TES meet attracts 140 youngsters
This year's Tonganoxie cross country members experienced a flashback last Wednesday on their home course.
The course was the venue for the annual elementary school cross country meet as boys and girls in third through sixth grades competed in the race.
Just seven years ago, this year's seniors took part in the meet as sixth-graders.
THS coach Phil Williams said nearly 140 students signed up for the cross country meet.
Before the meet, Williams and his high school team members directed the youngsters to form a circle for pre-meet stretching.
Once that was complete, the large group made its way to the starting line for the one-mile race.
"It just keeps getting bigger every year," Williams said. "Mrs. (Ursula) Kissinger was telling about how they get excited about it and that's great."
Kissinger and Jeremy Goebel were on hand with Williams and THS assistant coach Sue Walker. Kissinger and Goebel are physical education instructors at the elementary school.
Alissa Donnelly won the top spot in third grade, while Hunter Cook took second overall in the class.
In the fourth grade, Ronnie Myers was top runner, while Gabby Jansen was class's best girls runner. She finished fifth overall.
In fifth grade, Matt Soetaert took first place, while Shyanne Gergick was first-place among girls and eighth overall.
And in sixth grade, Jeff Sims won the class race out of 15 runners. Alex Hauk was the top girls' runner. She placed third at the meet.
Look in this week's scoreboard on page 2B to see results of all elementary school runners who participated in the meet.