Bulldogs keep on running
The McLouth High boys cross country team finished 12th out of 22 teams Thursday at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Nick Edgell led the Bulldogs with a 38th-place finish. He had a time of 19 minutes, 6 seconds.
Ryan Saxton placed 81st (20:31), while John Trieu placed 85th (20:52).
Dustin Rainey placed 91st (21:24), Charlie Turner 93rd (21:28), Tanner Bristol 101st (22:20) and Cody Berry 113th (26:05).
On the girls side, Kassidie Kramer placed 46th with a time of 14:12. Gelia Gardner was McLouth's No. 2 runner. She placed 68th with a 15:02 time. Liz Turner placed 74th (15:10) and Amanda Berry was 95th (time not available).
McLouth did not place as a team because the Bulldogs did not field a full team.
"We're improving," MHS coach George Karn said. "There's some disappointments, but there's some optimism. As long as we can improve, that's all that matters."
Turner, Kramer and Amanda Berry all turned in personal records at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
After running at the Tonganoxie school district's 80 acres of land for several years, the course moved back to the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds this year. With construction of a new middle school taking place at the 80 acres, teams had to become acclimated with the new course.
"One of things that's different with this course is it has some short curves," Karn said. "You have to fight for position."
"It's flat. It's definitely flat."
Nick Edgell again was McLouth's top runner at the McLouth Invitational on Sept. 15 at the Bulldog Sports Complex. Edgell placed 27th with a 19:14 time.
Also placing for the Bulldogs were: Ryan Saxton (36th, 20:31), John Trieu (40th, 20:46), Dustin Rainey (42nd, 20:57), Tanner Bristol (52nd, 22:01), Charlie Turner (54th, 22:03) and Cody Berry (59th, 24:34).
Kansas City Christian won the meet with 36 points. MHS finished ninth out of nine teams with a 193.
On the girls side, Kassidie Kramer placed 25th for the Bulldogs with a 14:19 time. Liz Turner was right behind her in 26th with a 14:20 time. Gelia Gardner stayed with her teammates. She placed 29th with a 14:23 time.
And in 40th place for the Bulldogs was Amanda Berry, who had a 17:18 time.
The MHS girls did not field a full team.
In the boys junior varsity race, the Bulldogs had three runners -- Steven Nawlan (39th, 24:26), Chris Heath (41st, 24:31) and Jarrod Bechard, (50th, 27:30).