Meade boys, Stanton County girls claim State CC titles
They had just one senior, but the Meade boys cross country team showed that, when it comes to the top cross country contests, youth is not a bad thing.
With three freshman and a senior scoring, the Buffaloes ran away with the Class 1A State Boys Cross Country Championship, with a larger margin of victory (33) than points scored (30). Remember, in cross country, less is more.
The Buffaloes had four of the Top 12 runners in the team race, which was enough to easily outdistance La Crosse, who only had one runner place in the Top 15 of team runners.
At the state meet, the scoring runners are only placed against other teams competing - freshman Trent Roberts, for example, placed 12th individually but was 5th among those runners attached to qualifying teams. His freshman teammate, Logan Keith, was 6th and fellow freshman Brock Keith was 7th in the same scenario, which helped Meade take control of the team title race.
The lone senior of the bunch, Vance Shewey, was 27th overall but was 12th individually in the team scoring, which capped off the scoring runners for the Buffaloes.
Roberts was also the highest-placing freshman in the race, as the first five, and seven of the top 11 individuals were seniors, while the other four were juniors.
Also on the Buffaloes' team were sophomore Kody Henson, junior Arron Orr and freshman Orvin Dyck.
The 1A girls' race was much tighter, but the Meade squad could not duplicate what Stanton County did a year prior, and almost pulled off again this past weekend, finishing fourth.
Senior Katie Welsh finished 24th overall to lead the Lady Buffaloes, while fellow senior Alley Ross finished 30th overall, but 15th among team-scoring runners. Junior Haley Thompson (38th/22nd) and sophomore Kyra Shewey (41st/26th) also scored for Meade, who finished 10 points ahead of Pretty Prairie for 4th.
A pair of Wallace County runners also placed in the Top 30 individually - junior Adrienne Seltzer was 28th, while senior Alyssa Pierce was just four seconds behind Selzer.
Class 2A They were just eight points away from another sweep of the 2A titles, but the Stanton County Trojans had quite a run at the State Cross Country Championships.
The boys could not defend their title, falling eight points shy of state champion Berean Academy, who may be a great rival over the next couple of seasons as both teams are still young.
Sophomore Kamryn Golub posted a 16-minute, 24-second time over the 5k course to finish 3rd overall and be the top runner on a scoring team. Junior Spencer Schmidt (12th/6th), junior Ryan Wenman (25th/13th), junior Colton Adams (34th/18th) and senior Cody Peterson (40th/25th) also scored for the Trojans, while senior Blaze Batterson and junior Uziel Carrasco also ran at state for Stanton County.
Individually, Syracuse junior Jaren Luebbers posted a personal-best 18:24.
While the Stanton County boys did not repeat, the Stanton County girls, led by super sophomore Chesney Peterson, did. And how.
Placing three runners in the top seven of scoring runners, the Lady Trojans easily defended their title, with a 35-point win over second-place Remington.
Peterson won the Medalist honors on the day, running an 18:17 to outdistance Kansas City Christian senior Alyssa Wagner by over 14 seconds to claim the individual title. Fellow sophomore Suzanne Farnham was eighth overall but fourth among scoring runners, and senior Peyton Peterson, running in her final cross country meet, finished 12th/7th.
Freshman Madison Seyb (24th/15th) and senior Jania Don Juan (31st/21st) also scored for the Lady Trojans, who also had senior Gladys Callejas and sophomore Belle Batterton running at state.