Cross country teams compete at Rim Rock
One of the biggest meets outside of State was supposed to be run as the Jayhawk Invitational Saturday at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence.
The meet traditionally brings runners from numerous colleges and high schools in Kansas and surrounding states, but it was canceled as most Division-1 college events were postponed because of last week's national tragedy.
Although mainly Kansas and Missouri high schools participated, the event went on as the Revised Lawrence Invitational. Free State became the new host after Kansas University canceled, and a high school meet was on.
In a day when the teams were predominately 6A schools, the Tonganoxie boys' squad matched up well.
The 4A Chieftains finished ninth out of 21 teams with 246 points, 30 behind Baldwin, ranked No. 1 in 4A. The Bulldogs finished seventh.
Tonganoxie's major contributor again was senior Alan Davis. He finished 10th at 17 minutes, 6 seconds. Tony Aligo finished in 65th, while Tommy Powell (78), Nathan Bailey (80), Bryan Gurss (99) and Levi Huseman (105) also placed.
"We were glad to get a chance to run," THS coach Phil Williams said. "It approximates what it will be like at the state meet."
On the girls' side, leading runner Laura Korb finished in 45th with a 13:22 time. Other Tonganoxie runners included Erin Seymour (100), Alicia Stauch (117), Elizabeth Smith (118), Sarah Mages (133) and Amanda Chenoweth (135).
Junior varsity was in action Friday at McLouth. The invitational was a varsity meet. The boys' team finished sixth out 16 teams. Cara Langston and Kayla Hammons ran for the girls, but did not count as a team. David Saultz led the Chieftain pack, finishing in 18th. Andy Kolman took 21st, while Matt Chenoweth and John Gossett finished 28th and 29th respectively. Nathan Walters (42), Tyler Davidson (48) and Josh Dowdle (52) also placed.
In the junior varsity race, Brett Garrett took fourth place, while Terrance Bailey (13), Shawn Slawson (17) and Adam Hamby (34) also placed.
"I thought the junior varsity did well," Williams said. "They were ahead of some varsity teams."
Langston finished 31st, while Hammons took 47th for the girls at McLouth.
The Chieftains will compete in the Tonganoxie Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday.