Leaders of the pack for Tonganoxie cross country
Tonganoxie defended its turf well last week at its home invitational.
The THS girls team placed first overall and the boys squad second. Each team also had the top individual finisher.
Tonganoxie finished with 23 points in the girls race, with Manhattan placing second with 48 and Wamego third with 53. Bishop Seabury placed fourth with 105 points. Pleasant Ridge, Bishop Ward, Wyandotte and JC Harmon also had runners compete in the race.
Tonganoxie’s Mia Bond won the race with a time of 21 minutes, 15 seconds. Emma Campbell finished 24 seconds behind her teammate, good for the silver medal.
“Mia Bond ran a very strong race today,” said THS coach John Tollefson after the invite. “She shaved 50 seconds off her time.”
Alyssa Scott placed fifth (22:46) and Sierra Staatz seventh (23:05), while Hope Creten finished 12th (23:26), Nicole Zerrer 14th (23:55) and Sophia Wetta 23rd (24:56).
Tollefson said the girls ran a good team race.
“I was proud of how everyone ran today,” Tollefson said.
In the boys race, Tonganoxie finished behind Wamego, as WHS scored 21 points and Tonganoxie’s 37. Jeff West finished third (98), Bishop Seabury fourth (115) and Pleasant Ridge fifth (122) Manhattan, Washington, Bishop Ward, Wyandotte and JC Harmon also had runners compete in the race.
THS coach John Tollefson said Wamego generally has its junior varsity team run in the varsity race with the Rim Rock race happening around the same time. But this year, the Red Raiders appeared to have brought their varsity squad.
Though the THS boys weren’t able to win their home meet again this year, they competed well against a traditionally strong Wamego squad.
Drew Cook won the meet with a time of 17:31. Ethan Phillips wasn’t far behind in sixth with a 17:56 time.
Dylan Staatz and Carter Kietzman placed ninth and tenth respectively, as Staatz finished with an 18:13 time and Kietzman 18:16.
Taking 12th was Chandler Hamman (18:24) and fininshing 17th was Calvin Morgan (19:32). Nick French placed 21st for the Chieftains with a 20:09 time.
“I’m very pleased with how they ran,” Tollefson said about the boys squad.
Rim Rock race
Tonganoxie competed Saturday at the high school invitational at Rim Rock Farm, Kansas University’s home course between Tonganoxie and Lawrence.
The girls places sixth and the boys seventh in their division.
Emma Campbell, Drew Cook and Ethan Phillips all earned medals at the race.