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Trojans get second 2A CC sweep in 3 years


Stanton County Boys and Girls CC with their state titles in hand.
Stanton County CC also swept the KSHSAA Class 2A titles in 2019. (Brian Peterson Photo)

What's better than a 3-peat? Try a sweep of both genders at the KSHSAA Class 2A State Cross Country meet.


The Stanton County Trojans did it again on Saturday at the Sand Plum Nature Trail at Victoria, sweeping the Boys and Girls Cross Country team titles for the second time in three years. They also did something else - swept the individual titles as well. It was the first time that the Trojans achieved that feat - and the 12th title for the boys, while the girls won state for the 13th time.


The girls race was incredibly tight, as the Trojan girls won by just three points over second place Remington, and four points better than third-place Sacred Heart.


But Chesney Peterson ran away from the field, beating out Waubensee's Payton Wurtz by over 49 seconds. At a winning time of 18 minutes, 38.8 seconds, Peterson was the only sub-19 minute runner in the competition.


Teammate Suzanne Farnham was 6th individually, but 4th amongst the team scoring. That made a difference, as all five Trojan girl runners placed in the Top 35 of the team race.


Kenzington Nairn was 31st individually, but 18th in the team scoring race. Kourtney Hudgens was 26th in the team scoring, and Lexi Martinez was 35th. Belle Batterton and Kadence Hudgins also ran for Stanton County in the meet.


Remington had all of their runners in the Top 36, but scored three more points than Stanton County. Sacred Heart placed five individuals in the Top 27 of the team scoring, but no one finished higher than 7th and were a point more than Remington.


Remember, in cross country, it's scoring the fewest points in the field as a team, based on how the scoring individuals finish. The Trojans netted 83 points, Remington had 86 total points, and Sacred Heart totaled 87 points.


The boys' meet wasn't as close in the team race, while the individual race was a bit closer than Peterson's rout.


Kamryn Golub won the individual title by 21 seconds, and the Trojans placed three scoring runners in the Top 7 to easily outdistance Berean Academy by 47 points.


Spencer Schmidt was 6th individually, but 2nd among the team runners scoring, while Ryan Wenman was 10th overall, and 7th among the individuals scoring in the team race.


A total of seven Trojan runners took part in the meet, including Uziel Carrasco and Colton Adams, who finished 30th and 31st in the team scoring for Stanton County. Bran Robles-Salmeron and Edwin Molina were the other state participants.


Angel Moreno of Syracuse also ran in the Class 2A Boys race, and finished 65th overall.

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