Brock, Weller lead harriers
Tonganoxie landed a runner in the top 10 in both the boys and girls varsity races at the Chieftains' home invitational Thursday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The high finishes, though, couldn't swing either of the cross country teams into a first-place team finish.
Matt Brock placed eighth in the boys race and Christy Weller placed seventh in the girls race, but the boys and girls each finished fifth in the team standings.
The boys team scored 128 points as Kansas City Christian won the meet with a 47. De Soto placed second with 59, while Jeff West placed third with 104 and Anderson County fourth with 106.
On the girls side, De Soto won the team title with 54.
Eudora finished second with a 60, Mill Valley took third with a 93 and Olathe Northwest placed fourth with 102.
Brock finished the boys race in 17 minutes, 51 seconds. Colin Perkins placed 32nd with an 18:54 time. Justin Smith (35th, 18:58) and John Davis (36th, 19:00) weren't far behind Perkins. Colt Coffin finished the race in 42nd with a 19:12 time, while David Powell came in 57th with a 19:42 time. Garrett Kelly placed 63rd with a time of 19:55.
The Tonganoxie Invitational marked another large meet for the Chieftains. More than 110 runners from 22 teams competed Thursday. The meet came less than a week after THS competed at the Rim Rock Classic, another large meet that attracted runners from various Midwestern states.
The course landscape Thursday, however, was substantially different.
"Rim Rock was pretty hard like everybody said," Brock said. "I like this course because it's flat and you don't have as many big hills to kill you on.
"And it's at home, so that's good."
The freshman, who placed 20th at Rim Rock, had another great showing, this time in front of the home crowd.
Weller did well on the girls side with her seventh-place finish and 13:04 time. At Rim Rock, she placed eighth and would have preferred a higher placing at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
"I'm a little disappointed," Weller said. "I think I started out like normal, but the pack in front of me just got away from me."
At the home meet, though, Weller fed off encouragement from other THS athletes who came to the meet equipped with posters.
"The volleyball girls helped a lot," Weller said.
Tonganoxie had another runner in the top 20. Jennifer Wagner finished in 13th with a 13:24 time. Megan Holton completed the race as Tonganoxie's No. 3 runner. She placed 36th with a 13:56 time.
Kayla Leffert placed 48th for THS with a 14:14 time. Kelley Stauch placed 67th (14:48) and Ashli Koch finished 71st (15:04) for the Chieftains.
THS will compete Thursday at the Gardner Invitational. The meet begins at 4:30 p.m.
Junior varsity teams place second at home meet
Patrick Holton led the Tonganoxie boys to a second-place finish in the Tonganoxie Invitational junior varsity race.
Holton placed third individually with a 19:28 time. Michael Shaw placed 10th for the Chieftains (19:59), while Chris Downs placed 18th (20:21). Tyson Letourneau placed 20th (20:47) and Kazi Fukuyasu placed 22nd (21:03). Also placing were Chad Pierson (31st, 21:48) Kavet Letourneau (35th, 21:58), Tim Beeman (53rd, 23:10) and Ryan Stockman (60th, 23:49).
De Soto won the boys junior varsity race with 31 points. Tonganoxie scored 64 for second, while Kansas City Christian placed third with 65. Lansing placed fourth (129) and Wyandotte finished fifth (139).
In the girls race, Piper won the junior varsity race with 54 points. Tonganoxie placed second with 56, while De Soto was close behind in third with 60. Maranatha finished fourth with 85 and KC Christian fifth with 92.
Katie Chenoweth was Tonganoxie's top finisher in fifth with a 14:53 time. Laurie Chenoweth placed seventh, while Kezia Huseman finished ninth with a 15:12 time.
Melissa Hughes placed 23rd for Tonganoxie with a 16:06 time.
Varsity team scores
1. Kansas City Christian, 41; 2. De Soto, 59; 3. Jeff West, 104; 4. Anderson County, 106; 5. Tonganoxie, 128; 6. Mill Valley, 165; 7. Olathe Northwest, 183; 8. Maranatha, 210; 9. Spring Hill, 219; 10. Hiawatha, 227; 11. Piper, 326; 12. McLouth, 337; 13. Basehor-Linwood, 385; 14. Van Horn, 405; 15. Perry-Lecompton, 414. Lansing, Bishop Seabury, Bishop Ward, Eudora, JC Harmon, Pleasant Ridge and Wyandotte did not field full teams.
1. De Soto, 54; 2. Eudora, 60; 3. Mill Valley, 93; 4. Olathe Northwest, 102; 5. Tonganoxie, 147; 6. Maranatha, 171; 7. KC Christian, 176; 8. Basehor-Linwood, 186; 9. Perry-Lecompton, 206; 10. Anderson County, 207; 11. Hiawatha, 267; 12. Jeff West, 321; 13. Piper, 363. Lansing, Bishop Seabury, Bishop Ward, JC Harmon, McLouth, Pleasant Ridge, Spring Hill and Wyandotte did not field full teams.