Cross country teams finish first, second
The cross country team will split into two squads this week after winning team and individual titles at the Tonganoxie invitational.
The varsity boys placed first out of 11 teams. The varsity girls placed second out of eight teams.
Phil Williams, Tonganoxie cross country coach, said he was pleased with the results.
"I thought we had a good meet all around," Williams said.
In the boys race, nobody could stay with Justin Marable of Hiawatha. He took an early lead and finished 28 seconds ahead of the next runner in a course record time of 17:34.
Bonner Springs also challenged the boys. Brock Peterson and Randy Meiser of Bonner finished second and third, but Tonganoxie ran as a team in a pack.
Only 33 seconds separated Jacob Hoffhines, who placed fifth in 18:12, and Jordan Smith, who placed 17th.
Matt Needham, Tonganoxie's sixth runner, and David Saultz, Tonganoxie's seventh runner, both finished ahead of the Bonner runners, cushioning the Chieftains' team score.
"Our balance, again, allowed us to beat them," Williams said.
The girls performed well, especially Korb, who continued her early-season success with a win in course record time of 12:48.
"We hoped we could get as high as second, and we did," Williams said.
Lansing placed first in the girls race with 28 points.
All seven of the varsity girls medaled in the race.
Junior varsity notes
The junior varsity boys narrowly won, beating Bonner Springs by five points.
Bryan Gurss finished first in 19:11. Brett Becker finished third in 19:31.
Bryce Downey, who is recovering from a knee injury and didn't run last week, was the top Tonganoxie junior varsity girl.
She finished fourth in 15:17. Kristen Korb finished fifth.
In the freshman boys race, Tony Aligo was the first to finish. He placed third in 21:12.
The varsity runners travel to Gardner Thursday. The junior varsity runners will compete as a varsity team at Lansing.