Cross country going to state
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The Tonganoxie boys cross country team qualified for state by winning its regional race Saturday.
Jacob Hoffhines finished third in 17:24, leading the pack of three Chieftains who finished among the top 10.
Andy Snapp finished ninth in 17:46, and Kyle Norris finished tenth in 17:51.
The Chieftains scored 66 points as a team. Sabetha finished second with 77, and Eudora was third with 80.
In the girls' race, Laura Korb continued her strong run, qualifying for state by finishing ninth in 13:14.
She went out strong early, and Phil Williams, Tonganoxie cross country coach, said he thought she had a chance to win the race.
She was hampered by a cold, and wasn't able to maintain her early position near the lead.
"Like I told her, this is the prelims," Williams said. "Next week is the finals."
The other girls placed from 28th to 48th.
The girls finished fourth as a team with 126 points.
Hayden won with 25 points, Sabetha was second with 39, and Lansing placed third with 71.
Except for Korb, the girls are done for the season.
Williams said the best teams at the state meet would include Baldwin, Wamego, Clay Center and Concordia.
In order to place, Tonganoxie will need one of its runners to improve his time and place in the fifth position. Saturday, Tommy Powell was the fifth Tonganoxie runner for much of the race, but Jordan Smith passed him in final mile and finished 30th in 18:49.
Powell finished 35th in 18:55.
As for who will run, Williams had to turn in a list of ten runners who might run last week.
Barring injury or illness, he said the seven runners who participated in regionals would be the team again Saturday at the meet in Wamego.
Directions to state cross country in Wamego
Wamego is on U.S. 24.
From Tonganoxie take U.S. 24 west to Wamego.
U.S. 24 intersects Kansas 99 on the north side of Wamego.
There is a stoplight at the intersection of the two highways.
Turn left on 99. Drive south.
After passing the high school on the right, turn right on Seventh Street.
Follow Seventh Street west to the country club parking lost.