Boys first, girls third at Maur Hill; Rim Rock next
The Maur Hill Invitational had some steep terrain, but the Tonganoxie High boys cross country team didn't have much of an uphill battle Thursday.
The Chieftains took first with 38 points, while St. Joseph (Mo.) Benton took second with 68.
"We do a lot of hill work in practice, so I think it's to our advantage even though they don't like it," THS coach Phil Williams said.
After finishing third at the Tonganoxie quadrangular Sept. 5, Kyle Norris finished third again, this time representing Tonganoxie's top finish.
Norris snagged a time of 17:15, while Tommy Powell took fourth with a 17:18 time. Tony Aligo, the Chieftains' top finisher in second at Tonganoxie, placed 10th with a 17:52 time.
The girls' team finished in a third-place tie with Mount Academy, as both teams scored 85 points.
McLouth took the title, while St. Joseph-Benton was second with 80.
Laura Korb paced the Chieftains again, taking third with a 13:08 time. Elizabeth Smith placed 18th with a 14:38 time.
Williams was excited with his girls' performances in the 18-team invitational.
"That's the highest the girls have finished in Maur Hill for quite awhile, so I'm pleased with that," Williams said.
Both squads will have arguably their toughest meet of the regular season at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rim Rock Invitational near Lawrence.
"That's our next varsity meet, so that will be a good test," Williams said.
The Rim Rock Invitational brings in numerous runners from various school sizes. A collegiate run, with the University of Kansas as the host, is also held.