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3A CC - SW Heights girls nab Region crown

The Southwestern Heights girls cross country team brought home a regional championship on Saturday, winning the Wichita-Bishop Carroll Regional meet.

The Mustangs were led by Ozia Trujillo, who won the girls individual title, and led a 1-3 finish for the Southwestern Heights harriers. Yanely Preades finished third, and will be joined by Arlin Testa, Ashlyn Mendez and Ysenia Trejo at state. All five runners placed in the Top 17 at the event.

CImarron missed out on qualifying as a team, finishing fourth, but will send Clara Bartlett to the state meet. Bartlett finished second overall.

The Cimarron boys, meanwhile, finished third and did qualify as a team for the state meet. The Bluejays had a similar finish in the boys meet as Southwestern Heights did in the girls meet, taking two of the top three spots individually.

Damion Santisteven won the meet, while teammate Justin Burman placed third to pace Cimarron. Also qualifying for the state meet were Braden Stanfield of Southwestern Heights and Rafael Guereque of Hugoton.

Norton Community Regional

The Lakin Broncs were the only team to qualify for the Class 3A State Cross Country Championships, but several area runners will join them at the meet, and two other teams came close to punching their ticket.

Southeast of Saline won the boys meet, placing all five of their scoring runners in the Top 12 to run past the field. Norton Community (107) held off Lakin (110) and Scott Community (112) for second.

The Broncs were paced by Edwin Garcia, who was one of four area runners to finish in the Top 10. Ryan Voss of Colby was sixth, followed by the Scott Community duo of Eric Frances and Jaxon Kough.

In the girls event, no area teams qualified for state, but up to five individuals qualified for the meet November 2 at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrence.

The local contingent was paced by Scott Community's Piper Wasinger, who finished 6th overall. Teammates Clare Hawkins and Megan Vance, and Colby's Seanna Metcalf and Brittany Ross, likely finished high enough to also qualify for the state meet.

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