Senior held out of meet for health reasons
The Tonganoxie High boys and girls cross country teams placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in Thursday's Cat Classic at Mill Valley.
The THS girls (177 points) ran without three of its top runners: Christy Weller, Addy Phelps and Kelsey Wagner.
Tonganoxie coach Phil Williams held Weller, a senior, out of her first meet of the season. Weller has felt the lingering effects of mononucleosis for the past few weeks, according to Williams.
The Kaw Valley League meet is Thursday at Perry-Lecompton. Williams said he hoped to have Weller back for the meet.
Freshman Alex Hauk led the Chieftains for the third straight race with a 4K time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds, good for 15th place individually.
After Hauk, Tonganoxie finished with sophomore Andie Jeannin (17:54, 22nd place), Kaitlyn Saathoff (19:31, 45th place), Lauren Himpel (19:32, 48th place) and Katie Chenoweth (19:33, 49th place).
Olathe Northwest won the girls race with 34 points.
The THS boys finished with 132 points and sixth place. Shawnee Mission South won the meet with 33 points.
Matt Brock paced the Chieftains, as he has all season. The junior finished sixth individually with a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds in the 5K run.
After Brock, Tonganoxie finished with David Powell (18:34, 24th place), Justin Soetaert (18:56, 31st place), Dalton Lawson (19:19, 37th place) and Joel Dunning (19:23, 41st place).
The THS girls finished second at the KVL meet last season. They actually had the same amount of points as the winner, Basehor-Linwood, but the determining factor was the team with the highest finishing No. 6 runner.
The THS boys also finished second at the league meet last season.