WAMEGO — The Goessel High School boys’ cross country team finished seventh Saturday in the Class 2A state championships at the Wamego Country Club.
Central Heights won at 58 points. Stanton County was second at 86 and Northern Heights was third at 136. Goessel scored 147 points.
“Congrats to the entire team for their representation of Goessel at the state meet,” Goessel coach Brian Lightner said. “It is a great opportunity and privilege and I am proud of the entire team. Thank you kids for being a part of the team, I enjoyed this year and opportunity to get to know each of you.”
Hadley Splechter of Yates Center won the race in 15:57.5.
Goessel was led by sophomore Dawson Duerksen in 27th in 18:23.6. Junior Adrian Kastner was 30th in 18:26.2, followed by Jerah Schmidt in 44th in 18:50.3, sophomore Brandon Hicks in 73rd in 19:52.3, freshman Jacob Schrag in 74th in 19:52.9, junior Chicco Bertozzi in 80th in 20:07.6 and freshman Timothy Schrag in 86th in 20:25.9.
“The boys race started out very fast and I was proud of how the guys controlled their pace and worked their way through the pack as the race progressed,” Lightner said. “This was the first time any one of the runners competed at Wamego and a fast start on the hills can cause the latter part of the race to be very slow.”
For the Goessel girls, freshman Elsie Clark was 25th in 22:09.1, five spots and 30.1 seconds out of a medal.
“Elsie finished in 25th and also did a good job improving her position throughout the race,” Lightner said. “After a 1/4 mile she was around 55th place and slowly moved up to finish in the top 30. This is the fourth year for high school girls in Kansas to run a 5K and Elsie's time was the fastest for a Goessel female student at the state meet for that distance. I hope all these kids have another opportunity to be at the state meet and that the experience gained this year will provide the confidence to start faster in future years.”
The Remington girls finished 10th in the team standings. Ellinwood won with 102 points, followed by Trego Community in second at 110 and Bennington at 127. Remington scored 184 points.
Helen Giefer, a senior from Trego Community, won the race in 19:30.0.
The Broncos claimed two medals — freshman Lucy Brown in 10th in 21:09.7 and sophomore Audrey Van Zelfden in 20th in 21:39.0.
Freshman Ellie Van Zelfden was three sports out of a medal in 23rd in 22:03.8. Freshman Anaya Reager was 95th in 30:23.8 and freshman Alissa Eck was 96th in 31:34.1.
Remington sophomore Asher Brown claimed a medal in the boys’ race, finishing 15th in 17:58.4. Senior Craig Fee was 40th in 18:46.2.
Sedgwick senior Garrison Harris was 23rd in 18:18.7, three spots and 7.1 seconds shy of a medal.