Tonganoxie Middle School cross country opens season
The Tonganoxie Warrior Cross Country Team traveled earlier this month to Shawnee Mission Park for the Lexington Trails Invitational.
This meet has traditionally been a nice follow-up to the large season opener hosted by Basehor-Linwood, giving the middle school runners some competition against smaller schools. This year was no different, as several Warriors placed in the top 10 and the grade-level teams fared well also at the Sept. 10 invitational.
Jordyn Bosley was again the top girls miler, coming in sixth and leading her team to a second-place finish. Merick Huggins finished 10th in the seventh-grade boys’ race. He came away with a medal, pacing the Warriors to a third-place finish overall. In the boys’ 2-mile, Jake Edholm and Dylan Graham continued to run strong, finishing 2nd and 5th, respectively. They were joined in the top 10 by newcomer Keegan Henricks, who finished right behind Graham in sixth place. These, along with strong finishes from the rest of the team, secured a first place-finish for the boys team.
Team opens at Basehor
The TMS cross country team opened its season Sept. 3 at the Basehor Bobcat Invitational. The Warrior runners put in strong performances in all races. Top finishers were eighth-graders Jake Edholm and Dylan Graham, who came away with third- and eighth-place medals respectively. The eighth-grade boys team also placed third in the overall standings.
This year’s squad is more balanced than last year’s team, which was heavily stacked eighth-grade boys.
“It’s really great to have a full team of five runners in most of our races this year,” said third-year coach Nick Myers. “It’s more exciting for the team when they know that every single place counts. They really push themselves to get better.”
THS hosts invite
The Tonganoxie High cross country teams competed in their home invitational Tuesday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. The meet took place after The Mirror’s deadline.
Other teams competing at the invitational were Bishop Seabury, Bishop Ward, Harmon, Jeff West, Kansas City Christian, Manhattan, Piper, Pleasant Ridge, St. James Academy, Wamego, Wyandotte and Washington.
The teams next will compete Saturday at the annual meet at Kansas University’s Rim Rock Farm between McLouth and Lawrence.