominant lead runner so it was important that when someone is struggling, other kids step up. With about 800 meters to go, Chicco and Timothy were behind a small pack of team scoring runners and they were able to surpass the whole group by the end of the race. Coach's highlight of the meet was seeing the kids work so hard to try to achieve their goals! And I will always remember how Adrian took off at the beginning of the race.”
Also running for Sedgwick were Gavin Pore in 41st in 19:52.84, Joseph Agee in 47th in 20:19.36, Colby Croxton in 50th in 20:28.54, Jasper Cochran in 52nd in 20:35.11 and Roger Inlow in 77th in 25:31.43.
Defending Class 2A champion Bennington won the girls’ title with 29 points, followed by Salina Sacred Heart with 80 and Hutchinson Trinity with 85. Goessel was fourth in 92, seven points out of a state berth.
Peyton Piepho of Bennington won the girls’ race in 20:09.41, followed by teammate Ashlyn Harbaugh in second in 20:20.34 and Emily Diercks of Hoxie in third in 20:34.10.
Goessel’s Elsie Clark claimed the sixth-place medal in 21:40.05 to qualify for state as an individual. Elyse Boden was 18th in 23:21.76, Cassandra Rust was 34th in 24:37.06, Porclein Unruh was 35th in 24:44.89, Edel Miller was 43rd in 26:00.62, Katelyn Olson was 46th in 26:22.25 and Alyssa Boden was 59th in 30;45.87.
“The girls placed fourth with 92 points, just seven points out of third place, 12 points from second and also two points ahead of fifth place. Although they did not qualify as a team, Elsie (Clark) qualified as an individual runner by placing in the top 10.
The girls started the morning off with very strong performances by all the girls,” Lightner said. “We knew they would have to run season bests in order to have a chance to qualify and nearly all of them did. This concludes the team part of the season for the girls as we focus now on preparing Elsie for her first state experience.”
Sedgwick was led by Emma Rogers in 13th in 22:21.25, three spots out of a medal and one spot out of the final individual qualifier.
Camryn McGinn was 32nd in 24:23.06.
at Redmond Reservoir
JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR — The Remington High School girls’ cross country team finished third at the Class 2A regional Saturday to qualify for state, while the Bronco boys were fourth, one spot out of a state berth.
Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan won the girls’ title with 42 points, followed by Jayhawk Linn at 53 and Remington at 65.
Central Heights won the boys’ title with 35 points, followed by St. Mary’s-Colgan at 112 and Humboldt at 114. Remington was five points shy at 119.
The Remington girls claimed three medals, led by freshman Lucy Brown, who won in 20:23.13. Audrey Van Zelfden was fifth in 21:11.12 and freshman Ellie Van Zelfden was eighth in 22:07.52.
Freshmen Anaya Reager was 45th in 30:10.46 and Alissa Eck was 47th in 35:17.24.
Hadley Splechter of Yates Center won the boys’ race in 16:22.88.
Remington claimed two medalists, who both qualify for state at individuals — Asher Brown in fourth in 17:59.06 and Crag Fee in 10th in 18:18.61.
Also running for Remington were Noah Cook in 32nd in 20:45.33, Griffin Cook in 46th in 22:11.45, Brayden Marciano in 49th in 22:31.26, Joshua Day in 54th in 23:52.93 and Cesar Ramirez in 59th in 24:21.71.
The Class 2A state meet is Saturday at the Wamego Country Club. The boys run at 10 a.m. and the girls run at 11:45 a.m.