It is finally here. After an entire season of waiting, the Wildcat cross country teams will load into a suburban Friday to travel to their final meet and the destination they have been aiming for all season long.
Saturday the boys and girls teams will compete in Wamego as participants in the State cross country competition. It wasn’t an easy path to get there, but last Saturday the teams fought through frigid temperatures and harsh wind at the Regional meet in Tribune to have the boys’ team place first and the girls’ team place third.
The boys’ team won by 30 points and junior Trevor Fischer once again led the team with his first place individual finish in a time of 18:21.31. Junior Trever Medina was just 41 seconds behind Fischer and narrowly held off a runner from Victoria to claim the second place spot with a time of 19:02.22. Juniors Richard Kaiser, Chandler Van Allen and Andrew Noone were the next Wildcat runners, finishing in sixth (19:15.95), seventh (19:15.99) and 24th (20:42.21) respectively. Freshman Dominc Penka finished in 38th position with a time of 21:43.59.
Things were much closer in the team competition for the girls. The Wildcats got third place, but only three points separated them from first place. Senior Robyn Selzer placed first individually with a time of 20:52.70 and was over a minute ahead of the second place finisher. Junior Gabrielle Hammer finished in 12th place (24:38.54), freshman Alyssa Pierce finished in 14th (24:43.83), junior Janaeha Dinkel finished 21st (25:50.51), junior Hayley Pierce finished 24th (26:20.44) and freshmen Maria Escamilla and Brooklyn Bussen finished in 29th (27:13.53) and 35th place (29:32.06) respectively.
As the athletes prepare for their final race, the tone of their practices will change a bit this week.
“We really begin to look into the fact that we will be racing against ninety or a hundred other runners,” Van Allen said. “It’s a fun meet and a big accomplishment. We just do what we know, run.”
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