Boys, girls win team cross country titles again
After a rough start, one Chieftain runner came through and helped notch another team victory last Thursday at the Gardner Invitational.
Nathan Bailey, who tripped and fell in the opening moments of the boys' race, came back for an 18th-place finish and a medal with a time of 19 minutes, 15 seconds.
"He was trampled, spiked and kicked, and was all bruised," said Tonganoxie coach Phil Williams. "I'm really proud of him."
The Chieftains tallied 44 points and won the six-team meet. Anderson County finished second with 64 points. Kyle Norris led Tonganoxie with a second-place finish (17:27). Alan Davis, the team's usual top-finisher, placed third with an 18:03 time.
"I just didn't think Alan ran as well," Williams said. "I didn't think he was as mentally ready."
Overall, THS scattered seven runners among the top 28 spots with 42 competing in the meet. Norris and Davis were second and third, while Tony Aligo (18:32) took seventh and Tommy Powell (19:01) placed 14th. Bailey nabbed the final Tonganoxie medal with his 18th-place finish, while Levi Huseman (19:37) took 21st and Bryan Gurss (20:15) finished in 28th. David Saultz also took second in the junior varsity race, registering 19:55 time.
"We had a good meet," Williams said. "It was a smaller meet. We ran against schools we hadn't seen before."
The Tonganoxie girls also continued to produce top finishes. The Chieftains won the meet with 54 points, nine points ahead of Wellsville, and Laura Korb won the meet with a 13:34 time.
"I was real pleased with Laura Korb," Williams said.
Korb had some help behind her. Alicia Stauch took fifth (14:20), Erin Seymour had eighth (14:26), and Elizabeth Smith placed tenth (14:46). Rounding out Tonganoxie scoring were Sarah Mages (30th) with a 16:34 time, Cara Langston (31st) at 16:36 and Amanda Chenoweth (38th) at 17:09.
Tonganoxie now travels to Shawnee Mission for an invitational Mill Valley and De Soto will host. Williams looks for both Tonganoxie teams to continue their success at a slightly larger meet.
"There are 10 schools," Williams said. "It should be a fairly tough meet."