"There was a lot of good competition which pushed us to drop our times."

NEWTON — The McPherson High School varsity and junior varsity cross country teams competed in the Newton Invitational on Saturday at Centennial Park in Newton. The varsity girls finished eighth while the JV girls finished seventh. On the boys' side the varsity finished 13th with the JV finishing 11th.

Top finishers for each had Natalie Hedlund finishing in 11th for the varsity girls, Cody Achilles finished 49th for the varsity boys, Maggie Leaf coming in eighth for the JV girls and Graedon Green ending up in 41st for the JV boys.

"Overall I think we did pretty solid today," Bullpups coach Aspen Lott said. " Smashed a lot of PRs and season bests. There was a lot of good competition which pushed us to drop our times. We needed a meet like this before regionals; very proud of our kids today."

Next up the Pups go to the El Dorado Invitational at Bluestem Point at El Dorado State Park Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Below are complete McPherson results from the Newton Invitational:

VARSITY GIRLS:

11th Natalie Hedlund 21:27.14

26th Katie Bahr 21:53.74

32nd Kassidy Beam 22:10.58

50th Mary Ann Wurm 22:53.08

53rd Katelyn Beam 22:58.02

54th Claire Hedlund 22:59.46

59th Mya Kretzer 23:12.21

VARSITY BOYS:

49th Cody Achilles 18:15.78

53rd Isaiah Moyer 18:18.21

62nd Tyler Timson 18:33.96

78th Cole Hansen 19:24.18

86th Justus Hampton 20:17.05

88th Silas Steinert 20:21.27

96th Jackson Schrader 21:57.46

JV GIRLS:

8th Maggie Leaf 23:25.90

22nd Courtney Eickbush 23:58.74

29th Hannah Dossett 24:31.02

56th Corinne Henry 26:22.68

74th Brooke Miller 27:40.58

JV BOYS:

41st Graedon Green 20:19.24

71st Simon Steinert 21:06.52

83rd Kyler Chapman 21:39.27

84th Riley Shelton 21:40.55

89th E.J. Kretzer 21:50.52

98th Ethan Pickerell 22:26.71

109th Sam Boese 23:20.46

C TEAM BOYS:

40th Alex Houston 26:34.27

43rd Alex Mileson 28:30.74

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