Chieftains can’t qualify full team
The Tonganoxie boys cross country team found itself in an unfamiliar spot Saturday after its Class 4A regional on the Chieftains' home course.
THS would not be heading to state as a team.
In 2001, the squad placed third at state and then finished second in 2002. Last year, the team was 12th out of 12 teams advancing from the four regionals.
But this year, the Chieftains will not advance as a full team.
Tonganoxie just missed a berth Saturday. THS finished fourth with 123 points. Anderson County, which took the third and final spot from the regional, scored 106. Baldwin, on a quest to win its seventh straight state title, placed first with 26. De Soto finished second with 80.
Andy Kolman, however, will compete as an individual Saturday at state in Wamego. The senior finished 10th with a time of 17 minutes, 19 seconds.
Also placing were Matt Chenoweth in 19th (18:23), Levi Huseman 20th (18:29), Colin Perkins 36th (19:11) Justin Smith 38th (19:14), Colt Coffin 48th (19:46) and Brett Garrett 55th (20:11).
Girls cross country
Baldwin again was the top regional winner in the girls race. The Bulldogs scored 38 points for first place. De Soto placed second with 45 and Eudora was third with 75. Fort Scott finished fourth with 120.
Tonganoxie placed fifth with 142 as Christy Weller advanced to state as an individual. She finished sixth with a 12:34 time. Other Chieftains competing were Jennifer Wagner in 19th (13:16), Megan Holton in 37th (14:13), 45th Kaitlyn Saathoff (14:23), 47th Rachel Bouza (14:29) 56th Kelley Stauch (15:06) and 73rd Kezia Huseman (18:22).
Kolman will run at 11 a.m. Saturday, while Weller will run at noon.