Kolman snags medal at Wamego
Knee injury forces Weller to bow out of girls race prematurely
Andy Kolman did the Dew after Saturday's Class 4A race at the state cross country championships in Wamego.
The senior gladly gulped down 12 ounces of Mountain Dew -- his favorite drink. It also was a beverage he had stayed clear of since this summer because he had developed some cavities and was getting ready for the cross country season.
That soft drink at Wamego, however, had to have tasted like victory.
Kolman, who last year finished 40th at the state meet, surged to a 13th-place finish and earned a medal this year.
The senior finished with a time of 17 minutes -- flat.
"He really did a great job," THS coach Phil Williams said. "It's sometimes hard to motivate yourself when you don't have the rest of the team there, but he did a super job."
Kolman was Tonganoxie's lone qualifier as the team was one place from advancing to state as a team at regionals.
After being in the top three at the regional meet for much of the race, the senior finished in 10th, a performance that left him "mad at himself" for some time last week.
On Saturday, however, Kolman responded on a sunny fall morning in Wamego.
"I motivated myself," he said.
PE injury hinders Weller
Tonganoxie's other state runner had a rougher race. And her problems actually started Thursday.
Freshman Christy Weller injured her left knee sliding into third base while playing handball in a physical education class. Weller's knee hit a wrestling mat in the THS fieldhouse south of Beatty Field, but under the mat was a concrete floor. Weller didn't run until Saturday's meet.
Wearing elastic wrap around the knee, Weller made started the race, but couldn't finish. At one point, she sat down to tie her shoe and take off the wrap because it wasn't allowing her to bend her knee.
"It was disappointing," Weller said about the race.