KC Christian takes trophy
Kansas City Christian found itself in the same position Thursday at the Tonganoxie Quadrangular that the Panthers exited the 2002 season in -- first place.
KCC, last year's Class 3A boys state champion, took home first place in the four-team meet.
In 2001, the Panthers won the Class 2A crown, and then jumped up to 3A last fall. On Thursday, the Panthers conquered Class 4A's Tonganoxie.
KC Christian scored just 27 points compared to the Chieftains' 43 and took home the traveling Tonganoxie trophy.
"I thought they'd be decent, but they're a little better than I thought they were," THS coach Phil Williams said."
Phillip Brandon led KCC and all runners with a 17-minute, 21-second time, while teammate Jeff Ford took second with a 17:48.
Andy Kolman led Tonganoxie with a fourth-place finish. Kolman finished in 18:24, three seconds behind Lansing's Allan Kroll.
"I knew they were good," Kolman said. "I didn't expect to stay up there with their first-place guy."
Corey Brest was Tonganoxie's No. 2 runner. He finished seventh overall with an 18:58 time. Matt Chenoweth (19:13) finished ninth, Ben Brest 10th (19:25) and John Davis 13th (19:45).
Brett Garrett and Justin Smith also competed for the Chieftains. Garrett finished in 20:22, while Smith completed the course in 20:27.
Girls Cross Country
Tonganoxie started with a full five-runner squad, but finished without a team score.
Freshman Kezia Huseman opened the race with a fast pace and just ran out of steam. She couldn't finish the race and the Chieftains couldn't register a team score without only four runners.
Before the meet, Williams had told Huseman to get a strong start, but she couldn't hold on for the entire course.
"She just ran out of air," Williams said. "She'll know to hold back later."
The Chieftains didn't earn team points, but they did manage some top finishes. Senior Elizabeth Smith led THS with an eighth-place performance (14:53). In 10th was Megan Holton (15:08) and 11th Kelley Stauch (12th). Senior Amanda Chenoweth placed 21st (18:33).
THS had decent performances, but no one could top Lansing's effort.
Kansas City Christian's Kourtney Ford won the meet with a 13:32 time, but the Lions, led by Bianca Manago, took second through seventh place for a big team title.
For Tonganoxie it was a chance to get a feel for the course and embark on the new season.
"Knowing the course is helpful to get one under your belt, especially for the younger ones," Smith said.
What Tonganoxie didn't really have a grasp on was who the competition would be.
Lansing usually doesn't bring a full squad for the quad, but instead sends a junior varsity squad and takes a varsity team to another meet. But last week, all four teams brought full five-member teams.
"We didn't know what to expect," Smith said.
As for the upcoming weeks, the senior is eager to improve on the opening meet.
"It's all right," Smith said. "I hope to be farther up."
Kansas City Christian took second with a 46 and Basehor-Linwood took third with 72.
Tonganoxie won't be back home until the much larger Tonganoxie Invitational on Sept. 25.
But even Thursday's quad drew its share of talent.
"I'm glad because it seems as though they think it's an important meet if they bring the whole squad," Williams said.
Tonganoxie next will be in action at the Maur Hill Invitational Thursday in Atchison and the McLouth Invitational a week later.