Cook claims championship for Tonganoxie High
Boys 2nd, girls 3rd at Kaw Valley League cross country meet
The Tonganoxie High boys cross country team narrowly missed out on winning the league title, but the Chieftains did have the top individual runner.
Drew Cook won the meet with a time of 16 minutes, 48.54 seconds, with Lansing’s Holden Giefer was the next in line, finishing second in 17:00.18.
Tonganoxie’s Carter Kietzman finished third in 17:19.4, while teammate Calvin Morgan took sixth (17:27.4) and Chandler Hamman 11th (17:39.58).
Jakob Foley placed 15th (18:20.99) and Dylan Graham (18:25.27) rounded out THS scoring.
The team now prepares for its try at a state bid Saturday. THS will run in a Class 4A regional at noon Saturday at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kan. If THS can finish in the top 3 teams, it will advance to state the next weekend in Wamego.
Bond leads THS girls to 3rd-place finish
Basehor-Linwood won a tightly contested girls varsity race.
BLHS scored 36, while Lansing scored 39. Tonganoxie placed third. And finishing with 109 was Bonner Springs.
Individually, Mia Bond led the Chieftains with a third-place finish and a time of 20:16.42. Emma Campbell placed eighth (21:05.21), Sierra Staatz 10th (21:17.93) and Emily Chambers 11th (21:23.68).
Additional THS runners finished in a pack, as Hope Creten took 18th (21:52.78), Alyssa Scott 19th (21:55.9) and Mathia Slinkard 20th (22:09.99).
The team now will seek its third consecutive state appearance as a team this weekend. THS will run in a Class 4A regional at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kan. If THS can finish in the top 3 teams, it will advance to state the next weekend in Wamego.
Boys JV race
Lansing won with 19 points, while Tonganoxie placed second (51), Bonner Springs third (80) and Basehor-Linwood fourth (94).
Josh Bosley placed second in 18:48.55, while Adrian Cullen took ninth (19:52.06) and Brendan Rogers 10th (19:52.81). Nick French placed 13th (20:24.58) and Alex Falk 23rd (21:17.9).
Girls JV race
BLHS won the girls junior varsity team title with 22, while Lansing took second (34) and Bishop Ward third (85). Overall, 28 runners competed.
Tonganoxie’s fastest runner was Erin Williams, who finished second in the race in 22:31.46. Taylor Lynne placed eighth (23:54.81) and Laura Lawson 17th (26:21.71). Samantha Angell finished 23rd in 29:06.78.