Stanton County sweeps 2A CC Region titles
If you only paid attention to high school cross country during this time of the year, when its postseason begins, the results would surprise you. But those in the Kansas high school cross country circles were likely not surprised with what happened at Great Bend on Saturday in the Class 2A Cross Country Regional meet.
The boys and girls from Johnson dominated the meet.
Stanton County, who had both teams ranked in the Top 2 during the most recent Kansas Cross Country Coaches Association polls, swept the boys and girls region titles on Saturday. And this without having an individual win one of the races.
Stanton County will send both teams to the Class 2A State Cross Country Championships at Wamego Golf Course on November 2nd.
The depth of the Trojan harriers was evident, as all five girls runners finished in the top 16, and the five boys runners who scored did not finish worse than 18th.
What may have taken some aback was whom the Trojan girls knocked off the top of the regional mountain. Defending regional champion Ellinwood had it's 10-year run as regional champions come to an end, as they finished third. Oakley ended up second in the meet.
Chesney Peterson placed second to lead the Stanton County girls, while Suzanne Farmham was fifth. Peyton Peterson (7th) and Yessenia Orndas (9th) made it four Trojans in the Top 10, and Jordyn Tucker came in 16th to clinch the win for Stanton County.
The Stanton County boys had a somewhat tighter meet, but still placed three runners in the Top 10 and managed to hold off the competition to finish off the sweep.
The top three area runners included two Trojans - Isaiah Barrera was fourht, while Jarreth Carrasco finished sixth. Inbetween the two Johnson boys was KC Giancola of Syracuse, who will also head to state after a fifth-place finish. Spences Schmidt was 10th for Stanton County, while Ryan Wenman and Colton Adams rounded out the top finishers for the Trojans.